Brooks, Current Grad Students and Alumni Featured on Patchwork Show

Several current composition graduate students and recent alumni will be featured on an upcoming performance by Patchwork, a sax and drums duo comprising Noa Even and Stephen Klunk. Sharing the stage with Patchwork are Aaron Myers-Brooks (PhD ’14) performing original compositions for electric guitar, and How Things are Made, the improvisational/conceptual trio featuring Matt Aelmore (PhD ’15), doctoral candidate Brian Riordan, and multidisciplinary innovator David Bernabo. Filling out the bill is Radon Chong, frequently described as Pittsburgh’s answer to Captain Beefheart.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Graduates of the BA, MA, and PhD programs gathered together with faculty, staff, and family members for a meal and recognition ceremony for our artist/scholars and the milestones they have achieved. Faculty advisors summarized each graduate’s area of focus and accomplishments in way that was highly personal and indicative of the close collaboration that occurs between our faculty and students. Thanks to all the Graduates and family members who joined us for this wonderful time of celebration!


Steinken Wins Best Paper Award

We are pleased to announce that Woodrow Steinken won the West Virginia University Press Award for Best Student Paper for his paper "From the Depths: The Invented Interiority of Alban Berg's Lyric Suite." The award is presented annually by the Allegheny chapter of the American Musicological Society. The committee released the following statement about Steinken’s paper:

Four Mellon Fellowships Awarded

mellon fellows

The Department of Music is pleased to announce that four of our doctoral candidates have been selected as Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellows for the 2017–18 academic year. Jazz studies doctoral candidate John Bagnato, composer/theorists Ryan McMasters, and Brian Riordan, and musicologist Juan Fernando Velásquez Ospina are each poised to complete innovative research and creative work during their fellowship years.