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. 

Music 1270 Explores Pittsburgh's Sonic Culture

In the fall semester of 2014, the students in Music 1270: Music, Culture, and Technology studied sound recording from a cultural perspective. Led by Assistant Professor Rachel Mundy, they learned about phonographs as furniture, stethoscopes as headphones, and mix tapes as memories. At the end of the class, students ventured forth into Pittsburgh with handheld recorders in seven teams and created a podcast that they felt captured Pittsburgh's sonic culture. They designed, edited, and narrated what they found. For most of the class, this was the first time they had ever held a recorder.

In Memoriam

The Department of Music is a community that is often bursting with energy and life, and so it is difficult to face the reality of some of our treasured colleagues passing on from this life. It is with sadness and a deep sense of loss that we remember three colleagues who left us in the last year: Professor of Music, Emeritus Robert Sutherland Lord, saxophone instructor James “Buster” Alston, and receptionist Janet Vogt.

Music Library Association Awards Cassaro MLA Citation

At the recent Music Library Association’s annual conference in Atlanta the MLA Citation was awarded to James P. Cassaro, Head of the University of Pittsburgh’s Theodore M. Finney Music Library and Assistant Professor of Music. The MLA Citation is the Association’s tribute for lifetime achievement and is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to music librarianship over a career. Citation recipients become Honorary Members of the Music Library Association.