The New York Times recently featured the work of composer Kerrith Livengood (PhD 2012). Livengood's string quartet This Is My Scary Robot Voice was performed by the Argus Quartet at Miller Theater and received accolades in the Times’ “That Decisive Moment” column.
Congratulations to Kerrith Livengood for this much-deserved recognition!
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.
Composition/Theory PhD student Devon Tipp’s music will be featured as part of a series of workshops and performances on Friday, October 13. Hosted by Pitt’s Asian Studies Center, these events will provide an exploration of both traditional and contemporary Japanese music.
The Department of Music of the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-stream Assistant Professor position in Musicology to begin September 1, 2018, pending budgetary approval. A Ph.D. in a relevant field must be in hand by the time of appointment.
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!
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:
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.
The Music Graduate Student Organization at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its first annual conference, to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017