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The Department of Music is a community that is often bursting with energy and life, and so it is difficult to face the reality of some of our treasured colleagues passing on from this life.

At the recent Music Library Association’s annual conference in Atlanta the MLA Citation was awarded to James P. Cassaro, Head of the University of Pittsburgh’s Theodore M. Finney Music Library and Assistant Professor of Music.

March 28, 2014 - 4:00pm

Guthrie Ramsey will present a lecture titled “The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs.” The presentation will comprise a reading from Guthrie's new book on Bud Powell followed by a discussion of jazz, Afromodernism and mental health, topics linked to the life and career of Bud Powell.

Emily Zazulia, assistant professor of music, has been awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support 12 months of research. Professor Zazulia will use the fellowship to work on her first monograph: a wide-ranging study of notational aesthetics, ca. 1300-1520.

This November Pittsburgh played host to musicologists from across the country, convening for the annual national meeting of the American Musicological Society. Among the fascinating work presented over the course of the weekend was a panel featuring two University of Pittsburgh graduate students, Hylton Smith and Jonathan Shold. Both papers came out of seminar work prepared in Dr.

Graduate student Juan Velasquez will present his paper "Orfeo Impreso: edición y práctica musical en América Latina, a través del caso de Medellín, Colombia (1886-1903)"[Orfeo Printed: musical printing and musical practice in Latin America in Medellín, Colombia (1886-1903)] at the 8th International Colloquium on Musicology, which will be held in conjunction with the first conference of the IMS

Members of the American Musicological Society have descended on Pittsburgh for the organization’s annual meeting and Department of Music faculty and graduate students are very much involved.

November 9, 2013 - 12:30pm

Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra will host an open reading session of large-ensemble pieces by John Cage, including the massive 101, as part of the American Musicological Society's meeting in Pittsburgh. Anyone playing an orchestral instrument is encouraged to participate! Bring instruments and invite friends, students, and colleagues!

September 27, 2013 - 4:00pm

Dr. Robert Walser will present a lecture titled "Why Are There So Many Songs?" Dr. Walser earned doctoral degrees in both musical performance and musicology, and has since acquired certification as a Pro Tools Operator and an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician.

Department of Music graduate students Sara Gulgas and Jonathan received Outstanding Presenter awards at Pitt’s Grad Expo 2013. Gulgas and Shold, both studying musicology, will receive a $100.00 reimbursement for the purchase of materials or to defray travel/research costs.

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