Coming up in the 2019–20 academic year, the Department of Music will launch prison-related programming that augments campus-wide initiatives relating to the Pitt Prison Education Project (PPEP). Four new courses will be taught by ethnomusicology Professor Adriana Helbig.
Doctoral candidates Emilie Rook (Ethnomusicology) and Ben Barson (Jazz Studies) have been awarded Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowships. These fellowships are awarded by the Dietrich School and provide a year of funding to pursue dissertation research.
Congratulations to Steven Moon on being named a 2019 Fulbright Award recipient! Moon will use his Fulbright year to complete research on his dissertation “Sound, Science, Islam: Music as Healing in Istanbul.” In describing his research, Moon writes,
An Evening of Balinese Shadow Puppet Theater: Tales from the Ramayana features a pre-performance lecture by Dr. Meghan Hynson, puppetry by Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan assisted by Ida Ayu Kumalayoni, and Gender Wayang Music performed by Meghan Hynson, Yang Shuo, Wangcaixuan Zhang, and Annie Valdes.
Da Lin (PhD 2017) will give a lecture titled "Labor and Value in a Transitional Political Economy: the Case of Kun Opera in China."
Composer Elizabeth Brown, who has played shakuhachi for more than 30 years, will talk about its deep influence on her music. She will perform her recent solo Dialect as well as a piece from the traditional solo repertoire, which sounds radical even today.