University Orchestra

Ensemble Auditions, 2016–17

Auditions will be held for Department of Music student ensembles beginning Monday, August 29. Our choirs and instrumental ensembles are open to students throughout the University and you are encourgaged to apply regardless of your major. Below, please find specific audition requirements for each of our groups.

Gospel Choir

The Gospel Choir will have an open rehearsal on Thursday, September 1 in 123 Music Building from 6–7:40 p.m. No prepared music needed. Come and explore singing gospel music!

October 5: University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Join Roger Zahab and the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for the first concert in the ensemble's 40th Anniversary Season! The program will include the premiere of Zahab's own entelechron symphonies ( which he describes as "written for the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and all its orchestrians past, present and future/dedicated to those who like to play with others"),  Saint Saëns' Cello Concerto no. 1 with soloist Eric Cyphers, and Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony no. 41 in C major.

Pitt's Symphony Orchestra and Geri Allen Perform Mary Lou Williams

World renowned jazz pianist Geri Allen joins Pitt's Symphony Orchestra as soloist on Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite. The program also includes Philip Thompson's double bass concerto, Finney's Prayer, with soloist Andrew Kohn, the premiere of Andrew Kohn's trombone concerto, Finney's Birthplace, with soloist Kevin McManus, and Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz.

Pitt's Symphony Orchestra Premieres David Mahler Work

The University of Pittsburgh Symphony shows off the different sections of the orchestra with Carlo Gesualdo's brass septet, Moro, lasso, al mio duolo, Franz Krommer's Partita in F major, op. 77 for winds, and the premiere of David Mahler's After the Traveler (Sounding a Place to Stay) for string orchestra. The orchestra will reunite to perform Symphony in C by Georges Bizet.

Pitt Arts Arts Festival 2014

Pitt Arts will host its second annual Arts Festival on Friday, September 5 and once again the slate of performers will highlight some of our outstanding Department of Music students. Our string quartet, featuring violinists Jennifer Hess and Olivia Jackson, cellist Eric Gratta and violin and viola instructor/orchestra director Roger Zahab on viola, will kick off the festival at noon on the porch of the William Pitt Union. Later on, at 3:30, members of the Pitt Jazz Ensemble will take to the WPU porch to entertain Festival attendees.