Prospective Students

The Music Department’s Undergraduate Advising team – Roger Zahab, Director, and Susan Rice, Associate Director, provide advising and mentoring support to all Music majors and minors, as well as musical students from throughout the University.

Most of our faculty actively mentor students in directed and independent studies, performances, ethnographic and interdisciplinary research. For instance, students have pursued studies of Qur’anic recitation in Egypt, Roma music and culture in Eastern Europe, the study of West African culture and society through Pitt in Ghana, and creative opportunities as arranging and composing for large performing groups like the University Symphony Orchestra, and the Carpathian, African Drumming, Pitt AfroPop, and Gamelan Ensembles.

The Music department performance ensembles also provide a very high degree of student-faculty engagement. The Heinz Chapel Choir and Pitt Men’s Glee Club regularly undertake tours in the United States and abroad, and the Symphony Orchestra and University Bands perform in and around, as well as far outside of, Pittsburgh.

Find out about some of the exciting work our undergraduates are involved in with these episodes of the Music at Pitt Podcast.


Lily Turner on Teaching a Machine to Play Like Mark O'Connor


Walt Yang on Performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 

Jay Arms and Julie Wachtel on Discovering Gamelan

Emma Lebo Explores New Discipline Music


For more information about our department, or to schedule a visit or tour, please contact the Dietrich School's recruitment team at

If you are interested in graduate programs at the Dietrich School, please email for more information.