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Pictured above from L-R: Nicholas Emmanuel, Kevin Hrebinko, Patrick Gillie, Jacqueline Bleakly, Sean Malloy, Shana Fowler, Maria Parker, Kathryn Zoerb, Kathryn Farris

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.

As they pursue their graduate studies in ethnomusicology here at Pitt, Yuko Eguchi and Benjamin Pachter are already making a significant impact on the field both locally and nationally.

Glee Club Tickets Update: The William Pitt Union has run out of tickets for the Glee Club concert, but there will be more at the door on Friday night. Pitt students should come to the Bellefield Ave. entrance. All other patrons should come to the Bayard St. entrance (next to the parking lot).

Guitarist, songwriter, and producer Steve Dudas, originally from Braddock, Pennsylvania, presented a guest lecture for the Department’s Senior Seminar in Music on the Beatles as Musicians. As a songwriter and musician, Dudas has collaborated with Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, and Ozzy Ozbourne.

Composition and Theory PhD candidate Ben Harris' graphical scores were featured in Contemporanea 2010, a new music festival taking place in Udine, Italy from October 12–24. Five of Harris' scores were selected for the 60x60 portion of the festival which focuses on the synergy between visual and sonic arts.

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Charles Lwanga

Charles Lwanga, a Fulbright scholar studying composition and theory in the Department of Music, received a first place certificate of achievement for his contributions to the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar titled Global Challenges, Local Solutions: Fostering Change through Social Entrepreneurship. The seminar took place from the April 29–May 2 in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to Ryan Durkopp, who was awarded an Institute of International Education (IIE) Fulbright for the 2010-11 academic year. As part of his Fulbright, Durkopp will travel to Kankan, Guinea and conduct dissertation research. He will live and work with griot musicians for 10 months and study how their words and music shape public opinion concerning the current political situation On June 27, Guinea will hold free elections for the first time since 1958, so Durkopp's Fulbright allows him to study that nation's cultural discourse at an extraordinarliy important time.

For Pitt's Department of Music, the end of each semester is always full of wonderful music in diverse styles, and this spring is no exception. The Carpathian Ensemble performed on March 26 at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, and this video captures the group's lively performance of Chaje Shukarije (Beautfiul Girl). Enjoy!

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently featured music department graduate Ken Haney in an article about how the passage of healthcare reform will affect individual Pittsburghers and small business owners. Haney, a clarinetist and member of our Carpathian Ensemble,

“… has multiple sclerosis. He is being kept relatively functional by monthly infusions that cost $3,000 each, paid for by Medicaid because he couldn't get health insurance due to his pre-existing condition. He wants to work full time, but if he earns more than $200 a month he won't qualify for Medicaid. Without treatment, he'll become too disabled to work.”

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