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The Music Graduate Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017

Several current composition graduate students and recent alumni will be featured on an upcoming performance by Patchwork, a sax and drums duo comprising Noa Even and Stephen Klunk.

Two ethnomusicology graduate students, Wangcaixuan Zhang and Hei Ting Wong, have contributed articles to the October 2017 newsletter of the Association of Chinese Music Research.

The Pitt Jazz Composers Concert is open to Pitt students, faculty, staff, and alumni and will take place on March 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. in Bellefield Hall. Scores are due on February 1, 2018. Visit music.pitt.edu/pjc for complete submission guidelines.

Danielle MaggioDoctoral candidate Danielle Maggio's research on blues singer Betty Davis is now featured on explorepartsunknown.c

Jazz Studies PhD candidate Ben Barson’s music and research was recently highlighted in an interview with the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. Barson is a composer, bari sax virtuoso, and scholar whose research focuses on stories of “resistance and self-determination.”

Composition/Theory PhD student Devon Tipp’s music will be featured as part of a series of workshops and performances on Friday, October 13. Hosted by Pitt’s Asian Studies Center, these events will provide an exploration of both traditional and contemporary Japanese music. 

Department of Music ensembles usually wait until spring break or the end of the spring term to go on tour, but some opportunities are too significant to pass up. Such is the case with an invitation to the Pitt Men’s Glee Club from the government of West Flanders in Belgium to perform at the Waregem Flanders Fields Commemorative Weekend taking place on October 8.

Auditions will be held for Department of Music student ensembles at the beginning of the fall term. Our choirs and instrumental ensembles are open to students throughout the University and you are encouraged to apply regardless of your major. Below, please find specific audition requirements for each of our ensembles.

African Music and Dance Ensemble

Jeff WestonJeff Weston, a doctoral candidate in composition and theory, has received a commission from the Ernst Krenek Institut Privatstiftung. Weston will compose a 10–15 minute chamber work to be premiered by Klangforum Wien in 2018.

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