Guest Artists Series

Our guest artists series such as the Jazz Seminar and Concert, Music on the Edge, and Ensemble in Residence IonSound Project give students and the community the experience of seeing and hearing performers who are leaders in their respective genres. Visiting performers often share their ideas and motivations through workshops, lectures, and informal chats before or after concerts.

Jazz Seminar and Concert

The Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert was the first academic jazz seminar in the country to feature international artists connecting with aspiring students in a lecture format, then performing together as an ensemble. This four-day event is a true celebration devoted to the teaching, performing, and documenting of one of America’s most original art forms — jazz.

Music on the Edge

Music on the Edge (MOTE) presents about six concerts each year featuring visiting artists as well as the Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roger Zahab. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by professional musicians.

University Gamelan Spring Concert

Each year the Department of Music and University Gamelan Ensemble sponsors a series of educational and artistic events that are intended to increase public awareness of the arts and cultures of Indonesia.  Guest artists from Indonesia are invited to serve as teachers and artists-in-residence for a period of several weeks. Artists participate in regular gamelan classes and rehearsals, and present public lectures, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and concerts during their residencies.