University of Pittsburgh

Alumni

Our graduate program has a high rate of placement of its graduates in academic jobs and other professional positions. Below is a sampling from those who have graduated since 1986, to give you an idea the paths our recent graduates have followed after leaving the University of Pittsburgh. 

Alumni Placement in Tenured and Tenure-Stream Positions

Christopher Ruth, PhD 2013, Musicology
Auxiliary Assistant Professor, Shenandoah University

James H. Moore, PhD 2012, Jazz Studies
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Ensembles
Chair of the Department of Music, West Virginia Wesleyan College

Matthew Heap, PhD 2012, Composition/Theory
Assistant Professor of Music
West Virginia University

Charles Corey, PhD 2011, Composition/Theory
Director of the Harry Partch Institute at the University of Washington

Laurie Sampsel, PhD 2009, Musicology
Associate Professor of Music and Faculty Director, Walz Library
University of Colorado at Boulder

James Ogburn, PhD 2009, Composition/Theory
Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory/ Coordinator of Music Theory
The Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University

Sister Marie Agatha Ozah, PhD 2008, Ethnomusicology
Assistant Professor, The Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University

Pedro Aponte, PhD 2008, Musicology
Assistant Professor of Music, James Madison University School of Music

Shanna Lorenz, PhD 2007, Ethnomusicology
Assistant Professor of Music, Occidental College

Eun-Young Jung, PhD 2007, Ethnomusicology
Assistant Professor of Music, University of California at San Diego

Michael Stephens, PhD 2007, Composition/Theory
Associate Professor of Music and Music Department Chair, Chadron State College

Carolina Delgado-Santamaria, PhD 2006, Ethnomusicology
Professor, Departamento de Musica, Facultad de Artes,
Ponitifica Universidad Javeriana, Bogata, Colombia

S. Alexander Reed, PhD 2005, Composition/ Theory
Assistant Professor of Music at Ithaca College

Hessun Kim, PhD 2004, Ethomusicology
Assistant Professor, Department of General Education,
Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea

Gary Fineberg, PhD 2004, Ethnomusicology/ Jazz
Assistant Professor of Music, Music Department Co-chair, Director of Jazz Studies, and Director of Brass Studies,
The College of New Jersey

Lei Ouyang Bryant, PhD 2004, Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor of Music
Swarthmore College

Mark Peters, PhD 2003, Musicology
Associate Professor of Music and Music Department Chair,
Trinity Christian College

Kenneth Prouty, PhD 2002, Ethnomusicology/ Jazz
Assistant Professor of Music, Michigan State University

Ahmed Madkour,
 PhD 2002, Music Theory/Composition,
Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition,
Cairo Conservatoire in Egypt

Tatiana Dutoit, PhD 2001, Composition/ Theory
Assistant Professor in Music Theory, New Mexico Highlands University

Leonora Saavedra, PhD 2001, Musicology
Associate Professor of Music, University of California-Riverside

George Dor, PhD 2001, Ethnomusicology
McDonnell-Barksdale Chair of Ethnomusicology and Professor of Music
University of Mississippi

Kent Engelhardt, PhD 2001, Ethnomusicology/Jazz
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Youngstown State University

Sylvia Nanyonga-Tamusuza, PhD 2001, Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor of Music, Makerere University, Uganda

Eli Tamar, PhD 2000, Composition/Theory
Assistant Professor, Duquesne University

Emmett Price, PhD 2000, Ethnomusicology/ Jazz
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies,
Northeastern University

David Keberle, PhD 1999, Composition/ Theory
Assistant Professor of Music, CUNY College Staten Island

Jerica Oblak, PhD 1999, Composition/Theory
Composition faculty, Department of Music and Performing Arts
Professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Educations and Human Development,
New York University

Kwasi Ampene, PhD 1999, Ethnomusicology
University of Michigan, Department of Afro-American and African Studies
Associate Professor DAAS, Professor of Music, School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Gillian Rodger, PhD 1998, Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor of Music, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Tong Soon Lee, PhD 1998, Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor of Music, Emory University

Blase Scarnatti, PhD 1998, Musicology
Associate Professor of Music, Northern Arizona University

Nimrod Baranovitch, PhD 1997, Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Asian Studies,
University of Haifa

Barbara White, PhD 1997, Composition/ Theory
Associate Professor of Music, Princeton University

Christopher Pak, ABD 1996, Ethnomusicology
Lecturer, Head of Academic Studies in Music,
Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

Patricia Opondo, PhD 1996, Ethnomusicology
Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nancy Guy, PhD 1996, Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor of Music, University of California-San Diego

Frank Sciannameo, MA 1996, Musicology
College Distinguished Scholar in Multidisciplinary Studies,
School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University

Andrew Kohn, PhD 1995, Composition/Theory
Associate Professor of Music, West Virginia University

Helen Rees, PhD 1994, Ethnomusicology
Professor of Ethnomusicology, UCLA

Cosmo Barbaro, PhD 1993, Ethnomusicology

Associate Professor of Music, Edinboro State University

Mark Sunkett (1949–2014), PhD 1993, Ethnomusicology/ Jazz
Associate Professor of Music, Arizona State University

Steve Knopoff, ABD 1992, Ethnomusicology
Lecturer in Musicology, Head of Integrated Studies

Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Elder School of Music, University of Adelaide

Mingdao Chen, MA 1992, Ethnomusicology
Professor, China Conservatory of Music, Beijing

Robert Grimes, PhD 1992, Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor of Music and Dean, Fordham University

Ying Fen Wang, PhD 1992, Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Musicology, National Taiwan University

Ping-hui Li, PhD 1991, Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor of Music, University of Puerto Rico

Ann Labounsky, PhD 1991, Musicology
Professor of Organ, Chair of Organ and Sacred Music, Duquesne University

Yong Yang, MA 1990, Composition/Theory
Professor, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

Steven Saunders, PhD 1990, Musicology
Professor of Music, Colby College

Chinyerem Ohia, PhD 1989, Composition and Theory
Associate Professor, Howard University

J. Lawrence Witzleben, PhD 1987, Ethnomusicology
Professor of Music, University of Maryland-College Park

Sau-yan Chan, PhD 1986, Ethnomusicology
Professor of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Reza Vali, PhD 1985, Composition/ Theory
Associate Professor, Theory/Composition
Carnegie Mellon School of Music

Geri Allen, MA 1983, Ethnomusicology and Jazz
Director of Jazz Studies, University if Pittsburgh

Marilyn Taft Thomas, PhD 1982, Composition/ Theory
Professor of Theory and Composition,
Carnegie Mellon School of Music

Steven Block, PhD 1981, Composition/ Theory
Chairperson, Department of Music
Professor, The University of New Mexico

 

Ellen Koskoff, PhD 1976, Ethnomusicology
Professor of Ethnomusicology; Director, World Music Certificate and Ethnomusicology Diploma Program
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Other employment related to music and culture, including visiting, adjunct, and part-time academic positions

Ben Pachter PhD 2013
Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio
Dublin, Ohio

 

Ayo Oluranti, PhD 2012, Compostion/Theory
Post-Doctoral Fellow at Tshwane University in Pretoria, South Africa


Kerrith Livengood, PhD 2012, Composition/Theory
Adjunct Instructor at University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign


Elizabeth Hoover, PhD 2012, Musicology
Lecturer in Musicology
The Miami University Department of Music, Oxford, Ohio


Mark Fromm, PhD 2012, Composition/Theory
Adjunct Teacher (Instrumental Music/Vocal - Music Composition and Music Technology)
Pittsburgh Public Schools Creative and Performing Arts 6-12


Oyebade Dosunmu, PhD 2010, Ethnomusicology
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Department of Music
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts


Jason Squinobal, PhD 2009, Ethnomusicology
Teacher - Newton South High School, directs the Newton South Jazz Combo, teaches Jazz Improvisation, and Music Technology


Daniel J. Grimminger, PhD 2009, Musicology
Visiting Assistant Professor in Musicology, 2010–11
Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, Kent State University


J.S. Kofi Gbolonyo, PhD 2009, Ethnomusicology
Visiting Assistant Professor 2009-10, University of British Columbia


Ivan Jimenez, PhD 2007, Composition and Theory
Occasional teaching for Music Dept. at University of Pittsburgh as a part-time instructor


Carlos Peña, MA 2007
Assistant Music Librarian, University of Pittsburgh


Federico Garcia, PhD 2006, Composition and Theory
Founder and Director of Alia Musica


Eric Beeko, PhD 2005, Ethnomusicology
Occasional teaching for Music Dept. at University of Pittsburgh as a part-time instructor


Kayoung Lee, PhD 2005
Researcher at Yonsei Music Research Institute
Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea


Jason B. Grant, PhD 2005, Musicology
Staff Editor, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works
Packard Humanities Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Burkhart Reiter, PhD 2005, Composition and Theory
Occasional teaching for Music Dept. at University of Pittsburgh as a part-time instructor


Sara Casey, PhD 2003, Hist. Musicology
Occasional teaching for Music Dept. at University of Pittsburgh as a part-time instructor


Robert Metil, PhD 2000, Ethnomusicology
Instructor, University of Pittsburgh,
Adjunct Professor of Music, Chatham College


Doretta Whalen, PhD 1999 Ethnomusicology and Jazz
Part-time Instructor, University of Pittsburgh


Jeff Pannebaker, PhD 1998, Musicology
Director of Music Ministry, Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, MD


Loyda Camacho, PhD 1998, Composition and Theory
Adjunct Professor, Montgomery County Community College of Pennsylvania


John Marcinizyn, PhD 1998, Composition and Theory
Artist-Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University
Adjunct Instructor, Seton Hill University


Elizabeth Jean Stowe, MA 1997, Musicology
Librarian, Live Oaks Library, Savanna, GA


Greg Scheer, MA 1993, Composition/Theory
Minister of Worship at Church of the Servant, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Damien Pwono, PhD 1992, Ethnomusicology
Executive Director Global Intitiative on Art, Culture & Society
The Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C.

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