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Updated with video: If you're running in Pittsburgh's Great Race on Sunday, you'll get a pick-me-up around the three-mile mark as you pass Pitt's Music Building. The Carpathian Ensemble, led by Adriana Helbig, will be on the front lawn cheering on racers with their unique brand of immigrant folk funk. We have some video of the group rehearsing posted to our Facebook page, (which, by the way, you can like). Run strong and enjoy the music!

Composition and Theory PhD candidate Matthew Heap is a finalist in the Iron Composer Competition. On the morning of the competition, Iron Composer provides each finalist with an instrumentation, secret musical ingredient, and five hours to compose a new work which is then performed and broadcast live that same evening.

The Department of Music is pleased to announce our recent graduates and award recipients for the 2010–11 academic year. Below is a complete list of graduates and awardees. Congratulations to all!

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.

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