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Pitt's campus is already getting quiet as students head out of town for spring break, but that doesn't mean we don't have great concerts to offer. The Men's Glee Club will tour Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois throughout the week, so don't miss this opportunity to hear them if they're coming to your area. Here's the complete itinerary:

Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Benjamin Pachter is currently in the midst of a busy travel schedule while conducting fieldwork for his dissertation. A current recipient of the Andrew W.


 Travel to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, & Austria! May 20–June 5, 2012


PhD student Bomi Jang’s composition, Three Little Pieces for Piano, was performed as part of a solo piano recital by Pablo Amorós at The XVIII Ciclo de Music Contemporanea de Malaga on January, 16, 2012 (Malaga, Spain).

The Pitt Men’s Glee Club will join the Bach Choir and Oakland Girls Choir for a pair of concerts this February.  Titled Con·sol·i·da·tion, the concerts will take place in Alumni Hall at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday February 4, 2012 at 8 p.m. and Sunday February 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. The pieces selected for this concert embrace a variety of styles spanning three centuries of music.

2011 was a very fruitful year for recording projects by members of the Department of Music. Eric Moe, Nathan Davis, Bryan Wright, Donna Amato, and IonSound Project all released new CDs.

Ethnomusicology graduate student Indra Ridwan has many accomplishments to celebrate this fall. His article on Sundanese children’s songs “Kakawihan Barudak Sunda: Sundanese Children’s Songs of West Java, Indonesia” was recently published as the lead article in the journal Asian Musicology [17(1), 2011: 7-52].

Ethnomusicology Graduate Student Meng Ren will give a talk at the Next Asia Over Lunch Meeting titled "'Why Are the Flowers So Beautiful?' Changing Cultural Policies for a United Chinese Identity." Ren's talks takes place on at 4130 Posvar Hall on Wednesday, November 16 at noon. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch or a snack to enjoy. 

Congratulations are due to Elizabeth Hoover on the publication of her article “Variations V: “Escaping Stagnation” Through Movement of Signification” in the latest issue of Current Musicology.

Music major Trent Cunningham successfully defended his Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) thesis entitled “Psychadelic Orientalism: Representations of India in the Music of the Beatles” on November 1, 2011. In the thesis, Trent shows how the grouping together of psychedelic drugs and Indian music in the British and American popular imagination was made possible by the music of the Beatles during the mid-1960s.

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