University of Pittsburgh Student Orchestra at Chatham

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23rd, 2015 by agehrlein – Comments Off

On March 29, 2015, Chatham will host the University of Pittsburgh’s student orchestra. This concert will feature Chatham Student Amy Gehrlein on violin playing Bach’s E Major violin concerto. The program also includes works by Chatham faculty member and violin/viola teacher Roger Zahab, who also works at Pitt and leads the orchestra.

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Posted in Uncategorized on March 8th, 2015 by agehrlein – Comments Off

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Walter Morales: Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Posted in Uncategorized on March 4th, 2015 by agehrlein – Comments Off

Beginning this academic year, 2014-2015, faculty member Walter Morales started a project to perform Beethoven’s piano sonatas as part of our Friday Afternoon Musicale series. Walter is part of the faculty here at Chatham and does a wonderful job teaching and assisting students with accompaniment (a later post will feature more about Walter).

The most recent Beethoven Piano Sonata performance included:

  • Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3 (1797-1798)
  • Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90 (1814)
  • Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight” (1801)

 

Walter will perform the third installment of his Beethoven piano sonatas project at Chatham on March 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the founders room of James Laughlin Music Hall

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Walter Morales, piano

 

Student Recital Fall 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on March 4th, 2015 by agehrlein – Comments Off

Once more, Chatham music students wowed the audience with their student recital on December 8, 2014. Months of preparation resulted in a successful and entertaining performance featuring pieces from Bach, Mozart, and Brahms, to the “Scooby Doo” theme song. Performances included a vast array of vocals, piano, violin, and even saxophone, a rarity at Chatham!

Brava, ladies, on yet another wonderful performance!

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Violin students Amy Gehrlein and Helena Nichols with their teacher, Roger Zahab

Fall 2014 Music Event: Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3rd, 2015 by agehrlein – Comments Off

In our Fall events schedule for 2014, the Chatham music department was happy to host soloists Anna Singer, Kelly Lynch, and Robert Frankenberry along with pianist Walter Morales in their performance of Wagner’s Duets and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde.

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Chatham students Hannah Gregor and Amy Gehrlein with soloist Anna Singer, pianist Walter Morales, and Pauline Rovkah

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Chatham students Amy Gehrlein, Hannah Gregor, pianist Walter Morales and soloists Anna Singer, Kelly Lynch, and Robert Frankenberry

 

Spring 2015 Recital Calendar

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21st, 2015 by Michael Boyd – Comments Off

SP15 Recitals

Regional Scholarship Opportunities

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4th, 2014 by Michael Boyd – Comments Off

Regional scholarships are available that Chatham music students should learn more:

Don Brockett Memorial Scholarship

Paul J. Baum Scholarship

Vladimir R. Bakaleinikoff Memorial Scholarship

Nobel Medicine Winner on Music Study

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9th, 2013 by Michael Boyd – Comments Off

Nobel Prize winner Thomas Sudhof briefly discusses the influence of music study on his work.

Regional Scholarship Opportunities

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23rd, 2013 by Michael Boyd – Comments Off

Regional scholarships are available that Chatham music students should check out:

Pittsburgh Jazz Society / Gendell Scholarship

Vladimir R. Bakaleinikoff Scholarship

Don Brockett Memorial Scholarship

Charlotte Gratz Kisseleff Fund

University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Auditions (Fall 2013)

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23rd, 2013 by Michael Boyd – Comments Off

Chatham University students are able to audition for the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and have enjoyed performing the ensemble in the past.  If you are interested in instrumental performance with a large ensemble, please consider auditioning.

 

Information on the University Symphony Orchestra and Auditions.

The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is composed mostly of non-music majors who have a strong devotion to music. Our level of performance improves substantially every year and all skilled musicians from throughout the University (students, faculty and staff) are welcome as well as people from the general community. The orchestra is offered as a 1 credit course called University Orchestra – Music 0620.  Rehearsals (and most concerts) are held in Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Wednesdays from 7:30 until around 9:50 pm. Additional rehearsals will be held on Monday nights as needed. In three or four concerts per semester we play a wide range of music from the Baroque period to the very latest music, and support the activities of other areas in the Pitt Music Department, especially new music composition/performance and (increasingly) interdisciplinary studies.

Auditions are regularly held the week before a semester begins and the first few days of the first week of classes in Room 216 on the Mezzanine Level of the Music Building in my office. Sign-up sheets for audition times will be posted the week before each semester begins.  Auditions at other times may also be arranged by appointment.

Email is best:

rzahab@pitt.edu

My office is Music Building Rm. 216 and my phone number is 624 4017.  Please prepare two examples of solo music for your instrument – they don’t have to be complete pieces but it is certainly OK if they are. They could also be from the same extended movement or larger work and should provide examples of both slow, lyrical and fast, articulate music. Additionally I would like to hear a few orchestral excerpts for your instrument selected from major works by Beethoven through Copland, Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. There may be some sight-reading and I may request a scale or two.

 

Roger Zahab