Our guest artists series such as the Jazz Seminar and Concert, Music on the Edge, and Ensemble in Residence IonSound Project give students and the community the experience of seeing and hearing performers who are leaders in their respective genres. Visiting performers often share their ideas and motivations through workshops, lectures, and informal chats before or after concerts.
IonSound Project is the first professional musical ensemble with in-residency status at the University of Pittsburgh. The group gives concerts of new works at the Bellefield Hall Auditorium and at venues around the city.
Jazz Seminar and Concert
The Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert was the first academic jazz seminar in the country to feature international artists connecting with aspiring students in a lecture format, then performing together as an ensemble. This four-day event is a true celebration devoted to the teaching, performing, and documenting of one of America’s most original art forms — jazz.
Music on the Edge
Music on the Edge (MOTE) presents about six concerts each year featuring visiting artists as well as the Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roger Zahab. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by professional musicians.