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Music Major Johnny Walylko will kick off live music for Saturday’s Fall Fest after winning Pitt Program Council’s “Battle of the Bands.” Fall Fest and Pitt Arts Fest are also coordinating this year, giving students and opportunity to find out about Pittsburgh’s rich cultural life while enjoying live music, free cookies, and a color blast among many other activities.

Auditions will be held for Department of Music student ensembles beginning Monday, August 29. Our choirs and instrumental ensembles are open to students throughout the University and you are encourgaged to apply regardless of your major. Below, please find specific audition requirements for each of our groups.

We are pleased to offer our congratulations and best wishes to the members of the Class of 2016. Graduates and their families gathered with faculty and staff at the Music Building on April 2016 for a celebratory luncheon. Graduates in attendance were introduced and faculty members who had worked closely with them spoke briefly about their accomplishments.

PhD student Danielle Maggio presented a paper and a memorium at the EMP Museum, a nonprofit museum dedicated to​ contemporary popular culture.  Danielle’s paper, "Gospel Mime: Cultivating Voice of Praise Through Embodied Service," presented her local Pittsburgh research on the Gospel Mime community and showed how the unique, hybrid performance/praise

December is a busy month for performers in the Department of Music. In addition to performances by our orchestra and choirs, we are pleased to announce a Thursday Noon Recital and Jazz Performance class presentation on December 10th.

Thursday Noon Recital

Iyanna Boatwright-Buffaloe is a University of Pittsburgh sophomore, a trombonist with an affinity for New Orleans-style jazz, and the recipient of the 2015 Pitt-BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship.

Meng Ren, a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology, is among the 22 recipients of this year’s Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCKF) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in the North American region.

The Pitt Men's Glee Club returned safely to the U.S. on May 10th after a highly successful tour of Italy, including stops in Rome, Florence, Bologna, Assisi and many other locales. Glee Club members have published an extensive blog about their tour filled with vivid descriptions and wonderful photos. Summarizing the tour they write,

The Application for the 2015-2016 University of Pittsburgh/BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship is now available for download in pdf format. Download the Scholarship Application. You may also obtain a copy in person, by phone, or by writing to the following address:

University of Pittsburgh
Jazz Scholarship

On April 26, the Department of Music hosted a graduation brunch with senior undergraduates, MA and PhD graduates, and their families to celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2015.

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