Upcoming Events

Chatham University’s music program has several upcoming events:


October 21

Ukrainian composer Valentine Silvestrov: Piano Sonatas

James Iman, piano


November 18

Homage: Contemporary works by Jimmy López, Tania León, and Parisa Sabet, as well as Schumann’s timeless masterpiece, Kriesleriana Op. 16. 

Melody S. Quah, piano


More details will be posted closer to each event. We hope to see you there!

22. September 2022 by northern.wincek
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Friday Musicale

November 19 at 4pm Watch here!

Sonorous Spontaneity

A program featuring works by Chopin, Schubert, Scarlatti, and the Pittsburgh premiere of Stefania de Kenessey’s “Spontaneous D- Combustion”.

Nanette Solomon, piano

03. November 2021 by alyssa.starr
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Spring 2021 Student Recital

It’s that time of the year again for the music department: recital time. Our students have submitted recordings of their repertoire for our third-ever virtual student recital; for the third time, we are incredibly proud of their ability to connect with music in a global pandemic through virtual lessons!

Therefore, it is our pleasure to announce that the Spring 2021 virtual student recital is now available for viewing on the ChathamU Music YouTube channel. Click here to listen!

Three piano students have shared what it was like to take virtual music lessons this semester. Their statements are below:

To all of our students, faculty, and staff: we hope you enjoy the rest of the spring, all of the summer, and look forward to seeing you in the fall. Have a safe and relaxing break!

28. April 2021 by katherine.hetz
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Poets of the Piano: Contrasts

March 19 was the premiere of our last Friday Afternoon Musicale of the 2020-2021 school year. Nathan Carterette, deemed “exuberant yet sensitive” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, performed pairs of contrasting piano works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, and Medtner and Rachmaninoff.

We look forward to continuing this concert series in the 2021-2022 school year. Until then, enjoy Nathan Carterette’s performance and all our virtual concerts on the ChathamU Music YouTube channel!

28. April 2021 by katherine.hetz
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Songs That Inspire: A Vocal-Organ Duo Recital


Stacey Brett Davern, soprano and Chatham University Music Faculty, and Dr. Bradley Fitch, organist/pianist at Grove City College and Christ United Methodist Church, performed a vocal-organ duo recital for our February Friday Afternoon Musicale. Featuring favorites of song and the organ, their program was just what we needed for a late-winter uplifting. We promise it will inspire you!

Watch the performance here!

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Songs of Isolation and Hope

For our January Friday Afternoon Musicale, music faculty members Kelly Lynch, soprano, and Walter Morales, piano, performed a recital that reflected on themes of isolation, sadness, loss, and hope of reconciliation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new year. They performed works by Beethoven, Donaudy, Tosti, Rachmaninoff, and Weill.

Watch the recital here.

15. March 2021 by katherine.hetz
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Beethoven: Innovations and Variations

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, pianist, conductor, and vocal coach, Walter Morales, performed the 24 Variations on “Venni Amore,” WoO 65, Beethoven’s first major set of variations for solo piano. His program also included the Variations in C minor, WoO 80. Morales has written that the work “requires considerable virtuosity, with each variation presenting a different technical challenge so that it almost seems like a set of etudes. However, it is the sometimes violent emotional content that dominates.” Like much of Beethoven’s life, so have our lives been affected by many emotional experiences within the past year—the emotional ubiquity of the composer’s music is precisely the quality which makes it just as relevant as if it had been composed yesterday, despite it being 250 years since his birth!

Watch the December Friday Afternoon Musicale at the following link: Beethoven: Innovations and Variations.

12. March 2021 by katherine.hetz
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American Awakening

On Friday, November 20, the music program hosted its second virtual concert of the 2020-2021 school year. Zoe Sorrell, a member of our Chatham music faculty, has been deemed a “profoundly gifted and innovative flutist” by Pittsburgh in the Round. She is a flute soloist, educator, chamber collaborator, and entrepreneur. She performed solo flute works by the following American composers: Katherine Hoover, Leanna Keith, Margarita Zelenaia, Valeria Coleman, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Adolphus Hailstork. Her program explored themes of American identity and belonging in light of election day while celebrating the best of American flute music.

Watch Zoe’s performance by clicking on the following link: American Awakening.

To learn more about Zoe, visit zoesorrell.com.

12. March 2021 by katherine.hetz
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Tribute to Women Composers

Friday, October 16, 2020 marked this semester’s first Friday Afternoon Musicale and the Chatham University Music Program’s first virtual concert, as well as the first virtual concert on the ChathamU Music Program YouTube channel. This series of firsts was a success with pianist James Iman’s intense, contemplative program and enthusiastic online presence during the premiere.

The program featured piano works by female composers including Elisabeth Lutyens, Jeanne Strieder, Soe Tjen Marching, and Annea Lockwood. In fact, Jeanne Strieder was present during the premiere to answer questions as her piece was performed.

If you missed the premiere, you can still watch the full concert on our YouTube channel at this link: https://youtu.be/NtEin3qRNrc.

We’re so grateful we could continue our Friday Afternoon Musicale series this semester and hope you will join us for our next virtual event, American Awakening, with our flute instructor Zoe Sorrell.

27. October 2020 by katherine.hetz
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Music for Food: Happy Birthday Amadeus!

Happy birthday, Amadeus! Thank you to all who attended our Music for Food concert last night in honor of Mozart’s 264th birthday. We raised over $900 for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to help the hungry in the Pittsburgh area. Mozart certainly would have felt the same warmth we felt while listening to his music by knowing that it benefitted such a humanitarian cause as this–and indeed, it brought warmth to the cold January night. We especially thank our performers for their work, as this concert would have been impossible without them!

27. January 2020 by katherine.hetz
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