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Composer Philip Thompson (PhD 2002) likes to describe The Final Battle for Love as, “one of the world’s finest baroque-metal professional wrestling operas,” and he got no argument from enthusiastic performers and audience members during the work’s Chicago premiere in January of 2017.

We are pleased to offer our congratulations and best wishes to the members of the Class of 2016. Graduates and their families gathered with faculty and staff at the Music Building on April 2016 for a celebratory luncheon. Graduates in attendance were introduced and faculty members who had worked closely with them spoke briefly about their accomplishments.

Congratulations to Shanna Lorenz (PhD, 2007), who was recently promoted to associate professor with tenure at Occidental College. Shanna earned her PhD in ethnomusicology (and also holds a PhD in performance studies from New York University, 2014).

Ivan Jimenez (PhD 2007) and Tuire Kuusi (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki) received a grant from the Kone Foundation (Finland) to study the way musicians and non-musicians mentally process and remember chord progressions.

On September 29, 2015, Indra Ridwan (PhD 2014) published an article about his dissertation research in Pikiran Rakyat (“Thoughts of the People”), the most widely circulated daily newspaper in West Java, Indonesia. In this article, Indra discussed Sundanese popular music of West Java (called pop Sunda), particularly the role of the arranger and arrangements.

Congratulations to James Ogburn (PhD 2009) for being named third place winner by The American Prize for his Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra.

Two Department of Music alumni received individual artist grants through the Investing in Professional Artists program (pdf), a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

On April 26, the Department of Music hosted a graduation brunch with senior undergraduates, MA and PhD graduates, and their families to celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2015.

The Pitt Men’s Glee Club celebrates its 125th Anniversary this week with a series of special events for alumni and current members culminating in a performance by the Glee Club at First Baptist Church.

During three days in January, the University Gamelan joined forces with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and other world music performers and groups to introduce fourth graders from all over Western Pennsylvania to the diversity of global musical cultures. The PSO’s “Schooltime” concerts took place at Heinz Hall under the leadership of conductor Fawzi Haimor.

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