University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Students

John Bagnato

Jazz Studies
jfb30@pitt.edu

John BagnatoI am a third year jazz studies doctoral candidate interested in the relationship between jazz and the music of Latin America. I earned a BM in Jazz and Commercial Music from Manhattan School of Music and an MM in Jazz Studies from University of New Orleans, where I was a teaching fellow. My masters thesis focused on New Orleans pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk and his association with mid-nineteenth century Latin American composers. I conducted further research on this subject during the summer of 2014 in Brazil, funded by a FLAS fellowship, and I will concentrate my dissertation on a period which found Gottschalk in Rio de Janeiro. I presented this research at the Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana along with workshops on jazz improvisation. I maintain an active performing career on the guitar, cavaquinho, and tres, and my playing has been featured on albums by Donald Harrison Jr., Mario Adnet, and Bill Summers.

Benjamin Barson

Jazz Studies
bmb119@pitt.edu

Ben BarsonI am a first year PhD candidate in jazz studies and a composer, baritone saxophonist, and political activist. Before enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh's Jazz Studies program, I was mentored by the Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Fred Ho, in Baritone saxophone technique and composition, from 2009 until Mr. Ho’s passing in April of 2014. I partnered with Mr. Ho to produce several mixed media musical projects spanning the United States, from Hawaii to most recently to in Vermont of 2014.

I have played with the bands of a diverse cross-section of innovative voices in New York City’s jazz scene, ranging from Arturo O’Farrill to Craig Harris, and have performed at New York’s prestigious cultural institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Lincoln Center. As a producer & curator, I was responsible for the launch and development of the music program at the iconic Red Rooster in Harlem. I value working across disciplines, such as with choreo-prosodists Daria Fain and Robert Kocik, and with the poet Magdalena Gomez. In Pittsburgh, I play with a wide spectrum of musicians, from the reggae fusion music of Zambian artist Mathew Tembo to the jazz-funk band Chop Shop.

My scholarship, like my music, aims to bring stories of resistance and self-determination front and center. My current areas of interest relate to the struggles of Indigenous communities in Mexico as social actors that have challenged ecological destruction and unbridled capitalism. My prior work has related to the work of African American musicians to employ jazz and improvised music as sites of community building and challenges to racism and exploitation. I have presented my musical and scholarly work at the "Technologies of Liberation" Conference in Riviera, Mexico, with my partner, Gizelxanath Rodriguez; as well as at the Association For Asian American Studies Conference. Overall, I see no contradiction between my areas of study and consider jazz to be intrinsically transnational, while maintaining a Black American core, and thoroughly on the side of justice and self determination of oppressed peoples, ecological justice, and gender equality.

More about me can be found at BenBarsonMusic.com.

Jason Belcher

Composition/Theory
jwb79@pitt.edu

Jason BelcherI am a first year PhD candidate in Music Theory/Composition. I spent several years living in Boston, where I earned degrees from New England Conservatory in Contemporary Improvisation (BMus, 2010), and Composition (MMus 2012). My music generally deals with varying degrees of performer control, or the lack thereof. Before arriving in Pittsburgh, I lived in Vermont and New York, where I played with activist brass bands, and a variety of improvising musicians. My music can be heard at soundcloud.com/belchercomp  and jasonbelcher.bandcamp.com.

Christopher Capizzi

ccc36@pitt.edu
Jazz Studies

I am a 5th-year PhD candidate in Jazz Studies. My academic research is focused on the liturgical music of Mary Lou Williams and its intersections with black suffering, modern jazz, catholic theology, and 20th-century philosophy. A recent paper, “Suffering, Levinas and Modern Jazz: The Liturgical Music of Mary Lou Williams,” has been included in a 2014 Boston University conference anthology, African American Music in World Culture: Art as Refuge and Strength in the Struggle for Freedom (forthcoming). In 2012, I was awarded a grant by the Berger-Carter Jazz Research Fund at Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies to fund my research on Williams. Since then I have presented my research throughout the U.S., U.K., and Europe. I am a composer and jazz pianist, with additional interests in the music of Cuba and performance improvisation. I have an Masters in Arts Management from Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, and a BFA in Music Composition, with university honors, from the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.

Emilie Coakley

erc75@pitt.edu
Ethnomusicology

I am a first year PhD student in ethnomusicology. My research interests deal broadly with the use of music to navigate religious and national identities, with emphasis on music and Roman Catholic practice, specifically in Indonesia. Methodologically, I am fascinated by ideas of imagined communities, transnationalism, and questions of music and the body.  Before starting at Pitt, I received a BA in music from Mount Holyoke College and an MAR in Music and Religion from Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music. I have presented my work at the NECSEM, the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, "Music, Theology, and Justice" at the University of Toronto, and the "Christian Congregational Music" conference at Ripon College, Oxford and am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to continue my studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Aidan Epstein

Jazz Studies
ade15@pitt.edu

Aidan EpsteinI am a first year PhD candidate in Jazz Studies and an actively performing multi-instrumentalist specializing in bass. My academic interests mirror my passion for improvisation as I plan to focus my studies on the vocabulary used by improvisers including riffs, licks, quotes, and references. In addition, I will be leading various courses at Pitt’s music department as a teaching assistant. As a TA my goal is to inspire diverse musical tastes and knowledge in the general student body.

I’m excited to be returning to Pitt, where I earned my undergraduate degree in the spring of 2016 as an economics major and Spanish and creative writing minor. Throughout my time at Pitt I have taken an active role in the local music scene, performing with groups in various genres such as jazz, funk, jam, blues, alt rock, and bluegrass to name a few. I also participate actively in jam sessions throughout the city with the goal of creating both personal and musical connections through spontaneous and improvisational on stage performances. I also help host a semi-weekly jam session on Pitt’s campus for students and other Pittsburgh musicians.

As a bassist I have performed with the Pitt Jazz Combo directed by Geri Allen and the Pitt Jazz Ensemble directed by Ralph Guzzi and Yoko Suzuki. I have also performed on bassoon in the Pitt Symphony Orchestra directed by Roger Zahab, the Pitt Jazz Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles led by Barbara Hois. I have performed on both and bass and keys with many other groups in both Pittsburgh and Chicago, and have collaborated with a wide range of musicians in the two cities.

Marco Giusto

mag320@pitt.edu
Composition and Theory

Marco GiustoI am a first year PhD student in Composition and Theory at The University of Pittsburgh. Previously, I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Composition at the S. Cecilia Conservatory of Music of Rome, Italy, and I received my Master of Music in Composition at the Syracuse University, NY.  I also attended a workshop in England led by Simon Bainbridge and several seminars led by important composers: Gubajdulina, Luis de Pablo, David Liptak, Robert Paterson among the others. I was commissioned to participate as a composer in several Music Festivals in Italy and in the USA, and my music has been performed in England, Italy, and the USA. BYICAA , sponsor of “Welcome to CHINA 2016”, recently selected my artwork for publication through their social networks and introduced it to the Chinese art field. I am recipient of the Brian Israel Award and the 2015 Master Prize Award at Syracuse University and am a member of Pi  Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. 

Sara Gulgas

Musicology
seg80@pitt.edu

Sarah GulgasI am a fifth-year PhD candidate in Musicology specializing in Popular Music Studies. My dissertation focuses on the historical and social context of baroque rock in the 1960s, specifically its relation to hipness, memory politics, and postmodernism. Before coming to Pitt, I completed an MA in Popular Music Studies from the University of Liverpool and a BA in Music History from Youngstown State University. I have earned fellowships from the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University and the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences for research at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. I have presented my research at IASPM, SEM, Music & the Moving Image, Song, Stage, & Screen, and the Music & Screen Media Conference. My work has been published in IASPM-US Music Scenes, Popular Music and Society, and I have contributed a chapter to Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music: Essays on Rhetoric, Social Consciousness, and Contemporary Culture set for publication in 2017.

Ashley Humphrey

Ethnomusicology
arh77@Pitt.edu

Ashley HumphreyI am a third-year PhD student in Ethnomusicology. My primary research interest is focused on music of the Afro-Brazilian martial art, capoeira. My time spent as a practitioner of capoeira heavily informs my scholarship. A recent paper given at the 2013 Society for Ethnomusicology Conference entitled, “Lift Up Your Skirt!: Race, Gender, and the Sexualization of Women in Capoeira Song,” discusses intersections of race, gender, and class within the capoeira community, which will be the primary focus for my dissertation. Other areas of interest include: gender politics, music of the African diaspora, music and technology, as well as music and material culture.

Jeffery Klein

Ethnomusicology
jfk39@pitt.edu

I am a third year PhD student in ethnomusicology. I have previously studied music of Nepal and music in the lindy hop/blues dance sub-culture. I came to Pittsburgh with a Masters in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University where my thesis was on how the legal system protects identity for musicians. I am currently working on a project studying urban soundscapes in Pittsburgh in order to answer the question, “What does gentrification sound like?” I also hold bachelor degrees in music and telecommunication and a JD from Wayne State University Law School. My work on voice has appeared in Popular Music and Society and I have presented papers at a number of regional and national conferences. I have also studied Nepalese sarangi and have experience performing in both Balinese and Javanese gamelan ensembles.

Young-Soo Kim

Jazz Studies
yok55@pitt.edu

Young-Soo KimA native of South Korea, I am a PhD student in Jazz Studies. I am a jazz guitarist, composer, and educator. After graduating from Sungkyunkwan University (South Korea), I went to Europe, where I studied jazz guitar in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. I went on to earn my MA in studio/jazz guitar from the University of Southern California in 1996. I returned to Korea and worked as an associate professor at the Dong-ah Institute of Media & Arts for eight years. During that time I operated my own music school and live jazz club in Korea. In 2009 I returned to US to enter the doctoral program in Music Education/Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, from where I later transferred to the PhD program in Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Nizan Leibovich

Composition/Theory
nil28@pitt.edu

Lu-Han Li

Composition/Theory
lul31@pitt.edu

Da Lin

Ethnomusicology
dal63@pitt.edu

Da LinI received a BA in Musicology from Xi’an Conservatory of Music, China and an MA in Ethnomusicology from University of Pittsburgh. My Master's thesis, “Media, Market Economy, and Cultural Transformation: Qin Music in Contemporary China,” investigates a history of mass mediation of qin music after the 1950s. I am currently a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology, supported by an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship and a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship. My dissertation explores the political economy of Kunqu Opera in 21st century China. My research interests also include music and mediation, Intangible Cultural Heritages (ICH), music and cultural theories, and music industry.

Charles Lwanga

Ethnomusicology
chl124@pitt.edu

Dr. Charles LwangaI am a composer/theorist and a PhD student in Ethnomusicology, specializing in popular music, politics, power, and class formation in Uganda. I previously received a three-year Fulbright fellowship towards the completion of my PhD in Composition and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh, which I completed in 2012. Since then I have been a Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellow. My most recent publication on bridging ethnomusicology and composition appeared in Analytical Approaches to World Music. I came to Pitt after completing an MA at Makerere University, where I am currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition.

Alec MacIntyre

Ethnomusicology
kam291@pitt.edu

I am a third year PhD student in ethnomusicology, specializing in gender and the voice in popular music. My planned dissertation project is a multi-site ethnographic study of vocalities in drag, transgender, and other gender-variant communities. Before entering doctoral study at Pitt, I completed a Masters of Music in ethnomusicology at U.T. Austin, focusing on intersectional racial and gender dynamics in Cuban popular music of the 1930s. I am also an accomplished guitarist, having played and taught professionally prior to beginning graduate studies. I retain an interest in playing and writing about guitar in popular music.

Michael Mackey

Jazz Studies
mpm63@pitt.edu

I am a fourth-year doctoral student in Jazz Studies. I have presented research on Pittsburgh-born jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, the music of Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane. Prior to coming to Pitt, I completed a BS in Music Education and an MM in Piano Performance at Duquesne University. Before returning to academic study, I served as the Director of Bands in the South Fayette School District. During my eight-year tenure, I directed a number of middle school and high school ensembles, including the award-winning “Little Green Machine” Marching Band, and I started the district’s first jazz ensemble in over 40 years. Outside the classroom, I am the Director of Music at Holy Child Roman Catholic Parish in Bridgeville, PA. In addition to my work as a pianist, I also perform as a free-lance trumpeter and vocalist.

Danielle Maggio

Ethnomusicology
dam217@pitt.edu

Danielle MaggioI am a second year PhD student in Ethnomusicology. My research examines soul music as a lived cultural practice, an artistic genre, a marketable commodity, and an important historical site for the articulation of gender, race and class in American popular culture. I am currently engaged in an oral history project in Chicago which examines the interplay between political activism, black cultural politics, and performing arts through the musical and political affirmation of “Soul Power.”  Prior to coming to Pitt, I received my BA from an interdisciplinary Cultural Studies program at Columbia College Chicago. Before returning to academic study, I immersed myself in non-profit work as a teaching artist for the MGR Foundation where I taught an Artistic Activism class that engaged at risk youth with performance, history and community. I have also been an instructor for Pittsburgh Montessori schools, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, The South Side Community Arts Center in Chicago, IL, and Recreational Arts, Inc. in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. I have presented papers at the Cultural Studies Association Conference, the “Popular Music and Communities” conference at Case Western Reserve University, and the Ann Arbor Symposium IV “Teaching Popular Music” at The University of Michigan.

Ben McBrayer

Musicology
bmm71@pitt.edu

Ben McBrayerA PhD candidate in musicology at the University of Pittsburgh, I am currently writing my dissertation on phenomenologies of music in France after the Second World War. My research interests also include the history of English opera, conceptions of American opera, and modernism in twentieth-century French music. I received an M.M. from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where I wrote a thesis entitled "The Specter of Peter Grimes: Aesthetics and Reception in the Renascence of English Opera, 1945-53." I also hold a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Dayton.

Ryan McMasters

Composition and Theory
rcm42@pitt.edu

Ryan McMastersI am a Pittsburgh based music maker and a third year PhD candidate in Theory/Composition. My areas of research include the study of distortion, setting the poetry of H.D., the use of new technologies in performance and education, and collaborations with the hard sciences. I recently completed a residency with HATLAB, a quantum information system lab at the University of Pittsburgh and I am currently developing sonic tools for a bioengineering team working on Cystic Fibrosis research and have a residency with the Pittsburgh Glass Center for fall 2016. My new music band, WOLFTRAP, provides me a space to focus on the development of oral traditions for new music making. I hold a MM from The Hartt School in double bass performance. My music can be heard at slangavenue.bandcamp.com.

Irene Monteverde

Jazz Studies
iim4@pitt.edu


Irene MonteverdeI am a Pittsburgh native and a first year PhD candidate in Jazz Studies.  I am currently a teaching assistant to Professor Geri Allen in the University of Pittsburgh's "History of Jazz" course.  I studied for three years at the Fondazione Siena Jazz in Siena, Italy, under the instruction of Alessandro Giachero.  My graduation thesis on Astrology and Jazz accompanied two concerts - in Siena, Italy and Carnegie, PA - featuring the UDOO Smart Theremin.  Since returning to the states in 2014, I have been involved with the Carnegie Arts Initiative, including teaching music to children at the Boys and Girls Club. I hold a BA from Duquesne University in International Business and Marketing and worked in the finance industry for a Pittsburgh-based S&P500 company for four years.

Steven Moon

Ethnomusicology
steven.moon@pitt.edu

I am a second-year graduate student studying ethnomusicology. Currently, my work focuses on the performance of queer masculinities in Turkish musics, particularly within the hip-hop scene. With broad interests in queer theory and masculinity studies, I hope to expand conversations about global gender studies that acknowledge the lexical limitations of Anglo-American scholarship. Previously, my work in Turkey has focused on the intersections of music and violence, especially during the Gezi Park Protests. At Pitt, I am a two-time recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, funded by the US Department of Education and granted by the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies. I am also pursuing a PhD certificate in Global Studies, with an emphasis on Change Identities. Most recently, I received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Turkish in Baku, Azerbaijan during the summer of 2016, funded by the US State Department and administered by the American Councils for International Education.

Kevin O'Brien

Musicology
kso11@pitt.edu

I am second year PhD candidate in Musicology specializing in American popular music. I received my B.A. from James Madison University and my MM from the University of Tennessee, where I completed my master's thesis on comic song performance in the 19th- and early 20th-century American parlor. In 2013 I received a Dietrich School of Arts and Science's Research Fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh. I have presented papers at numerous regional historical, ethnomusicological, and medieval conferences. My current research interests include American minstrelsy, vaudeville, intersections of music and comedy, music in animation, Jamaican popular music, and identity formation.

 

John Petrucelli

Jazz Studies
jop69@pitt.edu

John Petrucelli

John Petrucelli is an award winning saxophonist, composer and teaching fellow from New Jersey entering his fourth year in the Jazz Studies program. He is currently completing his dissertation entitled Beyond the Sound Barrier; a multilevel analysis of the Wayne Shorter Quartet. He studied previously at Rutgers University, receiving an M.M. in Jazz Performance and an M.A. in Jazz History and Research under the advisement of Ralph Bowen and Lewis Porter. His thesis, Motivic and Harmonic Analysis of Warne Marsh: The Unissued Copenhagen Studio Recordings, can be viewed on Rutgers ETD and a book of transcriptions has been released by Score Muse Publishing Company. As a saxophonist, John has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Terence Blanchard, Geri Allen, Victor Lewis, Delfeayo Marsalis and Charles Tolliver. Petrucelli’s debut album “The Way” received critical acclaim from major jazz media including Jazz Weekly, All About Jazz and WBGO’s Radar series, and led to the invitation to be the Artist in Residence for the University of Virginia’s jazz program in the Spring of 2015, culminating with a performance of his original compositions and arrangements for large ensemble along with an academic conference with the department’s graduate students. 

Meng Ren

Ethnomusicology
mer78@pitt.edu

Meng RenI am a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology and a specialist in the music of China. My dissertation investigates the staging of the Mulan story in Chinese traditional opera during the Korean War (1950–3). I was awarded the John & Pat Hume Scholarship (2007–9) from National University of Ireland and the Chancellor’s Fellowship in Chinese Studies (2009–12) from University of Pittsburgh. Both my MA theses—one on Gustav Mahler (in musicology) and the other on folksong in Northwest China (in ethnomusicology)—have been published as journal articles. I completed a BA in German and Music at the National University of Ireland. Since 2007, I have presented at various conferences on Chinese Studies, Asian Studies, Drama Studies, and Music in Ireland, the UK, and USA.

Brian Riordan

Composition/Theory
brr48@pitt.edu

Brian RiordanBrian Riordan is a composer, performer, improviser, producer, and sound artist originally from Chicago, Illinois and is entering his fourth year as a PhD student in music composition and theory at University of Pittsburgh. His research interests involve real-time digital signal processing, and laptop performance aesthetics. He comes from a very diverse musical background and creates music that reflects the eclecticism that he has experienced. He has also studied folkloric drumming in Havana Cuba, and Morelia Mexico. As an avid collaborator, he has performed in numerous ensembles ranging from rock, jazz, classical, and experimental throughout the United States. His compositions have been performed by The JACK Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, The Meridian Arts Ensemble, The H2 Quartet, Alia Musica, and his compositions have been featured at SICPP, New Music On The Point, SPLICE, and The Walden Creative Musicians Retreat.

Ramteen Sazegari

Composition/Theory
ras182@pitt.edu

My music is informed by a synthesis of perspectives; the gestural and architectural framework shared by both concert and electronic music has lead him to create narratives that explore the juxtaposition of ambiance against modernist structures. Through my music, I work to reconcile the unrefined cultural expression of non-concert music and concert music's faceless aesthetic complexity. Among the honors I have received are the UC Davis Olga Brose Valente Memorial Prize for excellence in Music Composition and the Iron Composer Competition of the Cortona Sessions for New Music. I was also a finalist in the 2010 DuoSolo Emerging Composer Competition. My compositions have been performed by the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and have been featured at the Oklahoma State University Festival of Contemporary Music.

Laura Schwartz

lrschwartz@pitt.edu
Composition/Theory

I am a second-year PhD student in Music Composition and Theory. I attended the University of California, Davis (BA in music 2013) and Illinois State University (MM in composition 2015). My music has been performed during the 2014 Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium, the 2015 Oregon Symposium of Graduate Musicians, LA Phil’s Next on Grand: National Composer’s Intensive 2015, 2015 Nief Norf festival, and 2016 Yarn/Wire Institute. I am currently researching narrative theory, Pauline Oliveros, and electric fans. Interested in listening or collaborating? Find my music at lauraroseschwartz.com

Jonathan Shold

Musicology
jms421@pitt.edu

Jonathan SholdI am a PhD candidate in Musicology specializing in early nineteenth-century Italian opera. My dissertation research investigates Lenten opera as an intersection of religious and theatrical discourse in 1820s Naples. Before coming to Pitt I completed degrees in music history at Bowling Green State University (MM, 2011) and Wheaton College, Illinois (BM, 2009). My other research interests include Stravinsky’s neoclassical ballets and New Age music.

Codee Spinner

Musicology
cas316@pitt.edu
I am a first year graduate student of Musicology at the University of Pittsburgh. I received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from State University of New York at Fredonia. My research interests include ideas of nationalism in American and Russian music. I am primarily interested in American music of the late 19th century and the use of music in Progressive era social movements and activism. I am currently teaching Class Piano and recitations for Music Theory.

Ashley Sherman

Musicology
als408@pitt.edu

Ashley ShermanI am a first year graduate student in the Musicology program. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, I received a Bachelor of Music in Musicology from Ohio State University in 2016, where I served as a creator and editor of records for Association Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM), a music iconography database. My research interests include women in music in Spain and Portugal during the Baroque and Classical eras. Currently, I am a teaching assistant for recitation sections of Music 0211, Intro to Western Art Music.

 

Woodrow James Steinken

Musicology
wjs40@pitt.edu

I am a first-year graduate student of musicology. I attended New York University ('15), where I received a BA in Music (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and wrote a senior honors thesis, "Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser und der Sangerkrieg auf der Wartburg (1845, 1861) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868): The Song Contests, Their Connections, and Themes of Femininity and Love." This thesis also resulted in a presentation, "Richard Wagner and the Oxford Fantasists," given at the NYU-CAS Undergraduate Research Conference. Besides Wagner, I am also interested in the works of Alban Berg, Richard Strauss, and Béla Bartók. At NYU, I was also the recipient of the Elaine R. Brody Memorial Prize for an accomplished music major in both 2014 and 2015.

Devon Tipp

Composition/Theory
dot11@pitt.edu

Shaped by sonic sensitivity from a young age, Devon Tipp creates unorthodox musical environments from ostensibly incompatible realms. A first year PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, he is equally at home composing for deconstructed western woodwinds, folk instruments, the Harry Partch instruments or western orchestra, drawing influence from rich Japanese and Eastern European roots, alongside experiences in Nordic countries. He received his BA from Montclair State University, where he studied composition, microtonal music, bassoon and shakuhachi. He has also studied gagaku (traditional Japanese court music) in Tokyo, Japan. His music has been performed by microtonal specialists Kjell Tore Innervik, Veli Kujala and Tolgahan Çogulu. He has also worked with Rarescale, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, the Sudbury Guitar Trio, and members of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, and his compositions have been featured at the Soundscape Festival, Bowdoin Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Sävellyspaja Summer Composition Masterclasses, and the Tokyo International Double Reed Society Conference. For more information, please visit www.greengiraffemusic.com

Julie Van Gyzen

Musicology
jav76@pitt.edu

I am a 2nd year PhD student in Historical Musicology. Hailing from Boston, I obtained my BM in Clarinet Performance from Rhode Island College and MFA in Musicology from Brandeis University where I wrote my master’s thesis, “La Victoire du peril rose: Contextualizing Sociological Narratives and Wagnerian Aesthetics in Lili Boulanger’s Faust et Hélène.” I was awarded the A&S Fellowship in 2014 and am currently teaching Fundamentals of Music Theory and Class Piano. My current research focuses on French women composers between the World Wars, with particular interest in musical narratives of political and sociological activism and resistance.

Juan Velasquez

Musicology
Juv10@pitt.edu

Juan VelasquezI am a second year grad student in Musicology program, focusing on how modernity and modernization affected Latin American musical practice since the second half of the 19th century. I am interested in how the learning, interpretation, spreading, and composition of music reflected new imaginaries, models of representation, and ideas. I received my MA in music from Eafit University in Medellín, Colombia. My research has been supported by grants from the Carolina Foundation of Spain and the Secretary of Culture of Medellín. My first book, The Echoes of the Village: The Music in Periodical Publications of Medellín (1886-1903), was published in 2012. My current work at the University of Pittsburgh is supported by a Fulbright Fellowship.

Xinyang Wang

Composition/Theory
xiw86@pitt.edu

Xinyang Wang

Jeff Weston

Composition/Theory
jmw212@pitt.edu

I compose music at the University of Pittsburgh, where I am a third-year PhD Fellow working towards a doctorate in Music Composition and Theory and a PhD Certificate in Cultural Studies. my music is concentrated on exploring modes of expressivity through the interactions of balance, repetition, space and physicality. My current analysis interests include the use of music in Hermann Nitsch’s Aktions. I have studied composition with Amy Williams, Eric Moe, Christopher Dietz, Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, and Brooke Joyce. I have garnered performances and fellowships at such venues as the International Young Composers’ Forum, Vox Novus Composers’ Voice Series, Cal State University New Music Festival, Red Note New Music Festival, North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, Contagious Sounds Series, Iowa Composers’ Forum, Bowling Green State University New Music Festival, University of Alberta NCounters Festival, University of Toronto, soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy and Radio France. Before coming to Pitt I completed a MM in Music Composition at Bowling Green State University where I served as graduate assistant for the Mid American Center for Contemporary Music.

Hei Ting (Hety) Wong

Ethnomusicology
hew25@pitt.edu

Hei Ting WongI am a PhD student studying Ethnomusicology. I completed my MA degree in ethnomusicology from University of Pittsburgh with a thesis on Leehom Wang's music in the ethnic-Chinese diaspora. Prior to attending graduate school at Pitt, I graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oregon. I began learning Thai classical music and Javanese Gamelan when I was in the exchange program at National University of Singapore. My research focuses on Chinese popular music—including both Cantonese and Mandarin music—in relation to identity construction, media and new media development, and political influences in post-colonial Hong Kong. I am qualified in Grade 8 Singing of ABRSM, and I have worked as a choral conductor and secondary school teacher in Hong Kong. During the 2015–16 academic year, I was a resident scholar at the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University.

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