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

Majoring in the Humanities

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21st, 2013 by Michael Boyd – Comments Off

Here are a couple interesting articles that discuss the usefulness (career-wise) of humanities majors:

“English Majors’ Communication Skills In Demand”

“A Philosophy Degree Can Lead to a Great Career”

“Why You Should Not Go to Law School”

 

Pittsburgh Regional Scholarships for Music Students

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10th, 2012 by Michael Boyd – Comments Off

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

Charlotte Gratz Kisseleff Fund

Pittsburgh Jazz Society/Howard Gendell MD Scholarship

Don Brockett Memorial Scholarship

Vladimir R. Bakaleinikoff Memorial Fund Scholarship

 

Transferable skills

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29th, 2012 by Michael Boyd – Comments Off

Check out this interesting article that identifies some of the skills that studying music builds, which are infinitely useful in myriad other endeavors!

 

2012-13 Concert Calendar

Posted in Concert Calendars, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Uncategorized on September 18th, 2012 by Michael Boyd – Comments Off

In honor of Chatham Global Focus Year of Scandinavia, the Chatham Music Program presents Scandinavian Music Festival: The Nordic Sound.

Friday Afternoon Musicale

Musicales are held at 4:00 pm in James Laughlin Music Center.

September 21: Musical Horizon: Beethoven, Schumann and Gareth Farr; Henry Wong Doe, piano

October 19: Romantic Giants: Schubert and Schumann; Sha Wang, Piano

November 16: The Nordic Sound: Denmark, Music by Kuhlau, Gade, Nielsen, Langgaard; Walter Morales, piano

January 18: The Nordic Sound: Sweden, Music by Berwald, Sjögren, Stenhammar, Petersen-Berger; Walter Morales, piano

February 15: Music for Flute, The Nordic Sound: featuring music by Finish and Danish composers; Deidre Huckabay, flute, and the Pittsburgh Trillium Ensemble

March 22: The Nordic Sound: featuring music of Scandinavian composers, Students of the Music Program

April 19: The Nordic Sound: Norway, Music by Halvorsen, Grieg, Sinding, Tellefsen; Walter Morales, piano

 

Chamber Music series

Performances are held in the James Laughlin Music Center, unless stated otherwise.

Admission is $15. Free for Chatham students, faculty and staff.

September 30, 7:00 PM: Reminiscences: A retrospective from Caccini to Tchaikovsky plus “8 Reminiscences” by Robert Schultz (the Pittsburgh premiere); Tina Faigen, piano

January 6, 7:00 PM: New Music and Great Classics: works by Alia Musica composers plus Webern, Ligeti and Martinu; Arabesque Winds and Freya String Quartet

February 2, 7:00 PM: Duets: Music for Viola and Piano, Featuring Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 by Dmitri Shostakovich; Erina Goldwasser, viola, and Jerald Lee, piano

April 9, 7:00 PM: Duets: Music for Cello and Piano, Featuring Sonata Op. 19 for Cello and Piano by Sergei Rachmaninov; Michael Lipman, cello, and Yeeha Chiu, piano

 

Faculty/ Guest Artist Recital series

Performances are held in the James Laughlin Music Center, unless stated otherwise.

Sunday October 28, 3:00 PM: The Nordic Sound: Music by Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen and other Scandinavian composers; Roger Zahab, violin, and Walter Morales, piano

 November 18, 3:00 PM: Duets: Music for Two Pianos, Featuring 20th and 21st century works by Barber, Bowles, Debussy and James Romig (world premiere); Ashlee Mack and Katie Palumbo, piano

January 25, 7:00 PM, Campbell Memorial Chapel: The Nordic Sound: Vocal music by composers from Iceland, Finland, and Norway; Keith Reed, bass-baritone, and Walter Morales, piano

March 3, 7:00 PM: Multiple Perspectives: Music by Mozart (D minor Piano concerto, K 466), Benjamin Britten and John Cage; Pauline Rovkah, piano, and University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Roger Zahab, conductor

 

Sunday Vocal series

Performances are held at 3:00 p.m. Campbell Memorial Chapel

Sunday September 9: Handel Arias and Duets

 Sunday November 4:The Nordic Sound: A Hommage to Kirsten Flagstad, the Great Norwegian Soprano

 Sunday March 10:Celebrating Wagner’s Nordic Tales

 Sunday April 21: The Best of Verdi’s Otello

 

Chatham Choir

 Cabaret Benefit: October 20, 7:00 p.m., James Laughlin Music Center

Candlelight: December 7 at 8:00 p.m., Campbell Memorial Chapel

Chatham Choir in “Singing City”: April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh

 

Music Student Recitals

Performances are held at 7:00 p.m. in Campbell Memorial Chapel

December 10

April 22

Spring 2012 Choir Auditions

Posted in Spring 2012 on January 5th, 2012 by Michael Boyd – Be the first to comment
Chatham Choir Auditions
Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Women
Monday January 9th 4:00pm-6:00pm
You will be grouped into 30 min. timeslots
4:00-4:30
4:30-5:00
5:00-5:30
5:30-6:00
Please e-mail Ms. Conner at sconner@chatham.edu to reserve your audition time
Auditions will be held in the Choral Office-basement of James Laughlin Music
The Chatham Choir is an audition women’s ensemble.  Rehearsal’s are held M/W 4:30-6:00pm in the chapel.
Spring semester singing engagements include the Spring Concert, Choir Tour, and Closing Convocation.

Cedar Point Auditions

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2nd, 2011 by Michael Boyd – Be the first to comment

Cedar Point is having auditions for musicians and other positions at Point Park University, Saturday December 3, 10AM-2PM in Lawrence Hall Studio 204.  Check their website or call 419-627-2388 for more details!

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11336/1193944-325.stm

Scholarship Opportunity

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27th, 2011 by Michael Boyd – Be the first to comment

Current and prospective Chatham music students should read about this scholarship opportunity, which is available to help fund your fourth year of music study:

Vladimir R. Bakaleinikoff Memorial Fund

and also this opportunity which is only open to Chatham and Point Park performing arts students (including music!):

Don Brockett Memorial Scholarship Fund