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Today we welcomed new and returning grad students to the department with a a reception in the third floor lounge.

(Note: I've made Roger's comments regarding the Pitt Magazine feature on our orchestra into a separate post since they include announcements about auditions and the first meeting. —Phil Thompson, communications coordinator) 1. … and this year promises to be even more exciting (not to mention suspenseful!) For orchestra members who are returning, our first meeting is Wednesday August 29th in Bellefield Hall Auditorium 7:30 pm - strings only: Grieg: Holberg Suite 8:00 pm – Stravinsky: Petrushka Auditions for incoming members will be held on Monday - Wednesday, August 27 - 29th. There is an audition sign-up sheet posted in the 1st floor hallway of the Music Building. I might as well include the syllabus and schedule for Fall...
On Sunday the 19th of August I will be performing my first show as the newly formed electronic rock one-man band Sachem Orenda. The event takes place at Howlers Coyote Cafe on Liberty Avenue. For more information visit
The Men's Glee Club just completed their first European tour since 1990. mgc_ststeve.jpg The group is pictured here in front of St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest. mgcpeterandpaul.jpg
Michael Stephens (composition and theory) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Chadron State College in Nebraska.  The primary responsibility of the position is to teach applied woodwinds;  other duties will include teaching theory and aural skills, directing a band or bands, and teaching jazz studies. Stephens successfully defended his dissertation this spring and will graduate with his PhD in August.

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