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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

Betty! They Say I’m Different (Native Voice Films, 2017) is a documentary for which PhD candidate Danielle Maggio was associate producer. The film will be screened multiple times in Pittsburgh beginning on February 25th through March 3:

PhD candidate Ben Barson is one of 15 recipients of the 2018 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has made the awards since 2002 to encourage jazz composers under the age of 30. Barson received an award for his composition Insurrealista which he describes as an,

Ethnomusicology graduate student Shuo Yang’s article “Rocking the Tradition or Traditionalizing Rock?” A Music Performance on Chinese Reality Show China Star” has been published in Ethnomusicology Review. Yang explores the reactions to two performances of pop singer Tan Weiwei in which the star singer blends driving rock style with the traditional Huayin Laoqiang opera.

WQED FM 89.3 will rebroadcast holiday concerts by the Heinz Chapel Choir and Men's Glee Club on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively. You can also listen online by visiting the Click on the "Listen Live" link.

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 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.”

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