Bryan S. Wright Nominated for Grammy

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.

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.

Visiting Scholar Series

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

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)