University of Pittsburgh


February 24, 2012 - 4:00pm

Jeffrey S. Sposato, Associate Professor of Musicology
Moores School of Music, University of Houston

March 30, 2012 - 4:00pm

Biography – the story of a person’s life – is one of the most popular types of literature today. Yet biography also holds an important place in scholarship. Biographies invite us to consider what effect, if any, an individual may have on the larger course of events.

January 20, 2012 - 4:00pm

While Disney has long dominated animation, its supremacy has been challenged of late by Pixar, its greatest competitor (and now subsidiary). Among the many things that puts Pixar ahead is a very holistic approach to creating the world of the cartoon, both visually and sonically.

Congratulations are due to Elizabeth Hoover on the publication of her article “Variations V: “Escaping Stagnation” Through Movement of Signification” in the latest issue of Current Musicology.

Doctoral candidate in musicology Elizabeth Hoover presented a paper titled "Variations V: “Escaping Stagnation” Through Movement of Signification" at Movement, a conference presented by the Graduate forum and the Department of Music at Harvard University.

February 8, 2011 - 7:30pm

As part of its two-week long festival celebrating the music of famed Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present two events at Bellefield Hall Auditorium. These programs take place on Saturday, February 5th and Tuesday, February 8th and are co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the Film Studies Program.

October 8, 2010 - 4:00pm

Julie Cumming, Associate Professor of Music, McGill University
From Two-Part Framework to Movable Module: Changes in Compositional Process in the Fifteenth Century

Laurie J. Sampsel (PhD 2010) has been awarded the Music Library Association’s Vincent H. Duckles Award for the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music. The honor comes in response to Sampsel’s Music Research: A Handbook (Oxford University Press, 2009), a monograph that draws on her extensive experience as an Associate Professor and Head of the Music Library at University of Colorado, Boulder. The MLA’s encomium for Music Research: A Handbook sums up both what Sampsel’s book has to offer and why her contribution is so significant.

April 24, 2010 - 9:00am

The University of Pittsburgh’s Music Department, in collaboration with the Center for American Music, the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT) and Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh (OTP), is pleased to announce a symposium on Stephen Foster in American cultural history. The symposium brings together national and international scholars for the first-ever scholarly gathering on Foster, timed to coincide with the premiere of a theater work based on his music. The Symposium will examine the songs’ meanings and role in culture of the United States and as an American export abroad, during the composer’s lifetime (1826-86) and subsequent generations.

When I recently met with Visiting Professor of Music John A. Rice in his office he was laboring over digitizing old microforms. The scanning process was not working quite how he expected, with only parts of the document showing up in the digital files. Rice was frustrated by the setback, but undaunted. And why should he be? Rescuing important information from obscurity is a big part of what he does as a musicologist, whether the goal is to strengthen the content of his graduate seminar or bring the work of an unjustly neglected 18th century composer back into the repertoire.

The Department of Music decided to invite Professor Rice as a visiting Professor in order to fill in some of the gaps left by the retirements of Professors Mary Lewis and Don Franklin. He brings...

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