Members of the University of Pittsburgh community and the general public will gather to remember the late Geri Allen, former director of the Pitt Jazz Studies program, at a memorial service on September 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Heinz Chapel on South Bellefield Avenue, Oakland.
Allen passed away June 27 following a battle with cancer. She was 60.
The program will include remarks from Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher; Kathleen Blee, the Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; Janis Burley Wilson, CEO and president of the August Wilson Center; Michael Heller, Pitt assistant professor of jazz studies; Deane Root, chair of Pitt’s Department of Music; and Mount Allen III, Allen’s brother.
Musical interludes will be provided by Pitt undergraduate, graduate and faculty musicians. A livestream of the memorial service will be available to the public at http://pi.tt/geriallenmemorial. The stream will begin a few moments before the start of the service. If you are following the livesrream, you may wish to download the program.
A nationally recognized pianist and composer, Allen headed up the Pitt Jazz Studies program beginning in 2014, when she officially joined the faculty after coordinating the fall 2013 Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert. She took the reins after the founding director of the program, Nathan Davis, retired.
Her University of Pittsburgh obituary can be found here.
This post has been updated.