The Society for American Music honored Department of Music Chair Deane Root with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his scholarship in American music and overall academic leadership. During its most recent national meeting, SAM issued a citation outlining the scope of Root's impressive career.
Bryan S. Wright (PhD 2016), a pianist and instructor in the University of Pittsburgh's Music Department, has been nominated for a Grammy Award by the Recording Academy for his liner notes accompanying the 3-CD set The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin played by pianist Richard Dowling (Rivermont Records, 2017). Scott Joplin (b. 1867/8–d. 1917) was an American composer, notable for his many piano rags, waltzes, marches, and for his two operas. Wright and Dowling co-produced the new recording in celebration of this year's 150th anniversary of Scott Joplin's birth.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Classical Music critic Jeremy Reynolds has provided an in-depth preview of next week's Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival and Symposium, including interviews with renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and Pitt faculty composer Mathew Rosenblum. Krakauer will be the soloist in the premiere of Rosenblum's composition Lament/Witches Sabbath.
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.
Each semester the Department of Music presents visiting scholars who are leaders in their fields. All Visiting Scholar Lectures are free to the public. For more information call 412-624-4125 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021–22 Visiting Scholars
Jonathan De Souza research talk: "Intercorporeality in Musical Ensembles"
Friday, January 21, 4–5:30 p.m. (VIRTUAL ONLY – attendance available via ZOOM webinar with registration, or viewable via livestream on the Music at Pitt YouTube channel)
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.