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Thursday, August 4

Pre-College Final Concert: Concert Choir, Orchestra

Kresge Theatre

5 pm


Friday, August 5

Pre-College Final Concert: Student Honors Recita

Kresge Theatre

11 am


Full schedule for the 2011-2012 concert season to be released soon!




Erica Hudson (BFA'13) is currently participating in the Atlantic Music Festival and was also chosen to be in their fellowship program.


Eunice Keem (BFA'06) replaced concert master Dennis Kim during the opening concert of the Atlantic Music Festival.  She will also begin her appointment with the Dallas Symphony next month.  


Shauna Quill (BFA'97) was recently appointed Executive Director of the New York Youth Symphony, effective 9/15/11.  Shauna served as Executive Director of University of Chicago Presents since 2007. 


Emma Steele (BFA'12) was selected by President of the Wieniawski International Violin Competition Maxim Vengerov to be one of 52 internationally chosen violinists to participate in the competition in Poland this October.  


Tobias Volkmann (MM'11) recently guest conducted for two symphony orchestras in Brazil: Campinas and Porto Alegre.  In June, he also completed a conducting workshop under world-renowned conductor Jorma Panula and performed at the prestigious Casa da Musica in Portugal. 



Allegheny Brass Band

Wednesday, August 24

St. Mary's Ukranian Church (McKees Rocks)




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This Month in Music 

August 2011 

Preparatory School Students Receive Top Honors at 2011 World Piano Competition


Last month, Carnegie Mellon's Music Preparatory School sent its best students to the 55th World Piano Competition in Cincinnati - the defining showcase for the musical talent across the globe. Out of 163 contestants and 83 winners, our Preparatory School had 21 winners, 10 of whom started in the Prep School with the Beginning Piano class. The children are students of Hanna Li, Luz Manriquez, Mineko Avery, Sung-Im Kim, Rodrigo Ojeda and Tanya Gelman.


Eleven Finalists included (level): Niles Brandon (12S) - Bronze, Michelle Lee (11C) - Silver, Lily Zhang (11S) - Bronze, Katherine Zhou (10S) -  Bronze, Teja Badami (10C) - Bronze, Jenna Hebert (9S) - Bronze, Sebastian Ojeda (9C) - Silver, Catherine Zhang (8) - Bronze, Meghan Bannerjee (7) - Silver, William Lu (7) - Gold, and Futen Wang (3) - Bronze.


Ten Honorable Mentions included: Savannah Chae (7), Akiko Nace (7), Brian Oh (7), Masako Toyoda (7), Songela Chen (6), Jack Mo (6), Austin Li (5), Serena Luo (3), Soureesh Moturi (3), and Joshua Zhou (2).   

Send Us Your Memories, Make School of Music History

All former students, faculty, and staff are invited to send us stories that illuminate the history, character, struggles, and successes of the School of Music. Your stories may be included in a history of the School, now being written for a special publication to celebrate our centennial in 2012. Robert Fallon, Assistant Professor of Musicology and author of the history, will edit your submissions for possible inclusion in this centennial history.

Submit to Prof. Fallon at or at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Please include your name (then and now); year of graduation, title, or association with the School of Music; and your contact information for follow-up questions. Deadline: November 1, 2011.

Send as many memories, stories, reflections, and anecdotes as you wish. Photographs are welcome, as are general thoughts on the history of the School. Please understand that not all submissions can be included in the printed history. If a large number of stories are submitted, the School of Music may publish them on a publicly accessible website dedicated to memories of the first hundred years of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.   

More News of the School of Music's Faculty and Staff



Andrew Carlisle, Director of Piping was mentioned in a Chronicle of Higher Education article, What's Your Major? Probably Not One of These.  The article, which discussed unique majors across the country (including CMU's bagpiping program), also featured a brief interview by Andrew Bova (BFA'11).  Read the full article.


Robert Fallon, Assistant Professor of Musicology, was recently interviewed on the Allegheny Front, a NPR radio program broadcast from New York to South Carolina (90.5 FM Essential Public Radio in Pittsburgh).  Prof. Fallon discussed ways that composers have depicted the theme of summer in their work.  Listen to the interview.


Annabelle Joseph, Professor of Music and Director of the Marta Sanchez Training Center was featured in a Pittsburgh Tribune Review article, Eurhythmics Reinvigorates Senior Citizens' Innate Musicality, for her work with seniors in a summer Dalcroze workshop.  Read the full article.  


Richard Randall, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, was featured in a CMU Homepage Story, Music & the Mind, for his research on music and the brain.   Read the full article.


Ronald Zollman, Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies was featured in a Pittsburgh Tribune Review article, University Orchestras Seek the Right Notes, discussing his role at CMU and trends in university conducting.  Read the full article




This Saturday, August 6, Marilyn Taft Thomas, Professor of Music, will premiere her original composition, The Elements: Five Sound Poems for Violin and Ensemble at the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  

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