Students from all over the University participate in musical activities and performances, and are often joined in the ensembles by faculty and members of the community at large. Find out how to join the different music department ensembles below.
The orchestra performs John Cage's Living Room Music, Fred Ho’s When the Real Dragons Fly! for bari sax and orchestra with soloist Ben Barson, and Mahler’s Symphony no. 5 (movements 1, 2 and 3).
Pitt's orchestra performs Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto, featuring student soloist Clement Ekaputra, and Antonin Dvorak's Serenade for strings in E major, op 22. Codee Spinner takes the podium to conduct Julia Perry's Symphony in one movement for violas and string basses.
Pitt's Symphony Orchestra performs a new work by Daniel S. Godfrey for clarinet and orchestra. The composition is in memory of Roger Hendrix and features faculty soloist Mary Beth Malek. The orchestra closes out the program with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Johannes Brahms's Symphony no. 4.
Auditions and signups will be held for Department of Music student ensembles at the beginning of the fall term. Our choirs and instrumental ensembles are open to students throughout the University and you are encouraged to apply regardless of your major. Below, please find specific instructions for each of our ensembles.
The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs the Scherzo from Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony and Copland's Quiet City with soloists Matthew Rosenblatt (trumpet) and Daniel Rothman (English Horn). Faculty artist Tina Faigen will be featured on Brahms's Piano Concerto no. 1.
Please note that the premiere of Karen Brown's Medusa for euphonium and orchestra has been postponed.
Pitt's Symphony Orchestra presents a new work by graduate composer Laura Schwartz and Dvorak's famous New World Symphony.