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This spring, Composition/Theory doctoral candidate Aaron Brooks received premieres of two new works by New York-based ensemble Collide-O-Scope Music.  Both concerts took place in New York City.

The Department of Music said a fond farewell to 11 graduates on Sunday April 28th at the William Pitt Union, showering them with good wishes and a mountainous brunch before they headed to the day’s main commencement ceremony at the Petersen Events Center.

Jonghee Kang, a graduate student in composition and theory, has had a busy and successful year. She completed a commission for gayageum ensemble, won the Dead Elf Prize in composition, and will participate in festivals in Münster, Germany and Buffalo, New York in the coming months.

Department of Music graduate students Sara Gulgas and Jonathan received Outstanding Presenter awards at Pitt’s Grad Expo 2013. Gulgas and Shold, both studying musicology, will receive a $100.00 reimbursement for the purchase of materials or to defray travel/research costs.

When the Pitt Men’s Glee Club performs on Saturday Night at St. Paul’s Cathedral it will not mark the closing of the spring semester so much as the launch of the Club’s European tour.

Applications are now available for the 2013–14 University of Pittsburgh-BNY Mellon Jazz Scholarship. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who will be enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in September of 2012. The scholarship is divided between the Fall and Spring terms.

When the stage lights come up, the auditorium is enveloped in glowing warmth. The bright lights reflect off tuned metal bowls, gongs, and xylophones. When the musicians begin to play, western ears, used to the artificially even intervals of equal-tempered tuning, bask in the sound of intervals that hew to naturally occurring overtones.

Our friends at Pitt Arts will present An Afternoon with Mason Bates on Wednesday, March 20, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the William Pitt Union Assembly Room.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has commissioned University of Pittsburgh composers Professor Mathew Rosenblum, Assistant Professor Amy Williams, and current doctoral candidate Bomi Jang for the orchestra’s 2013–14 season in what is being billed as the Year of Pi

Bryan Wright, a doctoral candidate in musicology, recently returned from spending a week-and-a-half in Kansas and Missouri as the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation's 2013 Artist in Residence.

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