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­How do you teach students with little or no formal musical training how to hear and understand the subtleties of music from the 14th and 15th centuries?

Rachel Mundy is one of three new Assistant Professors this year in the Department of Music. As a musicologist, she adds to the interdisciplinary richness of the Department with expertise in an area of research that is so new it was up to her to give it a name: animanities.

Today's front-page story in The Pitt News introduces our three new Department of Music faculty members: musicologists Rachel Mundy and Emily Zazulia and ethnomusicologist Gavin Steingo. Noting how unusual it is for a department to bring in three new faculty members at the same time, the article provides insight into how Mundy, Steingo, and Zazulia understand their respective disciplines and how they envision contributing to the Department’s mission.

October 26, 2012 - 4:00pm

Around 1940, Pyotr Ilyich Chaikovsky, a 19th-century Russian composer of  ostensibly non-proletarian social origins and lifestyle, became the musical and ethical symbol of the Soviet state in its Stalinist prime.

October 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Dr. Inna Naroditskaya, Northwestern University, will present a lecture titled "The Queen of Spades: Gambling on Recognition."

September 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

Humanities Center Short-term Fellow Susan McClary will give a lecture titled “Evidence of Things Not Seen: History, Subjectivities, Music: Critical Musicological Reflections.” The lecture will incorporate responses by Nancy Condee (Global Studies), Kathryn Flannery (English), and Andrew Weintraub (Music).&

September 18, 2012 - 5:00pm

Humanities Center Short-term Fellow Susan McClary will give a lecture titled “Salome in the Court of Queen Christina.”  On September 20, McClary will give a second talk, “Evidence of Things Not Seen: History,

Though he retired in 2009, Don Franklin (Professor of Music, Emeritus) continues to keep up a busy schedule of research and publication. This April, Franklin presented a paper in a Mozart Colloquium held at the Harvard University Music Library.  He was one of 12 participants representing current areas of research in Mozart studies.

This year’s graduation marked the end of a particularly fruitful year for the Department of Music graduating class, current students, and alumni.

2012 Graduates and Current Students

Congratulations are in oder for Elizabeth Hoover (PhD 2012, musicology), who has been appointed a Lecturer in Musicology at Miami University in Ohio. Dr. Judith Delzell, Chair of the Department of Music at Miami University, expressed particular pleasure in appointing Hoover, who earned her BA from MU with a concentration in literature and theory. Delzell writes that,

“In 2002 I offered Elizabeth an oboe scholarship to come to Miami as an undergraduate; in 2012 I offered her a faculty job!”

Read the complete article from Miami University.

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