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.
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
Walter Morales, piano
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!
Violin students Amy Gehrlein and Helena Nichols with their teacher, Roger Zahab
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.
Chatham students Hannah Gregor and Amy Gehrlein with soloist Anna Singer, pianist Walter Morales, and Pauline Rovkah
Chatham students Amy Gehrlein, Hannah Gregor, pianist Walter Morales and soloists Anna Singer, Kelly Lynch, and Robert Frankenberry
Nobel Prize winner Thomas Sudhof briefly discusses the influence of music study on his work.
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:
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.