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Becoming a professional musician requires talent and commitment. But it also takes the right educational environment with one-on-one training with master teachers, strong ensemble and chamber music experiences, and diverse opportunities to develop performance skills in public. Not only will students experience a university setting where they can flourish academically as well as musically, but Pittsburgh is a city with a thriving cultural community offering another dimension to their growth.

Graduate students form a community of young professionals within the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. Most are already working as performers or composers outside the university. Many have responsibilities within the School, either assisting faculty in classroom situations or working as managers and assistants within the performing ensembles. Their presence raises the level of excellence throughout the School as they participate in large ensembles alongside the undergraduate students.

The studio is the heart of all of our graduate programs, with a strong emphasis placed on the highest caliber of ensemble and chamber music experience possible. The School of Music maintains a superb philharmonic orchestra, wind ensemble, concert choir and repertory chorus, contemporary ensemble, and jazz ensemble, as well as smaller performing groups in specific instrumental areas.

Carnegie Mellon’s music faculty know what it takes to succeed. All studio faculty are professional musicians, many holding principal chairs in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and are renowned performers and master teachers.

The School of Music offers the following Master of Music degrees. Click the link below for specific curriculum information.

 

 

Academic Overview:

Studio is the most important activity of the graduate degree programs at Carnegie Mellon. Master of Music candidates must perform a minimum of one full recital. The master’s degree program has a small, but vitally important academic component woven into its performance/composition/conducting focus.

One course each term is required in music analysis or music history. Incoming graduate students are first given competency tests in these areas to determine if remedial work is needed. All competency examinations must be completed before the end of the second semester.

A wide range of electives are available to meet the diverse career needs of the graduate student. Some students elect courses outside the school in such areas as business management or foreign languages. Others prefer to do the majority of their elective work in the School of Music and explore in greater depth such areas as music history, theory, pedagogy, chamber music, computer music, recording technology and accompanying.

General Requirements:

Students who are accepted to begin work in the master’s program are not automatically candidates for the degree. They must complete 36 units of graduate courses with an average of “B” or better before they can be considered as candidates for the degree.

Furthermore, the grade of at least a “B” must be earned each semester in the student’s major area. Graduate students may be dropped form the program if they fail to maintain the professional standards of the school or fail to make sufficient progress during any semester.

All candidates for the Master of Music degree must also pass a comprehensive review in their major area; successful completion of this review is a requirement for graduation. This review is tied to the student’s solo recital, and includes an analysis of at least one movement of a work from the recital and well-researched written program notes for their concert.

Effective in Fall 2012, all candidates for the master of music in the School of Music must complete the master of music program within a period of seven years from original matriculation as a master’s student. Once this time-to-degree limit has lapsed, the person may resume work towards a master’s degree only if newly admitted to a currently offered master’s degree program under criteria determined by that program. Under extenuating circumstances, students may appeal for extension of the time to degree limit.

Community Outreach:

All the skills needed to present classical and/or contemporary music to the public are absolutely essential for tomorrow’s musician. While the core of each student’s educational program is the private studio instruction in performance, composition, or conducting, every Carnegie Mellon student is expected to develop the communication skills necessary to engage tomorrow’s audiences in their artistic work.

Therefore, all master’s degree students are required to present at least one outreach activity during their two years of study in the graduate program. This activity can be any musical presentation with an emphasis on education. Each student makes all the arrangements necessary to present his/her program out in the community, emphasizing audience interaction, helping them to understand and appreciate the music being shared.

Carnegie Mellon courses are measured in units rather than credits or credit hours, with three units equaling a standard credit. More information here


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Douglas Ahlstedt

Professor of Voice, tenor

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Douglas Ahlstedt has sung professionally in the world's greatest opera houses and concert halls, from the renowned stages of Europe, South America, the Far East, and Africa, to the Metropolitan Opera, where he has sung 189 performances to date. He is the only American tenor featured in leading roles, including Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff and Pelleas in Dubussy's Pelleas et Melisande on the James Levine 25th Anniversary Collection of notable scenes from Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.

Leading roles of Ahlstedt's career have included Lindoro in Rossini's Lâ Italiana in Algeri, Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia, Narciso in Turco in Italia, Idreno in Semiramide, Pilade in Ermione and Ramiro in La Cenerentola; Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff; Pelleas in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande; Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Sifare in Mitridate, Belmonte in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Alessandro in Il Re Pastore; Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi; Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale; Lorenzo in Auber's Fra Diavolo; Junge Graf in Zimmermann's Die Soldaten; Flammand in Strauss's Capriccio; and Eisenstein in Strauss's Die Fledermaus.

Douglas Ahlstedt's singing career began with the American Boys' Choir, with whom he toured the United States and Canada. During that period, he sang the role of Miles in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw.

Ahlstedt earned a bachelor of science in music education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and completed his master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

In addition to his notoriety as a worldwide performer, Ahlstedt is known to be a formidable educator both in his studio and throughout the nation. Active in the promotion of arts, cultural, and education partnerships, Douglas Ahlstedt is well known as a national advocate for the advancement of the Arts in Education and as an authority on vocal health.

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Alberto Almarza

Associate Professor of Flute

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Described as a virtuoso flutist by the Boston Globe, Alberto Almarza brings a unique and passionate approach to music. His versatility and musicianship have led him to perform and record some of the most adventurous and challenging pieces from the music of today as well as works from the standard repertoire and Baroque literature on period instruments.

A native of Chile, Mr. Almarza previously held the position of Principal Flute of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago. He later came to the United States to study with Jeanne Baxtresser in New York and with Julius Baker at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he obtained his master's degree. He currently serves on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon as Associate Teaching Professor of Flute. 

His skills as a pedagogue, lecturer and recitalist have led to invitations from international festivals in the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Peru. He is a resident artist and member of the faculty at The Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Class and has been recently appointed to the National Flute Association Advisory Board for New Music.

Mr. Almarza has appeared as soloist with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Memphis Symphony, BachFest Chamber Orchestra, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Chile and has collaborated with such artists as Julius Baker, Andrés Cárdenes, Lionel Party and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, among others. As a leading proponent of new music for the flute, Mr. Almarza has been instrumental in expanding the repertoire with numerous commissions and premieres of works by composers from around the world. Pieces written for him include five flute concertos and dozens of solo and chamber works. 

He can be heard on radio broadcasts of International Music from Carnegie Mellon throughout North and South America, on compact discs from New Albion, Albany Records and Centaur Recordings as well as on a recently released Naxos Records compact disc of the Flute Concerto by Reza Vali with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

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Donna Amato

Artist Lecturer in Piano, Staff Pianist

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Donna Amato was born in Pittsburgh, where she also received her earliest musical training. She later studied with Ozan Marsh, Louis Kentner, Gaby Casadesus, Guido Agosti and Angelica Morales von Sauer. She has made concert appearances in Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Norway, Mexico, Canada, Russia and the United States, and radio broadcasts on the BBC as well as the inaugural live broadcast on Classic FM. Her concerto performances have included the Mozart Concerto, K.488, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Daniel Dorff's Piano Concerto, Nancy Galbraith's 2nd Piano Concerto and the 4th Piano Concerto ʻAurora Borealisʼ by Geirr Tveitt (which can be seen in its entirety on YouTube). She performed works of Giacinto Scelsi in Rome at the invitation of the Scelsi Foundation, and toured with Pittsburghʼs River City Brass Band in a series of performances of the Jazz Concerto in D by Dana Suesse. Other performances with orchestra have included the Skryabin Piano Concerto, the 2nd Piano Concerto of Edward MacDowell, the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 4, Leonardo Baladaʼs Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion, and the world première of Sorabjiʼs 5th Piano Concerto. In 2005 she performed Michael Daughertyʼs Le tombeau de Liberace in Arizona, and Messiaenʼs Couleurs de la cité célèste with the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble, conducted by George Vosburgh. A number of leading composers have written works especially for her, which she has performed, broadcast and recorded.


Her recordings include the two concertos of MacDowell with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on the Alto label, the sonatas of Dutilleux and Balakirev, a recital disc entitled ʻA Piano Portraitʼ, a Scriabin disc, two collections of works by Sorabji, a disc of music by Ethelbert and Arthur Nevin, MacDowellʼs complete piano sonatas, Nancy Galbraithʼs Piano Concerto No. 2, and a disc of the early piano works of Scelsi. Other releases include piano music of Carson Cooman (Naxos), Arnold Rosner (Albany), and Thomas L. Read (Zimbel), a second volume of Coomanʼs piano works (Altarus), and Sorabjiʼs ʻSymphonia brevisʼ (Piano Symphony No.5) (Altarus).

She has a long-standing association with Sorabjiʼs music. She produced performing editions of his Passeggiata Arlecchinesca and Toccatinetta sopra C.G.F., and corrected editions of Fantaisie espagnole and Valse-fantaisie, all of which she has also performed in concert. She has also acted as consulting editor on other works, and gave world premières of two of his compositions in an all-Sorabji concert in the Vienna Festival in 1993. In 1992 she presented a lecture-recital in Montréal, Canada, on Sorabji's life and music. In March, 2003, she gave the world première of Sorabjiʼs published piano concerto, now regarded as his 5th (it was published in the 1920s as Concerto II). The concert, which also featured works written around the same time by Busoni and Grainger, was given in Vredenburg Music Center, Utrecht as part of a series of events ʻAround Kaikhosru Sorabjiʼ organised by Netherlands Public Radio, which broadcast the performance (now available on YouTube). The orchestra was the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ed Spanjaard. In 2004 she gave the world première of Symphonia brevis (Piano Symphony No.5) at New Yorkʼs Merkin Hall.

Donna Amato currently teaches piano at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and works at Carnegie Mellon as an Assisting Artist, while maintaining a busy schedule of solo and chamber-music concert appearances.
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Jennifer Aylmer

Assistant Professor of Voice, soprano

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American soprano Jennifer Aylmer has developed a sterling reputation for her beautiful voice, compelling stage portrayals and impeccable musicianship. The New York Times has hailed her for her, “awesome accuracy,” while The Chicago Sun-Times has recommended that listeners, “bask in the aural delight of Aylmer’s dazzling shifts from regal command to cool insouciance and fatally attractive seduction”

This season, Ms. Aylmer performs with Lyric Fest! in their La Dolce Vita  program, in a duet recital at The Trust in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Timothy Long, and as soprano soloist with Brevard Symphony in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. She also appears in concert with the Utah Symphony in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, conducted by Thierry Fischer.  At Carnegie Mellon University, she will sing on a new chamber music series in Schubert’s Auf dem Strom  with French hornist William Cabellero and later this season, she joins baritone Daniel Teadt, singing Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles, both accompanied by pianist Mark Carver.

During the 2014-2015 season, Ms. Aylmer was guest soloist in Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the White Light Festival, appeared with the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival on a series of programs, sang as soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with Manhattan Concert Productions, and joined Lyric Fest! for concerts in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  She recently made her debut with Dallas Opera as Bertha in Il barbiere di Siviglia and returned to Opera Theater of St. Louis for her now acclaimed performance of Despina in Così fan tutte, and to Portland Opera singing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda.   Stony Brook University recently premiered her new English translation of Hansel and Gretel and also saw her directing Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at both Stony Brook University’s Staller Center and at the National Opera Center in New York City.  

Ms. Aylmer is particularly noted for her work in newly composed American music, including her 2005 Metropolitan Opera debut as Bella in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy.  Other premieres in the operatic arena include Martha in Kirke Meachem’s John Brown with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Rowena in Augusta Read Thomas’ Ligeia  and as Cynthia Reid in Bernard Rands’ Belladonna both with the Aspen Music Festival, and at Houston Grand Opera, and she created the role of Amy in Mark Adamo’s  Little Women.  She may also be heard on the 2012 release “The Opera America Songbook” on Kevin Puts’ new composition: You need song. Other roles at the Metropolitan Opera include Papagena in the first world-wide HD broadcast of The Magic Flute, Bertha in Il barbiere di Siviglia and she has also covered roles in Hansel and Gretel, Cenerentola, and in Shostakovich’s The Nose.  Other highlights in the operatic arena include leading roles In Handel’s Orlando, Flavio, Semele, and Acis and Galathea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Pasquale, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, The Grapes of Wrath, Der Rosenkavalier, The Medium, The Merry Widow, Filthy Habit, The Bartered Bride, Street Scene, Falstaff, The Turn of the Screw, Il Matriomonio Segreto, L’occasione fa il ladro, Rigoletto and A Streetcar Named Desire with such companies as New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florentine Opera, Opera Boston, Atlanta Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Orlando Opera, Utah Opera, the Aspen Festival, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Kentucky Opera, Berkshire Opera. Austin Lyric Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera.

Equally accomplished in oratorio, concert, and an especially sought-after recitalist, Ms. Aylmer has been a featured soloist with many distinguished orchestras including the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, Italy, Cincinnati Symphony, Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and at the Beijing Music Festival.  She sang Eurydice in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall opposite Ewa Podles, and made her San Francisco debut singing Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with Michael Tilson Thomas.  Ms. Aylmer is a recipient of the Alice Tully Hall Vocal Arts Debut Recital from the Juilliard School, has appeared regularly with the New York Festival of Song, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Laura Ward in their “The Music of Tin Pan Alley” programs, and has been presented across the country as a solo recitalist by the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

A native of Long Island, Ms. Aylmer holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College, and was a member of both the Juilliard Opera Center and the Houston Grand Opera Studio Programs.  Her many honors and awards include a Career Grant from the Sullivan Foundation, the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Catherina Filene Shouse Career Grant from the Wolf Trap Opera Company.  She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

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Leonardo Balada

University Professor of Composition

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A native of Spain, Leonardo Balada graduated from Barcelona's Conservatorio del Liceu and the Juilliard School. Balada's works have been performed by the world's leading orchestras, including the philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, Israel, Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Detroit, Washington DC, Prague, Dusseldorf, Barcelona, Jerusalem, the national orchestras of Ireland, Peru, Colombia, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the radio orchestras of Berne, Leipzig, Moscow, BBC, Luxembourg etc. conducted and performed by artists like Rostropovitch, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Nevill Marriner, Lopez-Cobos, Lukas Foss, Alicia de Larrocha, Yepes, Segovia, American Brass Quintet etc. Balada has been a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon School of Music since 1970 where he is University Professor of Composition. 

He has been commissioned by the Aspen Festival, San Diego Opera, the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Lausanne, National of Spain, Radio Berlin, and others, and has received several NEA awards. He has collaborated with Salvador Dali and Nobel Prize Laureate C.J. Cela. A large number of his compositions are recorded including Steel Symphony and Music for Oboe and Orchestra with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel. Naxos Records has released 16 CDs of his music including the operas “Christopher Columbus” and “The Death of Columbus”. “Christopher Columbus” was commissioned by the Spanish government for the 5th centennial of the Americas. It was premiered with Jose Carreras and Montserrat Caballe and received international acclaim. The Washington Times described the opera as “a masterpiece…a landmark score in the lyric theater of our time”. Balada has received several international awards, such as the B. Martinu, City of Zaragoza, and City of Barcelona. 

Recent world premieres of Balada's works includes: “A Little Night Music in Harlem” by the Hungarian Chamber Symphony Orchestra; “Concerto for Three Cellos and Orchestra” by the Berlin Radio Sym. Orch.; “Caprichos No.4-Quasi Jazz” by the Pittsburgh Symphony Cham. Orch.; the chamber operas “Hangman, Hangman!’ & “The Town of Greed” at Teatro de la Zarzuela-Madrid- and Teatre del Liceu-Barcelona; the grand opera “Faust-bal” at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

His principal publisher is G. Schirmer.
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Bronwyn Banerdt

Artist Lecturer in Chamber Music

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Bronwyn Banerdt joined the cello section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2014.  She made her solo debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2002 and has since appeared in concert throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, and southern Africa.  Notable solo appearances include performances with the Houston Symphony, Albany Symphony, and the world premiere of Poem for Cello & Orchestra by Michael Kamen.  At age 15 Ms. Banerdt was personally invited by the world-renowned composer John Rutter to perform the solo from his Requiem in Carnegie Hall.  Ms. Banerdt was awarded Grand Prize at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Bronislaw Kaper Awards, and she has also captured top prizes at the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition and Kingsville Music Competition.  

Equally passionate about chamber music and orchestral performance, Ms. Banerdt has co-founded two uniquely focused chamber music ensembles with other members of the Pittsburgh Symphony.  The Clarion Quartet specializes in Entartete Musik — music written by oppressed composers — and seeks to bring light to artists whose legacies would be silenced.  The Pittsburgh Cello Quartet offers an eclectic mix from classical to pop and rock in unique arrangements for four cellos.  Ms. Banerdt has collaborated with renowned artists such as Kim Kashkashian and Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, Borodin, and Orion string quartets.  She has performed at numerous chamber music festivals including Marlboro Music and Music from Angel Fire.  Before joining the PSO, Ms. Banerdt was a member of the prize-winning Trio Terzetto and performed as a substitute with many of the great orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Banerdt serves as Artist Lecturer in Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University.

A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Banerdt earned her Bachelor's Degree at age 19 from the USC Thornton School of Music, where she studied with Ronald Leonard. She subsequently studied at The Curtis Institute of Music with David Soyer and received her Master's Degree from The Juilliard School with Richard Aaron.

Ms. Banerdt plays a Montagnana model cello made by Mario Miralles in 1998.

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Neal Berntsen

Artist Lecturer in Trumpet

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Neal Berntsen joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in March 1997, having been appointed at the invitation of Music Director Lorin Maazel in 1996. He is a native of Tacoma, Washington. He began his musical studies at age five playing the violin under the tutelage of his mother. By age eight he advanced to the trumpet and ultimately received a B.M. from the University of Puget Sound and a M.M. from Northwestern University. A former member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Neal has also performed as principal trumpet for the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Bamberg Sinfoniker in Germany. Other orchestral performances have included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Active as a chamber musician, Neal is a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass whose recordings, “BACH: THE ART OF FUGUE” (1998), “A CHRISTMAS CONCERT” (2000), “THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS” (2003) and “A SONG OF CHRISTMAS” (2008) were described as “...Awhirl with color and rhythmic vitality – quite irresistible on every count.” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The recordings contain numerous arrangements by Neal Berntsen. Mr. Berntsen is also a founding member of the award-winning Asbury Brass Quintet, about which Fanfare magazine stated, “Not only expert but musical...undeniable virtuosity.” In June 2005 Mr. Berntsen toured Japan with members of the Chicago Symphony brass section with the Chicago Brass Soloists.

As a soloist, Mr. Berntsen has performed the Concerto in E-flat by Haydn, Arutunian Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Carmen Fantasy by Proto and Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for two trumpets in C Major with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Other solo engagements have included the Brevard Music Center, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at the Sedona Chamber Music Festival in Sedona, Arizona. Mr. Berntsen’s performance of Copeland’s “Quiet City” was called a highlight of the 2005 season by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Mr. Berntsen’s solo recording TRUMPET VOICES was released in Nov. 2005. Andrew Druckenbrod, music critic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette called the recording, “Electric”. While Mark Kanny of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review stated, “Trumpet Voices is an indispensable recording for anyone who appreciates great trumpet playing.”
Neal Berntsen was a finalist in both the Maurice André International Trumpet Competition in Paris, France and the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition. His wide ranging discography includes The Orchestras of Pittsburgh, Boston and Chicago, Manheim Steamroller, The American Girl Doll Christmas album and Michael Jackson.

As an educator, Mr. Berntsen is Chair of the Brass Division in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University. He previously served on the faculties of Duquesne University and Valparaiso University in Indiana. He has been published in The Instrumentalist magazine, and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Neal Berntsen was involved in the editing of Luis E Loubriel’s book, “Back to Basics, The Teaching of Vincent Cichowicz” (Scholar Publications 2009) Mr. Berntsen was recently involved in the publication of Vincent Cichowicz Flow Studies Volume 1 (Studio 259 Productions 2013) and Volume 2 (Studio 259 Productions 2014) Additionally, Mr. Berntsen’s performance of the flow studies are contained in the CD’s released with the books.Mr. Berntsen has presented master classes and recitals around the world.

In summer 2009, Neal Berntsen began an association with the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. Mr. Berntsen serves as Principal Trumpet for the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, performs chamber music, teaches trumpet and coaches chamber music at the festival. In the summer of 2015 Mr. Berntsen will premier and record THE ANCIENT CALL for trumpet and orchestra written by Iranian- American composer Reza Vali at The Brevard Festival. The world premier will be conducted by Kieth Lockhart, Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center. The piece incorporates the Persian Scale using quarter-tones. Mr. Berntsen will perform the piece on a specially modified vintage Mt. Vernon Bach C Trumpet, which will enable him to execute the Persian scale.

Mr. Berntsen is an active studio musician and was featured on an award winning national series of commercials during the broadcast of the Olympic games in Atlanta. His performance on “America” sung by Diana Ross opened the women’s final tennis match of the US OPEN in Flushing Meadows New York. Neal Berntsen has studied with Adolph Herseth, Vincent Cichowicz and Manuel Laureano. 

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Raymond Blackwell

Vocal Coach, Staff Pianist, & Opera Workshop Coordinator

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Raymond Blackwell, baritone, coach, accompanist, and voice teacher is originally from Wilmington, Delaware. He has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware and a Master of Music in Opera from Binghamton University. As a resident artist with Tri Cities Opera Mr. Blackwell sang many roles ranging from Marcello and Schaunard in La Boheme to John Proctor in Robert Ward's The Crucible. He has also sung with Opera Delaware, Ithaca Opera, Opera at Florham, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Opera. He came to Pittsburgh in 1996 and served six seasons as coach and accompanist for the Pittsburgh Opera. He is now on the voice faculty at Carnegie Mellon University as an artist lecturer, accompanist and voice coach. Other appointments include the voice faculty at Binghamton University and Mercyhurst College. 

Blackwell also works as a rehearsal accompanist for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Johnstown Symphony where he has had the opportunity to play for such great singers as Jessye Norman, Kallen Esperian, Thomas Quasthoff, Sherrill Milnes, and Suzanne Menzer, to name a few. In the summer of 2006, he played and sang a concert at the Singer Laren Museum in Holland in the presence of Queen Beatrix and made his Pittsburgh conducting debut with Undercroft Opera's production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

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Jeremy Branson

Artist Lecturer in Percussion

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Jeremy Branson is the Associate Principal Percussionist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mr. Branson was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. During that time he also played regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mr. Branson has performed under the batons of such conductors as James Conlon, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Andres Nelsons, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwartz, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman. He has performed with notable artists including Emanuel Ax, Sarah Chang, Renee Fleming, Hilary Hahn, Thomas Hampson, Lynn Harrell, Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Andre Watts. Mr. Branson has premiered works by composers such as John Adams, Richard Danielpour, Michael Gandolfi, Philip Glass, Jennifer Higdon, Gyorgi Ligeti, Steven Mackey, and Christopher Theofanidis.

Mr. Branson earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University. He then earned his Masters of Music degree from Temple University in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Alan Abel. During his education, Mr. Branson attended the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Roundtop Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival. 

Mr. Branson is the Chair of the Percussion Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He endorses Zildjian Cymbals, ProMark Sticks and Mallets, Remo drumheads, and Pearl/Adams Percussion.

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William Caballero

Associate Teaching Professor of Horn

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William Caballero joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in May 1989, coming from the Principal Horn post with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Previously he had been a member of l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the Hartford Symphony. 

Caballero also has played and been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Houston Grand Opera, l'Opera de Montreal, the Opera Company of Boston, and the New England Ragtime Ensemble. Summer Festivals include The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Bellingham Music Festival of Bellingham, Washington.

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Andrés Cárdenes

Dorothy Richard Starling & Alexander Speyer Jr. University Professor
 of Violin, Music Director of Orchestral Studies

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Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and recording artist.

Since capturing Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sinfonica Nacional de Caracas, Sinfonica de Barcelona, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has collaborated with many of today’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.

This year and next Mr. Cárdenes continues his project to record many standard and contemporary concerti. Released in 2009 are recordings of concerti by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Barber and David Stock on the Artek and Albany labels. Plans to record Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto and the new version of the Viola Concerto are slated for 2012, along with other sonata recordings with pianist Ian Hobson. A recording of the complete works for violin by Leonardo Balada was released on Naxos in January 2011, with the complete Sonatas by Hindemith and the Beethoven Violin Concerto on Artek, to be released in the fall of 2011. Cárdenes’s discography includes over two dozen recordings of concerti, sonatas, short works, orchestral and chamber music on the Ocean, Naxos, Sony, Arabesque, RCA, ProArte, Telarc, Artek, Melodya and Enharmonic labels.

As an ambassador for music of our time, Mr. Cárdenes has commissioned and premiered over 65 works by American and Latin American composers such as David Stock, Leonardo Balada, Ricardo Lorenz, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Roberto Sierra, and Marilyn Taft Thomas. His concerto repertoire includes over 100 works, ranging from the Baroque era to the present.

Mr. Cárdenes has twice served as President of the Jury of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and in 2011 will join the jury of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A Cultural Ambassador for UNICEF from 1980-1991 and an indefatigable spokesperson for the arts, Mr. Cárdenes has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings and humanitarian efforts, most notably from the cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai and the Mexican Red Cross. He was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s 1997 Classical Artist of the Year and received the 2001 “Shalom” Award from Kollell’s International Jewish Center for promoting world harmony and peace through music.

Mr. Cárdenes was appointed Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Lorin Maazel in 1989 and departed after the 2010 season to concentrate on his conducting, solo and chamber music careers.

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Andrew Carlisle

Artist Lecturer, Director of Piping

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Andrew Carlisle, an internationally known, award-winning bagpiper from Northern Ireland, was named Carnegie Mellon director of piping in 2010. Carlisle will lead the university's pipe band, orchestrate its participation in competitions, university events and ceremonies, and promote the School of Music's bagpipe major. He succeeds James McIntosh, who has served as interim director since Alasdair Gillies left the university last fall.

Carlisle comes from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, where he has taught in the undergraduate music program and has directed the university's Traditional Irish Ensemble.

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Mark Carver

Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano

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American pianist Mark Carver was born in Mobile, Alabama and received his earliest musical training in Pittsburgh, PA from Jerry Veeck and Lorraine Gaal Landefeld. Other teachers include Natalie Phillips and Ralph Zitterbart. International artists with whom he has studied are Earl Wild, Jorge Bolet, Jeanne-Marie Darré, Ozan Marsh, John Ogdon, Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, and Pierre Sancan. He has studied at the Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, Académie Internationale d'Été, Nice, France, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Carver holds the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Music.

He made his début with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and has been a guest artist with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Plum Creek Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra. He has appeared in recital at Steinway Hall, NY, and his début at age 17 at Carnegie Hall, NY, was with the Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble in the première of Introduction and Allegro by Philip Catelinet.



"Total command" and "delightful" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) are words used to describe Carver's performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the River City Brass Band. Called "a stalwart presence in the local music scene" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), his accompanying for the Pittsburgh Camerata has been regarded as "refined and tasteful" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).  His work has also been acclaimed by The American Record Guide, Chamber Music America magazine, and Epoch Times.

His discography includes “Jessica Rivera Sings Romantic Music for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano,”Spanish-American Songs” by Urtext Digital Classics label (www.urtextonline.com), and “Sacred Songs and Interludes: Music of Nancy Galbraith” with the Pittsburgh Camerata (www.pittsburghcamerata.org). 



Carver has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Carnegie Award, the National Federation of Music Clubs Scholarship, the Pittsburgh Concert Society Youth and Major auditions, the Carnegie Mellon University Chamber Music Prize, and the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Award. He was the Grand Prize winner at the Cincinnati World Competition in 1975, which included a grant for summer study in France. He has been Artist-in-Residence for the Irma Gonzales Curso Magistral de Verano at the Conservatorio Nacional in Mexico City, and the James Madison University German Liederkurs in Freiberg, Germany. He currently serves as Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of Music Ministries at the church of St. Margaret of Scotland in Green Tree, Pa.

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Rebecca Cherian

Artist Lecturer in Trombone

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Rebecca Cherian is Co-Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is a founding board member of the International Women's Brass Conference (IWBC) and was the editor of the IWBC newsletter for four years. Ms. Cherian began her professional career at the age of 16 as trombonist with the San Jose Symphony. At the age of 17, she appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, after winning first prize in the San Francisco Symphony's Young Musicians' Awards. Ms. Cherian also received the Atwater Kent Brass Award and the Outstanding Chamber Music Player Award at the Yale School of Music. Ms. Cherian earned her B.M. degree from the California Institute of the Arts and her M.M. degree from the Yale School of Music. Before becoming a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1989, she held the position of Principal Trombone with the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She was also faculty trombone instructor at the Hartt School of Music, University of Connecticut in Storrs, and Wesleyan University.

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Alec Chien

Artist Lecturer in Piano Literature & Repertoire

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Pianist Alec Chien received his bachelor's, master's and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, studying under Adele Marcus. Grand Prize Winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and prize winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition, and the Affiliate Artists Xerox Piano Program, he has performed in solo and chamber recitals and as soloist with orchestras in countries on four continents, including Australia, Austria, People’s Republic of China, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Taiwan.

Among the major symphony orchestras which he has been featured as soloist are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, American Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He was one of the 25 Steinway artists performing at the Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City to celebrate the piano company's 135th anniversary as well as its 500,000th piano. That commemorative piano has been brought to Allegheny twice for his solo recitals. Chien is also actively performing in chamber music, having appeared with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the Alexander String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet and an upcoming performance with the Ariel Woodwinds Quintet.

Chien is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Music chairing the Music Department at the Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where he was declared “adopted native son” by the mayor of Meadville. Having concluded a seven-concert series performing all 32 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonatas, he endeavors to present an eight-concert series devoting to the major works of Franz Schubert and Frederic Chopin. A firm believer in bringing music to Meadville and its surrounding communities, where he was honored as the city’s “adopted native son,” Chien has brought his music to the Crawford County school districts, performing and speaking to students in both the high school and elementary school levels. His recitals have also been part of the Bicentennial Celebrations of the cities of Meadville and Erie as well as currently, Allegheny College in 2015. Active in his community, Chien is involved in local efforts such as Partner-in-Education, the Neighborhood Family Centre and Grief-Relief and Other Workshops (GROW). He and his wife, Brenda, have three daughters - Brianna, Mikayla Trousdale with her husband Joel and Bethany. In the Fall of 2013, he joined the piano faculty of Carnegie Mellon University School of Music teaching Piano Literature & Repertoire for graduate piano majors. While he will continue at Carnegie Mellon, Professor Chien is retiring from his post at Allegheny College with 2014-2015 being his last teaching year there.

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Michele de la Reza

Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance

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Michele de la Reza is co-founder and artistic director of Attack Theatre, whose work has been presented throughout the US and in Switzerland, Japan, Monaco, Germany, France, Indonesia and Turkey. With co-artistic director Peter Kope, they made their Broadway debut in 2000 as choreographers for Squonk. They have choreographed and performed in ten productions with Pittsburgh Opera ranging from Carmen and Rigoletto to Dead Man Walking and Samson & Dalila. With the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, they choreographed and performed in Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat featuring Pinchas Zuckerman and annually in the Holiday Pops series. They have collaborated with theater companies (Quantum Theatre), museums (Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, Frick Art Museum, Mattress Factory), and international dance companies (Japan’s Nibroll Collective and Belgium’s Compagnie Matteo Moles). Michele was a leading dancer with Dance Alloy and NYC-based Perks DanceMusicTheatre and is the recipient of three PA Council on the Arts fellowships and Hardie Educator of the Year. 

Attack Theatre is dance company in residence for the School of Music, where Michele is a teaching professor of dance. She received her BFA from the Juilliard School and a Master’s from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Paul Evans

Artist Lecturer in Percussion

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Paul Evans graduated from Duquesne University in 1988, with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance. While at Duquesne, he studied privately with Lenny Rogers and Don Liuzzi. Evans went on to earn a M.M. at Temple University, studying with Alan Able of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is currently section percussionist with the River City Brass Band. A former extra percussionist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Evans maintains an active freelance schedule in the Pittsburgh area.

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James Ferla

Artist Lecturer in Guitar, Director of Guitar Ensemble

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James Ferla's teaching reflects an integrated philosophy of musicianship skills and methodology by providing musical training that connects the broad spectrum of historical and current practices. The emphases throughout the guitar curriculum are connections, immersion in a wide range of musical repertoire, independent skills, sequential development of skills, and seeing the guitar as part of a great historical tradition. At Carnegie Mellon, Ferla also directs the Carnegie Mellon Guitar Ensemble. 

As a performer, James Ferla has given numerous solo and ensemble concerts throughout the United States including programs at the Smithsonian Institution, Arizona State University, Wolf Trap, the Chautauqua Institution, Florida State University, Oberlin College and Notre Dame. He has been heard on NPR, PBS, CBS, Voice of America, USIA, Chukyo TV-Nagayo in Japan, and, in Pittsburgh on WQED-FM. Mr. Ferla has published several articles on guitar repertoire in SoundBoard, the journal of the Guitar Foundation of America, and is heard on seven CDs. He performs most frequently in a guitar duo with colleague John Marcinizyn with a repertoire ranging from Renaissance to Jazz. In addition to concerts with the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo, he has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, singer/actress Kate Young, the Renaissance City Winds, the Dear Friends Ensemble, oboist Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, tenor Doug Ahlstedt and mezzo-soprano Daphne Alderson. Ferla is on the advisory board of the Guitar Society of Fine Art.

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Cyrus Forough

Professor of Violin

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Noted for the “fiery intensity” and “poetic vision” of his playing, Cyrus Forough's reviews comprise a lexicon of superlatives in more than a dozen languages. Of his July 2015 performance of Debussy’s Violin Sonata, Jim Lowe wrote, “With a warm sound and deft technique, Forough was an expert musician, utilizing skilled articulations and a broad palette of tonal colors, in delivering Debussy’s unique mix of Romanticism and Impressionism.” Critic Donald Isler lauded Mr. Forough’s performance of Beethoven Sonata No. 7 in August 2016 as “a very fine performance of a great work,” saying he “played with great flair and stylistic understanding.”

    A laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition, Mr. Forough also won first prize in the Milwaukee Symphony Violin Competition and was a finalist in the Munich International Violin Competition. He and his wife Steinway Artist Carolyn McCracken, as the Forough/McCracken Duo, won the United States Artistic Ambassador Program's National Violin/Piano Duo Competition. He also holds the World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media Award in recognition of his contributions to classical music and education.

    Mr. Forough's unique succession of studies, in three major international cultural centers with three of the twentieth century’s legendary violin masters—Arthur Grumiaux, David Oistrakh and Josef Gingold—has made him a prominent representative of the Franco-Belgian school of violin playing.

    When he was five years old, he began his violin studies with his mother, who herself was a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium. First in Liège she had studied under the tutelage of Ernest Chaumont and Leopold Charlier, both distinguished professors of the Franco-Belgian violin school, and subsequently with André Gertler at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where she graduated with a First Prize in violin and history of music.

    Within the first few years Mr. Forough performed publicly in concerts and on Iranian television. At the age of seven he performed a recital at the Ministry of Arts and Culture recital hall in Tehran, where he played three concertos with piano, namely Vivaldi A minor, Viotti Concerto No. 23 in G major, and Rode Concerto No. 8. At age eight his parents took him to Europe in order for him to further his violin studies with well-known European pedagogues of the time. In Vienna he auditioned for distinguished violinist and pedagogue Ricardo Odnoposoff; in Paris for internationally recognized professor Gabriel Bouillon at the Paris Conservatory and Michelle Auclair; in Salzburg, Austria for André Gertler; and in Brussels for the internationally renowned violinist and professor Arthur Grumiaux, all of whom agreed to take him as their student.

    As a result, Cyrus Forough became the youngest student ever to attend the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, admitted at the exceptional age of nine to study with the legendary Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux for the first year of his studies. He graduated at age sixteen with a First Prize and High Distinction Medal in violin and at age seventeen with a First Prize with Distinction in chamber music. He then at the age of eighteen became one of only thirteen students chosen by national competition to attend Europe's most renowned school for promising young performers, the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, for the 1968–71 session. During this time he also obtained his Superior Prize with High Distinction in violin from the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music.

    Subsequently, after hearing Mr. Forough perform, the legendary violinist David Oistrakh invited him to pursue post-graduate studies with him at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, which he attended from January 1973 to January 1976. Upon Mr. Oistrakh's untimely death in October 1974, he completed his studies with David Oistrakh’s assistant Mr. Oleh Krysa, who today is a Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Forough then attended Indiana University School of Music for two and a half years, where he studied with and was the personal assistant to Professor Josef Gingold, himself a student of the great Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe.

    Cyrus Forough has performed in recital, with orchestras, and in chamber music ensembles throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, including live broadcasts on radio and television. He has performed and taught at festivals in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. His solo concerts for international dignitaries have included command performances for Queen Fabiola and then-Princess Paola of Belgium, the Shah and Queen Farah Pahlavi of Iran, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, President Hassanali of Trinidad and Tobago, and President Kreiske of Austria. He also gave a special performance in Bangkok for the birthday celebration of Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

    Mr. Forough has worked with conductors such as Rudolf Barshai, Sidney Harth, Alan Heatherington, Daniel Hege, Zdenek Kosler, Farhad Mechkat, Paul Polivnick, Alexander Rahbari, Vladimir Sirenko, Adrian Sunshine, Loris Tjeknavorian, André Vandernoot, and Ronald Zollman, amongst others.

    He has performed at numerous summer festivals such as the Weimar Festival in Germany, the Plovdiv Music Festival in Bulgaria, the International Schubert Festival at Indiana University, and the American Sacred Music Festival in Milwaukee, invited there by composer and conductor Lukas Foss.

    Mr. Forough has championed contemporary music throughout his career. He gave the Tehran Symphony Orchestra’s premiere of the Shostakovich First Violin Concerto in 1975 with conductor Adrian Sunshine. In 1985, he gave the Milwaukee Symphony’s premiere of that same concerto under the baton of Paul Polivnick. Among other performances of contemporary works, in 2010 he performed Witold Lutosławski's Chain 2, Dialogue for Violin & Orchestra with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic under Ronald Zollman. Mr. Forough has also performed the works of composers including Erberk Eryılmaz, Alan Fletcher, Lukas Foss, Ramin Heydarbeygi, Otto Luening, Alireza Mashayekhi, Behzad Ranjbaran, Amir Mahyar Tafreshitour, and Reza Vali, including Vali's Khojasteh “Majestic”, a duo for violin and cello. This work was dedicated to Cyrus Forough, who gave the premier at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. in January 2013. He is also the dedicatee of Alan Fletcher's Woman Holding a Balance, which he premiered in 2011 at the National Gallery.

    In September 2016, Mr. Forough recorded Alireza Mashayekhi’s fourth violin concerto with the Ukraine National Symphony, Vladimir Sirenko conducting. Mashayekhi's fourth and fifth violin concertos and his fourth Violin and Piano Sonata are dedicated to Cyrus Forough. He will give the world premiere of the sonata along with other Mashayekhi compositions dedicated to him, including the transcriptions for violin of Sonata Electronica and Tonalian, in a November 2017 recital at the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn, NY.

    The Forough/McCracken Duo performed William Kraft's Double Play with orchestra, and premiered the Violin and Piano Sonata of Shostakovich and Central Park Reel by Lukas Foss in numerous cities in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America.

    Called “musical treasures of absolute mastery,” the Forough/McCracken Duo has charmed and captivated audiences with the artistry of their unique duo partnership. They have performed in many concert venues, including the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and others.

    As Artistic Ambassadors of the United States, they concertized in many countries, performing in recitals and with orchestras, giving master classes and interviews, participating in symposiums and discussions at universities and conservatories, and giving benefit recitals for anti-drug education/rehab and Down syndrome research foundations, all for the purpose of fostering goodwill and cultural understanding between people and nations.

    Mr. Forough's dedication to teaching and his skill at communicating his art have earned him a reputation as a sought-after and highly effective violin pedagogue. Having studied on three continents with some of the greatest violin virtuosos of the twentieth century, he is one of the living links to the great Franco-Belgian school of violin playing and pedagogy.

    At present he is a full-time tenured Professor of Violin at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music in Pittsburgh. Mr. Forough has previously taught at several other universities and was an Artist Faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy for the Gifted. He was also a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music in 2009, 2010, and 2015.

    Mr. Forough’s former students are members of professional orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra (concertmaster) in Copenhagen, Denmark; National Symphony of Argentina in Buenos Aires (concertmaster); Dallas Symphony Orchestra (associate concertmaster); Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Cleveland Orchestra; Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic; Naples Philharmonic (Florida); Calgary Symphony Orchestra; Hong Kong Sinfonietta; and many others. Former students are members of chamber ensembles such as the JACK Quartet and the Palladian Ensemble, amongst others.

    Mr. Forough’s college and pre-college students have also received first prizes, awards, and other prizes in many international and national competitions. Among these are Finalist and "Public Prize" at the Sibelius International Violin Competition, the Paganini Award at the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Prizewinner at the Menuhin International Violin Competition, "Best Talent" at the Sarasate International Violin Competition, Wieniawski International Violin Competition (3rd round), and prizewinner at the Henryk Szeryng International Competition in Mexico. His students have won numerous first and other prizes at competitions in the United States such as the Washington International Competition for Strings, the Johansen International, the Klein International String Competition, the Stulberg International String Competition, the Cooper International Violin Competition, the Lynn National Competition, and the Illinois Bell Young People's Concerto Competition, performing live on television with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Forough’s students have also taken first prizes at the Fischoff, Rembrandt, and countless other violin and chamber music competitions.

    Numerous pre-college students have been chosen to perform on "From the Top" including at Carnegie Hall, New York, and throughout the nation broadcast on radio and television. His students have included winners of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and a Presidential Scholar.

    In the summer of 2017, Mr. Forough will return as a faculty member at the Summit Music Festival in Pleasantville, New York, to perform and teach. He has also been on the faculty at numerous other summer music festivals. U.S. destinations have included the Beverly Hills International Music Festival (California), Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, Maine), Indiana University String Academy (Bloomington, Indiana), Killington Music Festival (Rutland, Vermont), Madeline Island (Wisconsin), Meadowmount Summer School of Music (New York), and the Northwestern University Summer Violin Institute (Evanston, Illinois). Internationally, he has been on the faculty at the Cambridge International String Academy (Cambridge, Great Britain), Chateau de Champ Music Festival (Paris, France), International Music Festival Montpellier (France), Niagara International Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Pilsen International Music Academy (Czech Republic), Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), and Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival (Germany).

    Mr. Forough has been an adjudicator for competitions including the Stulberg International Competition and the Sorantin International String Competition, and has conducted master classes at the aforementioned summer festivals as well as at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Peabody Institute Preparatory, Mount Royal College-Academy "Program for Gifted Youth" in residence in Calgary, Canada, the Glenn Gould School of the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, and many others. In March 2016 he gave a master class and violin recital as part of the A.I. Lack Master Class series at the University of Houston’s Moore School of Music.

    Mr. Forough performs on the 1718 " Wilmotte" Antonius Stradivarius.

 
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Nancy Galbraith

Professor of Composition

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Composer Nancy Galbraith is Professor and Chair of Composition at Carnegie Mellon University. In a career that spans three decades, her music has earned praise for its rich harmonic texture, rhythmic vitality, emotional and spiritual depth, and wide range of expression.

Galbraith's symphonic works have enjoyed regular performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, including premieres led by Gennady Rozhdetsvensky and Mariss Jansons. Her Piano Concerto No. 1 was recorded by Keith Lockhart and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Chamber Music Magazine hailed Galbraith's Rhythms and Rituals as "the kind of piece that should be the 'sound of classical music' on today's radio stations." Her chamber works have been performed by members of the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and by Mexico's Sinfonietta Ventus and Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Galbraith's popular works for wind orchestras have become standard repertoire for concert bands around the world, and are recorded often by American college ensembles.

In recent years, Galbraith has produced a substantial body of major choral works, beginning with commissions from Robert Page and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh to compose Missa Mysteriorum and Requiem, a landmark achievement that was declared a 'masterpiece' by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. These successes have led to commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Providence Singers, Pittsburgh Camerata and many others.

Born into a musical family in Pittsburgh in 1951, Galbraith began piano studies at age 4. She later earned degrees in composition from Ohio University (BA) and West Virginia University (MA). Her works are published by Subito Music in Verona, New Jersey.

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Paul Gerlach

Artist Lecturer in Music Education, Director of Kiltie Band

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In addition to leading Carnegie Mellon's legendary Kiltie Band, the university's marching and concert ensemble for non-majors, Paul Gerlach brings a unique and varied background to his position as artist-lecturer in music education. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, he holds a bachelor of fine arts degrees in applied music (trumpet) and music education, a master of fine arts degree in applied music (trumpet) and another master of fine arts in musicology (thesis topic: The Influence of Politics in Russian-Soviet Music.) He studied trumpet with Anthony L. Pasquarelli, conducting with Richard Strange and musicology with Frederick Dorian. 

As an instructor at Carnegie Mellon, Gerlach has taught methods courses in brass, woodwind, percussion and marching band techniques. Concurrently, he worked 32 years in the public schools teaching instrumental music at the elementary, junior and senior high levels, and general music grades K-8. Gerlach devotes considerable time to conducting. Conducting experiences include guest, rehearsal and substitute assignment with the Pennsylvania Music Educators' Honors Band, Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble, Carnegie Mellon Pre-college Wind Ensemble and Trumpet Ensembles, Carnegie Mellon Youth Brass Band, River City Youth Brass Band, and the Lock Haven University Symphonic Band. He is currently music director of the Allegheny Brass Band.

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Nancy Goeres

Artist Lecturer in Bassoon

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Nancy Goeres, Principal Bassoonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, joined the Symphony's bassoon section in the 1984-85 season.

An avid chamber musician, she has performed at the Tanglewood, Marlboro, Sarasota, LaJolla and Mainly Mozart festivals; and most recently at New York's 92nd Street Y Series, Santa Fe Chamber Festival, Music in the Vineyards (Napa, Ca.), and Instrumenta Verano, Puebla, Mexico. She has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

With Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, she premiered the Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Bassoon Concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony Society. Ms. Goeres subsequently performed the Zwilich Concerto at the Aspen Music Festival and School and at the 1996 conference of the International Double Reed Society, and recorded it with the PSO and Maazel for the New World label. In May 2004, after working with musicians in Cuba, she performed the Concerto with the Havana Symphony. Other solo performances with the PSO include performances of Haydn's Sinfonia concertante, John Williams's bassoon concerto The Five Sacred Trees, and the Mozart Bassoon Concerto.

An active teacher, Ms. Goeres has given master classes in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Asia and South America, as well as in the U.S., most recently for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, the Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music. In October 2004, she gave her first master class over the Internet for the bassoon section of the New World Symphony. Also that month she performed in recital with clarinetist Michael Rusinek in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

A native of Lodi, Wisconsin, her principal teachers were Sherman Walt and Richard Lottridge. Nancy Goeres holds the PSO's Mr. & Mrs. William Genge and Mr. & Mrs. James E. Lee Principal Bassoon Chair. She is a faculty member of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music and performs and teaches regularly at the Aspen Music Festival.

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David Harding

Professor of Viola and Chamber Music

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David Harding has an extensive solo and chamber music career, having performed throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Central America and Australia, in such renowned venues as Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and New York’s 92nd Street Y and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Noted for his “eloquent viola playing” (The Scotsman), David has performed at music festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Sitka Chamber Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and Philip Glass’ “Days and Nights Festival” in Big Sur, California. David’s career has involved collaborations with leading instrumentalists and ensembles such as the Pacifica, Shanghai, Cypress, Dover, Fine Arts and Miro Quartets as well as the Gryphon Trio. David was formerly a member of the Toronto String Quartet and the Chester String Quartet  (“one of the country’s best and brightest young string quartets,” — Boston Globe) as well as the Canadian string trio “Triskelion.” With his wife, flutist Lorna McGhee and harpist, Heidi Krutzen, David is a member of Trio Verlaine.

David’s live performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio (Canada), BBC Radio 3 (UK), NPR’s ‘Performance Today’ (USA), ABC (Australia) and Deutschland Radio. David has recorded two CDs with Trio Verlaine; “ Fin de Siècle, the music of Debussy and Ravel”  (noted by the Vancouver Sun for “ravishing playing”) and “Six Departures” featuring works by Bax and Jolivet alongside new commissions by R. Murray Schafer and Jeffery Cotton. Upon release, “Six Departures” was chosen to be CBC Radio’s ‘Classical CD of the Week.’ Other notable recording projects include Philip Glass’ String Sextet and Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” on Orange Mountain Records, Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” with the string trio Triskelion for CBC records, the music of Aaron Jay Kernis with the Chester Quartet, and Brahms’ Viola Sonatas with pianist Phillip Bush for Skylark Music.

In addition to performing the core chamber music literature, David enjoys working closely with composers on new commissions and has helped to expand the repertoire for viola with four solo commissions, and five chamber music commissions to date. In collaboration with Philip Glass, he has worked on interdisciplinary projects with poets Jerry Quickley, Mike Garry, and kora player, Foday Musa Suso. David has worked alongside rock musicians in studio sessions, and arranged the string tracks for the Juno-winning, Grammy-nominated album “Mad Mad World” by Tom Cochrane. Prior to joining the Chester Quartet and embarking on a chamber music career, David was Assistant Principal Viola of the Canadian Opera Company, and performed and recorded with renowned early music ensemble, Tafelmusik.

The depth of David’s musical experience and knowledge make him perfectly placed to help the next generation of musicians. As a devoted and sought-after teacher, David is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He has given masterclasses throughout North America, at institutions such as the University of Michigan, Oberlin Conservatory, Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity.  David was formerly Associate Professor of Viola at the University of British Columbia, and with the Chester String Quartet,  “Ensemble in Residence” at Indiana University South Bend.  A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and winner of the Sir John Barbirolli Award at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, David’s primary teachers were Tibor Vaghy, Paul Doktor and Emmanuel Vardi. He performs on violas made by Nicolas Gilles, Montpellier, France and Pietro Antonio Della Costa, Treviso, Italy.

http://davidhardingviola.com/

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Micah Howard

Artist Lecturer in Double Bass

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Micah Howard enjoys a very rewarding career as both a performer and a teacher. He joined the world renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1996 at the age of 25. As a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, he has toured five continents, including Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and North America. Howard regularly performs as a recitalist, and chamber musician. He has also been featured as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Howard has always been active as a music educator. In addition to private teaching, he regularly serves as lecturer for various universities, coaches youth ensembles, such as the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Youth Symphony Orchestra, and in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Symphony's outreach program, visits local grade schools and high schools to coach ensembles and promote music education. Since the spring of 2000, he has been teaching string bass as adjunct faculty at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, and is also an adjunct professor at Duquesne University. At Carnegie Mellon, Howard serves as Artist Lecturer in Double Bass. 

As a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Howard has served on several committees. Most notably, he was a member of the core audition committee for five years, serving as chair for two of those years. While on this committee, he played a role in hiring more than twenty full-time and substitute members of the orchestra. He was also involved in creating a new process, which was instituted in 2005, for hiring new musicians. Currently he is a member of the Orchestra and Artistic Committees. 

Howard received his Bachelor of Music degree from Youngstown State University, and his Masters of Music degree from Duquesne University School of Music. His teachers include Tony Leonardi, Rodney Van Sickle, Edward Pales, Peter Paul Adamiac, and Jeffrey Turner. While still a student, Howard performed as a member of many regional orchestras, such as the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and the Erie Philharmonic. He also played as a substitute with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet and Opera Orchestras, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. In 1995 he took first place in the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition.

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Roseanna Irwin

Associate Teaching Professor of Coaching and Accompanying

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Roseanna Irwin holds both a bachelor's degree in music education and a master of music degree from Duquesne University, where she taught piano and was administrative assistant to the dean. In addition to teaching voice in her studio, she teaches at the Civic Light Opera Academy of Musical Theater. Irwin has served as head of the voice department at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, the music director of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Mini-Stars, and rehearsal and show pianist for the Civic Light Opera's main stage summer season. She was also a core member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and has sung roles in several Tuesday Musical Club operas. She has held posts as music director and accompanist for book shows and musical revues in Pittsburgh, Naples, Fla., and on the Royal Viking Cruise Lines. Roseanna is a member of the Tuesday Musical Club, Mu Phi Epsilon Service Sorority, is Secretary-Treasurer of Pi Kappa Lambda Theta Xi Chapter, and Vice-President of the Tri-State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She was formerly Chair of the School of Music’s Voice Department, and has served as a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Senate, the University Student Affairs Council, and the CFA College Council.

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Craig Knox

Artist Lecturer in Tuba

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Craig Knox was appointed Principal Tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2005. His previous orchestra positions included Acting Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Symphony as well as Principal Tuba of the Sacramento Symphony and the New World Symphony (Miami). Prior to his appointment in Pittsburgh, he was in demand as a regular guest artist with many major American orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota. Since 1995, he spends part of each summer as Co-Principal Tuba of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming.

Since joining the PSO, Mr. Knox also performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, and with his colleagues in the PSO trombone section, he recorded "From the Back Row" - an album of chamber music and orchestral excerpts for low brass quartet - on the Albany label. He has been an active chamber musician for many years, having co-founded the Center City Brass Quintet, an ensemble which has performed in recital throughout the U.S. and Japan, and been heard numerous times on NPR. Its five recordings on the Chandos label have met with critical acclaim, the first being described by American Record Guide as 'one of the all-time great brass quintet recordings'. In addition, he has played for several seasons with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet, with which he recorded for the Naxos label, and has toured with the Empire Brass.

Mr. Knox has performed on the soundtracks for numerous major motion pictures, including Spy Kids, Mars Attacks!, Jefferson in Paris, One Fine Day, and Elmo in Grouchland, which won a Grammy Award for Best Children's Album. He can also be heard on nationwide television every Saturday during football season in the music for ABC College Football.

Prior to joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Knox served on the faculty at Kent State University, California State University-Hayward, as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was Director of the Brass Chamber Music program. With the Center City Brass Quintet, he has presented master classes and seminars at universities and conservatories throughout the U.S., and has been in residence annually at the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, a festival in Japan which draws conservatory students from four continents. He has also taught at the University of Maryland's National Orchestral Institute.

A native of Storrs, Connecticut, Knox's first teachers included Gary Ofenloch, Samuel Pilafian, and Chester Schmitz, and he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Krzywicki of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and earned a bachelor's degree in music.

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Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida

Associate Teaching Professor of Oboe

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Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida has enjoyed playing as Principal Oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1991.  For two years prior to this she was Associate Principal Oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ms. DeAlmeida has been featured with the PSO in concertos by Bach (Concerto in A major for Oboe D’amore, Frans Bruggen, cond.), (Brandenburg Concerto nos.1 and 2, Jeannette Sorrell, cond.) Haydn (Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Alessandro Siciliani, cond.), (Concerto in C major, Manfred Honeck, cond.);Vaughan Williams (Concerto in A minor, Yoav Talmi, cond.); Strauss (Concerto in D major, Sir Andre Previn, cond.); Mozart (Concerto in C major); and  Francaix (The Flowerclock, Leonard Slatkin, cond.).  She has performed Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe with the PSO and Vladimir Spivakov, Andres Cardenes,  Pinchas Zukerman, and Noah Bendix-Balgley.

Ms. DeAlmeida has been honored with the commissioning of three oboe concerti for her by the PSO. The first one, commissioned  by Lorin Maazel, was composed by Leonardo Balada and premiered in 1993, Lorin Maazel conducting.  The following season she recorded it with Maazel and the PSO for New World records. The second PSO commission for Ms. DeAlmeida was written by Lucas Richman. She premiered it in 2006 with the PSO conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.  In 2015 she recorded this concerto with the PSO, Lucas Richman conducting, for Albany Records.  A third commissioned concerto, composed by Alan Fletcher, was premiered with the PSO and Manfred Honeck in June 2015. Ms. DeAlmeida has also appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Haddonfield Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.

Ms. DeAlmeida is an avid chamber musician, having performed numerous recitals at Carnegie Mellon University since 1993. She has commissioned and published several compositions from these recitals.

Each summer since 2002 she performs and teaches as a faculty member of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.  Several of her performances there have been featured on NPR’s ‘Performance Today”.  Ms. DeAlmeida has also performed at the Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the La Jolla Festival in La Jolla, California, and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and on Music from Marlboro tours.

In November 2002, Ms. DeAlmeida’s first solo CD was released on the Boston Records label. Classic Discoveries for Oboe was hailed by American Record Guide as “a masterly recording… Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida is simply one of the finest exponents of the instrument anywhere.”  Her second solo CD entitled Mist Over the Lake on the Crystal Record label was released in 2006 to rave reviews: “Ms. DeAlmeida is hands down one of the best players in the world…” In November 2015, her latest solo CD, Silver and Gold, was released on Crystal Records.

She can also be heard on Crystal Records’ recording of Sir Andre Previn’s Sonata for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano with Sir Andre Previn, as well as all the PSO recordings since 1991 under Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Marek Janowski, and Manfred Honeck.  In 2009 Mrs. DeAlmeida travelled to Berlin to perform the German Requiem of Brahms with Marek Janowski and the Radio Orchestra of Berlin (RSB). The performances were recorded for a CD on the Pentatone label.

Teaching has always been a rewarding part of Ms. DeAlmeida’s artistic life. She has been Associate Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music since 2012, and a faculty member there since 1991. She has held teaching positions at Temple University in Philadelphia and Trenton State College in New Jersey, and has taught at the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland as well as the New World Symphony. She is frequently asked to teach masterclasses at universities in the U.S. and abroad.

In 2003, Ms. DeAlmeida was featured on national television on the CBS “Early Show” in a story relating to the oboe and its remarkable health benefits for asthma sufferers, which led to her work as an ambassador for the American Respiratory Alliance in Pittsburgh.

Ms. DeAlmeida volunteers at the classical radio station WQED in their fundraising pledge drives. She participates in the PSO’s outreach and education department playing and speaking to young people in various venues throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Ms. DeAlmeida received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, studying with Arno Mariotti, and the Master of Music degree from Temple University, as a student of Richard Woodhams. She proudly plays on F. Loree oboes of Paris, France.

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Peter Kope

Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance

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Peter Kope, founder and artistic director of Attack Theatre, has created and performed works for the Avignon Festival (France), the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival (Japan), the Spoleto Festival USA, Tanzmesse (Germany), and the Broadway production of Squonk. He has also performed with Jacob Pillow’s “Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy”, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Alloy, and PerksDanceMusicTheatre. Peter interests in visual and installation art have led to many cross-disciplinary collaborations and site-specific commissions. Attack Theatre’s performances integrate dance, live music and video and have recently commissioned music by Dave Eggar (NYC) and Somei Satoh (Tokyo). Attack Theatre was featured in Dance Magazine as one of “25 to Watch for 2007,” named “Best Dance Company for 2007” (City Paper), “Best Dance Performance for 2006” (for The Kitchen Sink in the Post-Gazette), and received the National Dance Project touring award for Games of Steel. 

Attack Theatre is the company in residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music, where Peter is a teaching professor of dance. Peter has taught at numerous universities throughout the US and at hundreds of primary and secondary schools. He holds degrees from the University of Dayton.

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Lance LaDuke

Artist Lecturer in Euphonium & Music Business, School of Music Freshman Advisor, and Coordinator of Special and Creative Projects

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Lance LaDuke is internationally known as a performer, writer, speaker and educator. In addition to his duties on trombone and euphonium (and singer/court jester) in Boston Brass, Lance teaches at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities. Prior to joining Boston Brass, he served as principal solo euphonium with the River City Brass Band, the only full time professional brass band in the country. Lance has written for countless organizations, including sketches for radio, stage and themed attractions. He studied comedy improv and was a member of several improv troupes and regularly steps in front of audiences around the country in a number of character and comic roles.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Lance received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with a cognate in English. After graduate study at the University of Akron (euphonium performance) and George Mason University (instrumental conducting), Lance joined the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. While there, he performed for two presidents, countless dignitaries and heads of state and in hundreds of protocol functions, ceremonies, and public relations tours. He maintained a Top Secret security clearance, played for well over a million people from the White House to Red Square, and can be seen (with a magnifying glass) in the movie A Clear and Present Danger.

Lance has also performed with many of the top professional brass groups in the country, including the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Nothing But Valves brass quartet. He has taught and/or given master classes at some of the world’s finest universities and conservatories, including Juilliard, the Royal Academy of Music in London and Yong Siew Toh in Singapore. He has appeared on over thirty recordings, has produced nine others and has toured extensively throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His performances have been seen and heard on numerous television and radio programs.

Lance co-wrote and produced (with Deanna Swoboda) Band Blast Off, a band recruiting DVD and is currently in development on another. His comedy songs, including a touching elegy to a dead goldfish and a song about getting underwear for Christmas, are available for viewing through lanceladuke.com. Additionally, he has recently launched a speaking career, sharing his ideas on practice, leadership, and self-development.

His new book, Music Practice Coach, Five Workouts to Get the Most Out of Your Practice Time! is available through marketingvp.us or in all ebook formats.

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Carla LaRocca

Associate Teaching Professor of Keyboard Studies

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Carla LaRocca is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she began her musical studies at the age of six with her father, Anthony LaRocca, a former New Orleans jazz pianist. She later studied with Natalie Matovinovic, Charles Fisher, Laura Kargul, and Nelson Whitaker. Miss LaRocca holds the B.A. from Albion College (summa cum laude) and an M.F.A. with honors from Carnegie Mellon. LaRocca was the pianist of the Ann Arbor Symphony and has performed at the Albion College Concert Hall, Steadman Theater, and Salle Ockeghem, Tours, France. She has performed for Norman Dello Joio and was honored to play for the Ambassador of Italy. Her latest endeavors include releasing a CD of her piano solos and creating educational computer software for college level study. Miss LaRocca also serves on the Board of the Steinway Society.

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Luz Manriquez

Associate Teaching Professor of Collaborative Piano

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Luz Manríquez was born in Santiago de Chile, where she studied with Elena Weiss at the Escuela Moderna de Música. Upon graduation, she continued to advance her studies under Edith Fisher in Switzerland and María Iris Radrigán at the Catholic University in Chile. Following the completion of her Master's Degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Ms. Manríquez was appointed to the faculty as Artist Lecturer in Piano and Chamber Music in 1992. She was promoted to Associate Teaching Professor in 2004. Since 2012, she has also served as the Co-Director of Collaborative Piano.

Ms. Manríquez has been a regular guest of the Shadyside Concert Series and the Frick Art Museum Series. She has performed with the Nuance Music Ensemble, conducted by former PSO Concert Master, Andrés Cárdenes, as well as with the Chamber Music Project Ensemble at the Andy Warhol Museum. Since its founding in 2004 by cellist Aron Zelkowicz, Ms. Manriquez has been a regular guest with PJMF (Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival). She also appears yearly at the Carnegie Mellon Faculty Chamber Music Series.

Ms. Manríquez was the pianist in It's Peaceful Here on Arabesque Records and Made in U.S.A. on Ocean Records, featuring violinist Andrés Cárdenes. She has also collaborated in recordings of works by contemporary composers such as Reza Vali, Marilyn Taft Thomas, Efrain Amaya, Nancy Galbraith and David Stock. Ms. Manríquez can be heard in recordings of oboe and piano music with PSO principal oboist Cynthia D'Almeida. She also has performed alongside flutist Alberto Almarza in Atacama (Nancy Galbraith). In 2015 and 2016 recordings with cellist Aaron Zelkowicz were released – Chamber Music of Joachim Stutchewsky and Leo Zeitlin’s Yiddish Songs and Chamber Music and Declamations, both on Toccata Classics.

In October 2002, Ms. Manríquez participated in the George Crumb Festival in Pittsburgh and recorded Music for a Summer Evening for two pianos and percussions conducted by Maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo. This recording was released in 2006 and was awarded the Diapason d'Or Prize in 2008 in France.

As a pedagogue, Ms. Manríquez teaches at the Carnegie Mellon Preparatory School of Music, where she serves as acting Director of the Piano Division. Her students are prize winners in National and International piano competitions and have been invited to perform at highly-acclaimed venues such as Carnegie Music Hall (New York City) and in the United Nations. In May 2016, Ms. Manríquez was invited to give Master Classes at Yonsei University and Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. In May 2017, she inaugurated the first CMU Collaborative Piano Festival in Bogotá, Colombia.

One of Chile's most distinguished musicians, Ms. Manríquez has appeared as soloist, recitalist and in chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her artistry, combined with an innate musical sensitivity to others, has made her a sought after chamber musician and collaborative artist. She has been a featured soloist with Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Renaissance City Winds and performs frequently with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In April 2003, Ms. Manriquez was invited to perform with The Chamber Music Project at the prestigious Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna, Austria for their Bicentennial anniversary Gala Concert. 

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Anne Martindale Williams

Artist Lecturer in Cello

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Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Williams was soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Pittsburgh premier of The Giving Tree conducted by the composer, Lorin Maazel. This season, she will be featured in the Pittsburgh Symphony premiere of Jake Haggie’s The Work at Hand.

She has also collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, the Emerson Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances.  She made her London debut performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, Andre Previn conducting. Her solo in The Swan on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s recording of Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns was described by Grammophon critic Edward Greenfield as “…the most memorable performance of all.”

Mrs. Williams divides her time between the orchestra, teaching at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and solo and chamber music performances in America and Europe.  She has appeared in several nationally televised productions including Concertos, produced by the BBC and Previn and the Pittsburgh, produced by WQED. She has given master classes at many universities and festivals throughout the country, including The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the New World Symphony in Miami, Aspen, Credo at Oberlin College and the Masterworks Festival. She also has performed at many of America’s prestigious summer music festivals including Aspen, Caramoor, Skaneateles, Maui, Rockport Festivals in Massachusetts and Maine, Grand Teton, Strings Festival in Steamboat Springs, Orcas Island, and Mainly Mozart in San Diego. For many years she has enjoyed performing throughout the country with her Piano Trio, which includes her good friends Andrés Cárdenes and David Deveau.

She was the proud recipient of the Carlow University, Women of Spirit National Award, and the Celebrate and Share Women of Achievement Award.

Williams is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Orlando Cole. Her Tecchler cello was made in Rome in 1701. 

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Lorna McGhee

Artist Lecturer in Flute

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Scottish-born Lorna McGhee is principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Haitink, Gergiev, Rattle, Solti, Harnoncourt, Muti, and Honeck.  Before immigrating to North America in 1998, Lorna was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, England. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, and Victoria Symphony in Canada and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the USA. A career highlight was a performance of Penderecki's flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under the baton of the composer in 2004. As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed in Europe, North America and Australia, Singapore and Japan in such venues as London's Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, the Louvre, Paris and the Schubertsaal of Vienna's Konzerthaus, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, BBC Radio, NPR (USA), Netherlands Radio and ABC (Australia). She has made chamber music recordings for EMI, Decca ASV, Naxos and Meridian. Her recording for Naxos of Bax’ Chamber Music with the group ‘mobius’ was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Along with Duo partner Heidi Krutzen, Lorna has released two CDs on Skylark Music: "Taheke, 20th century Masterpieces for flute and harp" and "Canada, New Works for flute and harp." As a member of Trio Verlaine (with her husband, violist David Harding and harpist, Heidi Krutzen) Lorna has recorded two CDs: “Fin de Siècle,” the music by Debussy and Ravel, and “Six Departures”, featuring works by Bax and Jolivet as well as new commissions by Schafer and Cotton. Both the Trio and Duo are committed to broadening the repertoire and have contributed eight new commissions to date. Lorna’s first flute and piano recital disc, “ The Hour of Dreaming” with pianist, Piers Lane was released on the Beep label in 2014.

Lorna’s principal teachers were William Bennett (Royal Academy of Music) and David Nicholson (Junior Department of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama).  Both placed great emphasis on quality and expressiveness of sound. Lorna was formerly Visiting Associate Flute Professor at the University of Michigan, adjunct flute instructor at the University of British Columbia, and Visiting Fellow in Flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the RSAMD).  She has given master classes at the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music, William Bennett International Flute Summer School, Trevor Wye’s flute studio, Sir James Galway International Flute Festival, Pender Island Flute Retreat, National Flute Association Conventions, Julliard School, and universities across the USA and Canada, and has been a guest artist/teacher at the Banff International Centre for the Arts. In 2011 she was a jury member of the Boehm International Flute Competition. Lorna is an honorary ‘Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music’.

Teaching Philosophy:

I try to awaken the student’s own curiosity, enthusiasm, discernment, and artistry. I encourage a love, and reverence for the music, respect for one’s own work and a ‘generosity towards’, not ‘fear of’ the audience. We are best able to learn and integrate new ideas in an environment where stress levels are low, but alertness is high. Technique is merely physical co-ordination and we are at our most coordinated when the body is free from excess tension. Body awareness is a big part of my teaching – releasing unnecessary tension and building our trust & connection with the airstream, which is after all, the basis of all expression. Finding a natural connection to the breath gives us the ability to tap into the narrative quality of any piece of music, allowing us to ‘talk’ through our instrument. We can follow the example of great actors whose performance is enhanced by the range and subtlety with which they can vary their tone of voice.  I find that the Alexander Technique is a great resource in this respect. The aim is to find greater and greater ease and mastery, both on a physical and mental level; performing with a peaceful body; being technically organized, finding meaning in the musical literature you are engaged with; having the skills to convey this meaning convincingly and authentically to the audience; finding relevance in your role as a musician within society as a whole. This approach is both an art and a discipline, allowing us to explore, through the flute, the fullest expression of the human voice.  – L.M.

YouTube Clips:

“Premiere Flautist Recital” for British Flute Society at Royal Academy of Music
Schulhoff Sonata

“Premiere Flautist Recital” for British Flute Society at Royal Academy of Music
Shostakovich Romance from The Limpid Stream and Karg-Elert Chaconne

London Symphony Orchestra/Gergiev, Debussy L’Apres-midi d’un faune 
Guest principal flute

London Symphony Orchestra/Gergiev, Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Guest principal flute

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Honeck: Mahler Symphony No. 5 from Berlin Philharmoni

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Mildred Miller Posvar

Artist Lecturer in Voice, mezzo-soprano

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Ms. Posvar has been a performing mezzo soprano for 23 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, and appeared with every major opera company in the United States and the leading houses in Europe. She appeared regularly on radio and television, popularizing the classics on The Bell Telephone Hour and The Voice of Firestone. She has won special acclaim for her singing of German Lieder. Her operatic roles include Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro; the title role in Carmen, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier; Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte. In 1978 she founded The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Miller studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory and in Europe. She holds honorary degrees from the Cleveland Institute, the New England Conservatory, Bowling Green (Ohio) University, and Washington and Jefferson University. The University of Pittsburgh maintains a music scholarship in her name.

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Benjamin Opie

Artist Lecturer in Music Technology

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Ben Opie teaches music technology at both Carnegie Mellon and CAPA High School. He is also the founder and coach of CAPA Antithesis, the school's groundbreaking avant-garde ensemble.

Outside of academic life, Ben is highly active as a composer and arranger, and performer on reeds and electronics. He currently performs with Thoth Trio (intense acoustic jazz), OPEK (reduced size big band), Dust and Feathers (improvisation with text), and the Syrinx Ensemble (improvisation with live birds). Ben has recordings available by Thoth Trio, Water Shed 5tet, Coal Train, among numerous others.

In 1996, he received the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Creative Achievement Award for his work as a composer and saxophonist. Ben has received composition commissions from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, First Night Pittsburgh, and the Woodland Hills School District.

Ben did undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in music education.

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Dr. Natalie Ozeas

Professor of Music Education, Director of Graduate Studies

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Natalie Ozeas holds a B.F.A. in Music Education, a B.F.A. in Applied Music (clarinet), an elementary certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, an M.F.A in Music Education, all from Carnegie Mellon, and an Ed.D. in Humanities from the University of Pittsburgh. 



Dr. Ozeas taught preschool through high school for over 20 years. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, she was Professor of Music and conductor of the choir at California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ozeas is currently a Professor in the School of Music and Director of Graduate Studies. She appears frequently as an adjudicator and guest conductor for junior and senior high school choral festivals, and has directed workshops in Dalcroze Eurhythmics throughout the United States in Europe and in Asia. 



She is a past President of the Dalcroze Society of America, past President of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, past President of the Music Educators Association, Eastern Division and immediate past National Chair of the Urban Music Leadership Conference. She chaired the development of a Pennsylvania Arts Curriculum. As a member of the National Executive Board of MENC, she acted as liaison to the National Research Society and served on its editorial board. For the past fourteen years, Dr. Ozeas has directed the Urban Music Education Project with the Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg School Districts. Dr. Ozeas was inducted into the PMEA Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Dimitri Papadimitriou

Artist Lecturer in Chamber Music

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Pianist Dimitri Papadimitriou has distinguished himself as an artist of refined musicianship and personal verve. A passionate avid of chamber music, Dimitri has recently collaborated with many principal musicians from major European and U.S.orchestras, including Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Andrés Cárdenes, former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A musician of versatile skills, he has lately developed an interest in conducting that led him to a successful debut on the podium with Chausson’s Symphony in B-flat major and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony at the Pierre Monteux Festival and School. Currently a faculty member at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music in Pittsburgh, he also serves as the Artistic Director of the ‘Carnegie Mellon Chamber Series’, a newly found series that brings together members of the CMU faculty and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to the U.S., Dimitri was residing in Ireland enjoying a flourishing career with engagements in some of the country’s most prestigious venues and festivals, while completing his Doctorate in Music Performance. A native of Greece, Dimitri at age sixteen won first prize at the international chamber music competition ‘Classical Heritage’ of Moscow, made his debut with the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra with Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini’ and following an outstanding success, he was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto for a national broadcast. A graduate of Indiana University and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he has participated in a plethora of festivals throughout Europe and the U.S.

www.dimitripapadimitriou.com

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David Premo

Artist Lecturer in Cello

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Cellist David Premo joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1992, was promoted to Fourth Chair, a non-rotating position in 1994, and subsequent to a national audition in 1999, was offered the position of Assistant Principal. Following another round of national auditions, Mr. Premo was awarded the position of Associate Principal in 2001. Additionally, Mr. Premo has been Artist-Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University since 1994, providing private cello instruction, coaching chamber music groups and teaching an orchestra repertoire class.

Mr. Premo came to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C., where he served as Associate Principal of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra from 1980 until 1991. During his tenure in Washington, Mr. Premo performed chamber music at the Phillips Collection, the Corcorcan Gallery and the Library of Congress, and served on numerous occasions as principal cellist with the American Chamber Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra and the Wolf Trap Festival Orchestra, among others. Mr. Premo performed as a member of the National Symphony Orchestra, both at the Kennedy Center and on several United States and European tours.

Since coming to Pittsburgh, Mr. Premo has become a frequently requested
chamber musician and soloist, appearing on Shadyside and Rodef Shalom chamber music series and, in 1993, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Edgewood Symphony. In 1995 Mr. Premo and Christopher Wu (violinist with the PSO and winner of the 1994 Passamaneck Award) won the Pittsburgh Concert
Society Competition. In 1996 Mr. Premo won the prestigious Passamaneck Award entitling him to a solo recital which he gave in Pittsburgh's Carnegie Hall in April 1997.

David Premo studied 'cello in his native Chicago with Margaret Evans of the Chicago Symphony, later with Robert Newkirk at Catholic University, and most recently with Janos Starker at Indiana University. His 'cello was made in approximately 1860 by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.

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Dr. Richard Randall

Cooper-Siegel Associate Professor of Music Theory

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Richard Randall is the Cooper-Siegel Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. Randall holds a faculty appointment at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and is a researcher at CMU's Scientific Imaging and Brain Research Center. He received his PhD in Music Theory in 2006 from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester.

Randall's research lies at the intersection of music theory, cognitive psychology, and media and cultural studies. His work employs a wide range of investigative methods in an attempt to better understand what music is and why it is important.  He directs the Music Cognition Lab and co-directs the Listening Spaces Project.

His lab investigates the neuroscientific basis of music perception and cognition.  Focusing on how musicality is perceptual property that auditory objects, his lab uses fMRI to identify neural correlates of how musicality is modulated by changes in low-level acoustic organizational features.

Listening Spaces frames music as an essential human activity and seeks to understand the overwhelming impact technology has had on our collective and personal musical interactions. Their forthcoming book, 21st Century Perspectives on Music, Technology, and Culture, critiques current digital-music practices, how musical activities are commodified, and their social meaning. Listening Spaces also partners with local musicians, community organizers, and Pittsburgh schools to create the Pittonkatonk May-Day Music Festival and Workshop, which seeks to transcend traditional political economies of musician and audience and create socially engaged and sustainable musical events supported by vested community collaborators.

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Michael Rusinek

Artist Lecturer in Clarinet

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Michael Rusinek joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1998 and holds the Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Silberman Principal Clarinet chair. Born in Toronto, his early studies were with Avrahm Galper at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He attended the Curtis Institute, and was appointed by Mstislav Rostropovich to the post of Assistant Principal Clarinet with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.. Rusinek has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, and as a recitalist he has been heard across Canada on CBC Radio and in live concerts. He has performed throughout the United States and Israel. In 1985 he was awarded the grand prize in the International Clarinet Society competition and was a prize-winner in the Belgrade International Clarinet competition. In 1989 Rusinek represented Canada at the International Clarinet Festival in France. He has participated in many music festivals in the United States and Canada, including Musicians from Marlboro, and was featured on Sony records celebrating Marlboro's 50th anniversary. In the summer of 2000 Rusinek performed as Principal Clarinet in the Super World Orchestra, alongside musicians from around the world. He is working on Clarinetscape, an educational Web site for clarinetists.

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Sergey Schepkin

Professor of Piano

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Pianist Sergey Schepkin has performed worldwide, and made his Carnegie Hall recital début in 1993 (at Weill Recital Hall) to an enthusiastic reception from the audience and The New York Times. He has performed for the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center; Celebrity Series of Boston; at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; the LACMA and Maestro Series in Los Angeles; London’s Steinway Hall; the Grand and Chamber Philharmonic Halls in St. Petersburg; and the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, to name just a few places.

Schepkin’s vast repertoire includes solo, concerto, and chamber works written over the past four hundred years. He is a renowned interpreter of keyboard works by Johann Sebastian Bach, and was hailed by The New York Times as “a formidable Bach pianist . . . [who] plays . . . with the clarity of a harpsichordist and the passion and drama of a young Glenn Gould”. For the past twenty years, Schepkin has been embarked on a large-scale project that aims to record Bach’s entire keyboard output on the modern piano while having historical performance practice as a source of inspiration. His album of Bach’s French Suites and two Fantasias and Fugues was released on the Steinway & Sons label in November 2014 to enthusiastic reviews and was featured as the CD of the Week by WGBH (Boston Public Radio). His recordings of Schumann, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Schnittke have also been warmly received. His new recording of Bach Partitas awaits release.

Schepkin has performed concerti with such conductors as Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Nikolai Alexeev, Keith Lockhart, Jonathan McPhee, Edward Serov, and Vassily Sinaisky. A passionate chamber musician, he has performed with many renowned instrumentalists, including the Borromeo, New Zealand, and Vilnius string quartets. An advocate of new music, Schepkin has collaborated with Leonardo Balada, Alan Fletcher, Michael Gandolfi, Nancy Galbraith, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Harbison, Daniel Pinkham, and Christopher Trapani. Schepkin is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, and a prizewinner of several international competitions, including the first and Chopin prizes in the 1999 New Orleans International Piano Competition, top prizes in the 1988 Crown Princess Sonja (Oslo, Norway) and 1985 All-Russia piano competitions, as well as first prize in the 1978 International Competition for Young Musicians in Prague.

A naturalized American, Schepkin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Alexandra Zhukovsky, Grigory Sokolov, and Alexander Ikharev, graduating summa cum laude in 1985. He taught on the piano faculty at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1988-90. After his move to the United States in 1990, he studied with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he earned an Artist Diploma in 1992 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1999. In 1994-98, Schepkin was coached by the late legendary French-American pianist Paul Doguereau.

A sought-after teacher, Schepkin has presented master classes throughout the USA. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Piano at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has taught since 2003. He is also an Emerson Instructor at MIT (Cambridge, Mass.), and teaches at the New England Conservatory School of Preparatory and Continuing Education, as well as privately, in Boston. 

Sergey Schepkin is a Steinway Artist.

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Riccardo Schulz

Teaching Professor, Director of Recording Activities

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Riccardo Schulz is Teaching Professor in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon, where he teaches Sound Recording and runs the recording operations. His special interest is in recording, editing, and mastering classical music. For three years he was head of the Edgar Stanton Audio Recording Institute (ESARI) for the summer program of the Aspen Music Festival and School. 

Riccardo has recorded and/or produced more than a hundred compact discs on a variety of record labels, including Élan, New Albion, Mode Records, Ocean Records, Norvard, and New World Records. He has also recorded and/or mastered CDs of world music, jazz, alternative rock groups, and selected hip-hop artists. Groups and individuals he has collaborated with include Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Andrés Cárdenes and Luz Manríquez; conductors Denis Colwell and the River City Brass Band, Keith Lockhart and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo and the Tucumán Chamber Orchestra, Rachael Worby and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Juan Pablo Izquierdo and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Robert Page and the Mendelssohn Choir; Andrés Cárdenes and the Pittsburgh Symnphony Chamber Orchestra; Chatham Baroque; pianists Laura Opedisano, Aki Takahashi, and Barbara Nissman; santur player Dariush Saghafi; guitarist Manuel Barrueco, composers Iannis Xenakis, Reza Vali, Nancy Galbraith, David Stock, Ricardo Lorenz, Julián Orbón, and Leonardo Balada; mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux; baritone Sebastian Catana; tenor Arturo Martín.

Riccardo’s recording of Inca Dances by Gabriela Lena Frank and featuring Cuarteto Latinoamericano and guitarist Manuel Barrueco, received a Latin GRAMMY Award in 2009 for Best Classical Contemporary Compostion.

Riccardo’s non-classical recording credits include the rock group The Syndeys and The Glass Cube; hip-hop artists Freestyle, Unknown Prose, Lil ’Toine, E-Nyse, Charon Don and D. J. Huggy; and jazz artists Alton Merrell, Nathan Davis, Roger Humphries, Bobby Negri, Dave Pellow, James Johnson Jr, and others.

Riccardo has co-produced CDs with Carnegie Mellon students Steven Goldberg, Anna Vogelzang, Tate Olsen, Michael Kooman, Jeffrey Grossman, Ali Spagnola, Ariel Winters, Friedrich Myers, Justin Bishop, Greg Runco, Andy Jih, Haseeb Qureshi, Gabriel Cuthbert, Derek Pendergrass, Joshua Hailpern, Fumiya Yamamoto, Enoma Oviasu, John O’Hallaron, and others. He also oversees recordings with participants in the Arts Greenhouse project, a community-oriented hip-hop workshop for teenagers.

Riccardo also edits and masters the full season of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performances in conjunction with WQED-FM for local and national radio broadcast, and is in his twenty-third year of recording and editing performances of the Pittsburgh Opera for radio broadcast.

With Carnegie Mellon alumnus Alex Geis, Riccardo has developed the Webcast project and the Destination website for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, the first music conservatory in the world to offer live Internet broadcast of student recitals and ensemble concerts.

Riccardo has master's degrees in mathematics from Duquesne University and musicology from the University of Pittsburgh. He speaks Italian, and for several years was assistant accompanist for singers with the EPCASO program in Oderzo, Italy. He is former program annotator for the Y-Music Series, and former music critic for WQED-FM's Sunday Arts Magazine. 

Riccardo lives happily in Pittsburgh without a cellphone or a television, and has been a vegetarian for longer than anyone can remember.

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Dr. Franco Sciannameo

CFA Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music

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Born in Apulia, Italy, violinist, musicologist and cultural historian Franco Sciannameo
studied in Rome at the Conservatorio di Musica “Santa Cecilia” and later at the
Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the University of
Hartford, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Always concerned with the role of artists in society, Sciannameo writes and lectures
extensively on contemporary music and its relation to politics, cinema and the arts. He
has worked with a number of celebrated composers, including Giacinto Scelsi, Nino Rota
and Ennio Morricone with whom he collaborated on performances and recordings.
Sciannameo’s articles and essays are featured in The Musical Times (London), and his
most recent books include Nino Rota’s The Godfather Trilogy (Rowman & Littlefield,
2010); Phil Trajetta (1777-1854), Patriot, Musician, Immigrant (CMS Monographs and
Bibliographies in American Music, 2010); Music as Dream: Essays on Giacinto Scelsi
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); Experiencing the Violin Concerto: A Listener’s
Companion
(Rowman & Littlefield 2016), Musicians’ Migratory Patterns in Time and
Space: The Adriatic Coasts
(Routledge, 2017), and Ennio Morricone’s Walk of Fame:
From Darmstadt to Hollywoo
d (Lexington Books, 2018).
Sciannameo is College Distinguished Teaching Professor of Applied Musicology in the
College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and visiting professor
of applied musicology in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

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Maria Spacagna

Associate Professor of Voice, soprano

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Providence born soprano, Maria Spacagna has been a regular guest artist at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Dallas Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona, Teatro San Carlo, the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, the Spoleto Festival, the Zurich Opera,  Bavarian State Opera of Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Theater of Cologne, Opera Theater of Montreal, Canadian Opera, Shanghai Grand Opera, Capetown Opera of South Africa and many others. She was the first American-born artist to perform the role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY at La Scala.  She has recorded for Vox Classics, the first commercial recording of the 1904 La Scala world premiere version of Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY which includes the revisions for Brescia and Paris. This is the first interactive recording of an opera designed for CD.  VARIETY, the American daily of the entertainment industry has written, “Spacagna is the Cio-Cio-San of our generation”.  The Spacagna Butterfly was selected by FANFARE, the recording industry quarterly, as one of the three opera “recordings of the year” for 1997.  Fanfare, places her recording of the role along with those of Tebaldi, Scotto and Toti dal Monte.  Her recordings of the title role of Mascagni’s Lodoletta for Hungaroton and Vivetta in Cilea’sL’Arlesiana for Harmonia Mundi have earned critical acclaim.  In 1993, the LA SCALA ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE OPERA wrote: “The elegance of Spacagna’s phrasing, coupled with a voice that is consistent across the range and great sensitivity of interpretation, led her to being acclaimed as one of the great singers of her generation.”  She has performed more than 40 roles in her career.  Among them are: Violetta, Gilda, Desdemona, Luisa Miller, Amelia Boccanegra, Mimi, Liu, Tosca, Micaela, Marguerite and Rusalka.

As Liu in Turandot, Ms. Spacagna has been featured at the Metropolitan Opera (including the international radio broadcast), La Scala, Dallas Opera, Canadian Opera and in Korea and Japan with La Scala on tour.  Her Violetta in La Traviata has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Arena di Verona, Cologne, Toronto, Metropolitan Opera, Torre del Lago, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and New Orleans Opera.  As Gilda in Rigoletto she has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas, Milwaukee, Rio de Janiero, Toronto, New Orleans, Toledo, Artpark Festival, Winnipeg and Providence.

She returned to La Scala in 1996 to perform Cio-Cio-San, repeated the role at the Metropolitan, returned to Cologne and Berlin for more performances of Madama Butterfly and opened the Santa Fe Festival in their new production of that opera.  In the 1996/97 season she sang her first Tosca for Boston Lyric Opera and returned to the Met as Mimi in La Boheme and Cio-Cio-San inMadama Butterfly.  In 1997 Ms. Spacagna made her first appearances in Australia at Perth as Mimi in La Boheme and sang the Verdi Requiem.  Later that year she debuted in South Africa at Capetown with performances of Violetta in La Traviata.  In 1998 she added Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Met and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and reprised Liu in Turandot for the Met.  Other engagements included Madama Butterfly at L’Opera de Montreal, Pittsburgh Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin and La Traviata in New Orleans.

Important performances for Ms. Spacagna in 1998/99 included UnBallo in Maschera with Opera Grand Rapids, Andrea Chenier for Baltimore Opera, La Boheme at the Met, Madama Butterfly for the inaugural performances of the Fresno International Grand Opera,La Boheme for Opera Providence, and La Traviata for the Shanghai Grand Opera in Shanghai, China.

Other notable roles in her repertory (and their venue) include: Lina in Stiffelio and the title role in Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera), Maddalena in Andrea Chenier (Cincinnati Opera), Desdemona inOtello (Columbus Symphony and Florentine Opera), Marguerite inFaust (Trieste, Montreal, Winnipeg and Providence), the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Florentine Opera), Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore(Metropolitan Opera and Opera Theater of St. Louis), Micaela inCarmen (Dallas, Memphis, and Portland), Lord Byron‘s Love Letter(Trieste), and title roles in Rusalka (Spoleto Festival) and Lodoletta(New Jersey State Opera).

At the invitation of Placido Domingo, Ms. Spacagna performed at a State Dinner honoring the Prime Minister of Italy given by President and Mrs. Clinton at the White House.

In concert, Maria Spacagna has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel, and the Verdi Requiem with the Stamford Chamber Orchestra, Pioneer Symphony, MA, and the Chorale and Orchestra of Perth, Australia.  She has also appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Civic Chorale, and New York’s Little Orchestra Society, the Queens Symphony and the Toronto Symphony.

Ms. Spacagna is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Voice and a Master of Music in Voice with Distinction.  She was honored with an Alumni of the Year Award in 2004 from NEC.   She was a member of the Juilliard Opera Center at the Julliard School of Music.  In competitions, she was a second prize winner of the Busseto Verdi Competition in Italy, and the Paris International Voice Competition, and a New York regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.  She is the recipient of 2 George London grants, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Rockefeller Foundation and the Minna Kaufmann Rudd Distinguished Performance Award.  Ms. Spacagna is a recipient of a Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. In March, 2012, she received an award from the Italian Consulate General in Boston for Outstanding Achievement in Art, Culture and Entertainment.  She is also Honorary President of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and has received its first Distinguished Artist Award.  At the invitation of its founder, Sherrill Milnes, Ms. Spacagna is a faculty member of V.O.I.C.Experience, a training program for emerging professional singers.  She was Lecturer in Voice at Boston University, College of Fine Arts from 2005 until 2012.  Presently, she is Associate Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Arts.  

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Dr. Richard Stern

Professor of Electrical Engineering

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Most current speech recognition systems do not yet perform well in difficult acoustical environments, or in different environments from the ones in which they had been trained. This research is concerned with improving the robustness of SPHINX, Carnegie Mellons large-vocabulary continuous-speech recognition system, with respect to acoustical distortion resulting from sources such as background noise, competing talkers, change of microphone, and room reverberation. Several different strategies are being used to address these problems. These include: improved noise cancellation and speech normalization methods, the use of representations of the speech waveform that are based on the processing of sounds by the human auditory system, and the use of array-processing techniques to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the speech that is input to the system.
Signal Processing in the Auditory System

This research includes both psychoacoustical measurements to determine how we hear complex sounds, and the development of mathematical models that use optimal communication theory to relate the results of these experiments to the neural coding of sounds by the auditory system. Much of this work has been concerned with the localization of sound and other aspects of binaural perception.

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Peter Sullivan

Artist Lecturer in Trombone

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Sullivan was appointed Principal Trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by maestro Mariss Jansons. Canadian born, raised and trained, Mr. Sullivan came to Pittsburgh following a long and fruitful tenure as Solo Trombone with the Montreal Symphony under maestro Charles Dutoit.

Mr. Sullivan has performed as a soloist on many occasions with several orchestras including the Pittsburgh and Montreal orchestras. In 2006 he will perform the world premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon's Trombone Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the PSO. In 2007 Peter will be the featured soloist with Canada´s National Arts Center Orchestra.

Apart from his activities in Pittsburgh, Mr. Sullivan performs regularly across North America, Europe and the Far East as soloist and chamber musician alongside the world's leading brass players. He is a regular visitor to Japan playing and teaching at venues such as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, the Suntory recital hall in Tokyo, the Hamamatsu Summer Academy as well as solo recitals in Osaka. In China, Peter is involved with the Canton International Summer Music Academy and will be performing and giving master classes at the Tian Jin and Beijing Conservatories in April of 2006.

Aside from countless orchestral performances in the great concert halls of Europe, Peter has performed with the Orchestra Internationale Italia and was featured in Christian Lindberg's Trombone Concerto in Bunol, Spain with the composer on the podium. Peter was also the first prize winner in the 1990 Umea International Solo Competition in Sweden.

Here at home, Mr. Sullivan has given concerts and clinics from coast to coast including master classes at the Juilliard and Manhattan schools in New York City, the Glen Gould Academy in Toronto, coaching at the New World Symphony and the Banff School and tours with the Summit Brass and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago. He has been heard across Canada in recital on CBC radio and on NPR with his colleagues in the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass.

Presently, Mr. Sullivan serves on the faculties of Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities in Pittsburgh following 15 years as adjunct professor at McGill University in Montreal. For the past few years, he has been working with the Yamaha Corporation on the development of their new line of orchestral trombones, the prototype of which he plays.

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Dr. Thomas Sullivan

Associate Teaching Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Research Interests

Though there is currently no funded research at CMU in this area, Dr. Sullivan's interests lie in the areas of signal processing for audio and music systems.

Audio Signal Processing

As the professional recording industry has grown, so has the complexity and quality of sound recording equipment. Research in audio signal processing serves the advancement of digital audio recording. From the need for lossless data compression, to higher quality filtering for A/D and D/A conversion, to better error correction coding for digital hard disk and magnetic tape systems (and compact discs), the research areas where electrical engineers can aid the entertainment industry are great.
Music Signal Processing

Signals from musical instruments are very complex waveforms. As the professional recording and performance industries demand higher quality synthesis of existing musical instruments, the study of new methods of instrument synthesis has increasing importance. In addition, the greater quality of films and television have increased the need for more realistic generation of sound effects. The use of digital sampling in the creation of music and sound effects merges the music and professional audio signal processing areas.

In addition, there is increasing desire for the control of music synthesizers by other existing musical instruments and new, non-standard "instruments" or "controllers". Pitch and expressive tracking of these instruments are vital to obtaining information from a performer that is capable of giving the performer high-level control over a music synthesizer.

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Dr. Marilyn Taft Thomas

Professor of Music

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Marilyn Taft Thomas is Professor of Theory and Composition in the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. She is an active composer with works for orchestra, choir, piano, voice, brass band and chamber ensembles. She has won prizes from the National Federation of Music and the National Harvey Gaul Competition, the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University, the American Music Center,the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the River City Brass Band, and the 2011 Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A two-CD collection of her works, "Seasons Within" is available through Amazon.com. 

Her diverse background includes 25 years as a pianist, church organist and director of music. Dr. Thomas was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Pittsburgh, and the only woman to serve as President of the Pittsburgh Alliance of Composers. Her computer music research and development of music theory software is internationally known. As a teacher, her innovative teaching methods have been cited by Associated Press and honored by the university with its prestigious Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award.

Since joining the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1981, Dr. Thomas has served as Head of the School of Music, 1988-1996, Director of Graduate Studies, 1997-2000, Executive Director of the River City Brass Band, 2000-2003, and Interim Head of the School of Music, 2006-2007. In addition to her work as a composer, she has published over 20 articles and papers on composition, technology, computer music, music education and women in music. She has also authored two books, several collections of essays, poetry, and travel journals. Leadership in the Arts: An Inside View was recently published by AuthorHouse in Bloomington, Indiana.

In 2004, Thomas was granted the Stolarevsky Lifetime Achievement Award by the McKeesport Symphony Society for distinguished service in the arts, and for excellence in and contributions to the cultural life of our communities.

Thomas served as President of the Executive Board of the Andrew Carnegie Society at Carnegie Mellon University from 2007-2009. She is the mother of three grown children and has six very active grandchildren.
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Daniel Teadt

Assistant Teaching Professor, baritone

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Internationally acclaimed baritone DANIEL TEADT has performed throughout the United States and Europe in over thirty operatic roles in repertoire spanning more than 400 years. His range of repertoire includes his New York City Opera debut as the title role in Telemann’s Orpheus which followed his critically acclaimed portrayals of Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers and the title role in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox. Recently he performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Susquehanna Vallay Chorale, Resonance Works, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative and Lyric Fest.

Upcoming he will be appearing with Pittsburgh Opera in Little Women, Akron Symphony for the Faure Requiem, West Liberty Chorale’s Messiah, Resonance Works, Elgar’s The Apostles with the Riverside Symphonia and the New York City premiere of Missa Latina with Canticum Novum. Other notable highlights include Grammy Award winning performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, appearances with Pittsburgh Opera, San Francisco Opera, Aix-en-provence Festival, Arizona Opera, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Anchorage Opera, Ashlawn Opera Festival and Central City Opera among others.

A lauded concert singer and recitalist Mr Teadt has also appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Concerto Koln, Chatham Baroque, Los Angeles Master Chorale, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Victoria Bach Festival, the Orchestras of the San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera as well as recitals with the Ravinia Festival, Music In A Great Space, Lyric Fest, Music Of St Paul’s Recital Series, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Palm Beach Song Series, Freya String Quartet, New York Festival of Song, San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Debut Recitals and Aix-en-provence Festival.

His accolades include the Theodore Uppman prize from the George London Foundation, a Matteus Sullivan Career Grant, top honors from the MacAllister and Palm Beach Opera Awards as well as the prestigious Ganzalus Prize for Voice.

As a Master Teacher and technician Daniel has presented master classes and workshops as well as taught students throughout the world including Central Conservatory of Music-Beijing, The Palacio das Artes in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Arizona Opera, Ball State University, Clarion University, Arizona State University, Lincoln Park Performing Arts School, Trinity Scholars, Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Program, Opera Theater Summerfest, Point Park University and Washington & Jefferson College. Daniel is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University.

www.danielteadt.com

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Thomas Thompson

Associate Teaching Professor of Clarinet, Co-Director of Wind Ensemble

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Thomas Thompson holds degrees from the American Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University, and studied privately with Jerome Stowell, Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody. A member of the Grant Park Symphony, Chicago, for seven years, Thompson also toured with the Chicago Opera Ballet Orchestra and the Boston Pops Tour Orchestra.

Thompson joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1966 and recently retired after 50 years. He has been featured as soloist in concertos by Carl Nielsen in Heinz Hall in 1981 and Carl Maria von Weber at Hartwood Acres in 1989.

He has conducted the Pittsburgh Opera Theater's production of Carmen, and he also finds opportunities to guest lecture and perform. He is Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, and currently co-conducts the Wind Ensemble.

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Dr. Reza Vali

Professor of Composition

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Reza Vali was born in Ghazvin, Persia (Iran) in 1952. He began his music studies at the Conservatory of Music in Tehran. In 1972 he went to Austria and studied music education and composition at the Academy of Music in Vienna. After graduating from the Academy of Music, he moved to the United States and continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Ph.D. in music theory and composition in 1985. Mr. Vali has been a faculty member of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988. He has received numerous honors and commissions, including the honor prize of the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Sciences, two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, commissions from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, as well as grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as the Outstanding Emerging Artist for which he received the Creative Achievement Award. Vali's orchestral compositions have been performed in the United States by the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra 2001. His chamber works have received performances by Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Da Capo Chamber Players. His music has been performed in Europe, China, Chile, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Australia and is recorded on the Naxos, New Albion, MMC, Ambassador, Albany, and ABC Classics labels.

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Gretchen Van Hoesen

Artist Lecturer in Harp

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Gretchen Van Hoesen has been Principal Harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1977. She has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, both on the subscription series and on tour. Ms. Van Hoesen gave the New York premiere of the Alberto Ginastera Harp Concerto in 1976 and the Pittsburgh premiere in 1978. She has appeared as soloist with conductors André Previn, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Zdnek Macal, Sergiu Comissiona, and Pinchas Zukerman and has collaborated with flutists James Galway, Bernard Goldberg and Jean-Pierre Rampal in performances of Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp. Additional appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony have included performances of the Handel Concerto in B flat, Danses Sacré et Profane by Debussy, Concierto Serenata by Joaquin Rodrigo, and the Concerto for Harp by Rheinhold Gliere. In 1985 Ms. Van Hoesen and her husband, PSO Co-Principal Oboe James Gorton, presented the Pittsburgh premiere of Witold Lutoslawski's Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series. During the 1990-91 season Gretchen Van Hoesen was featured soloist in the Peggy Stuart Coolidge Rhapsody for Harp and Orchestra for the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops series and gave the United States premiere of Suite Concertante for solo harp and orchestra by Manuel Moreno-Buendia in San Antonio, Texas. In 1995 she performed the Gliere Harp Concerto with the Greenville (PA) Symphony, the Sun Valley (ID) Summer Symphony, and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. In the 2006-7 season, Ms. Van Hoesen premiered two solo harp compositions by Nancy Galbraith and Adam Schoenberg and performed the Mozart Concerto, K. 299 with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. In March 2008 she will present the world premiere of Sir André Previn’s Concerto for Harp on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series. Ms. Van Hoesen has also performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestral Association, the Greenwich Philharmonia, and the Westmoreland Symphony. She has concertized in the metropolitan New York area at Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Brooklyn Museum, and has presented concertos at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Ms.Van Hoesen was winner of the 1978 Passamaneck Competition and appeared in recital at the Y Music Series of the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center. In 1984 Ms.Van Hoesen opened the Heinz Hall Chamber Music Series with the world premiere of Sonatina for Solo Harp written for her by Paul Schwartz. Ms.Van Hoesen has been a recitalist throughout the Pittsburgh area at Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, Carlow College, Shadyside Concerts, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project, Rodef Shalom series, California University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, the Renaissance City Winds series, Geneva College, the Frick Art Museum and the Pittsburgh Peace Institute. She has been a featured soloist at American Harp Society National Conferences in Boston, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Washington, D.C. and Fredonia, New York. Ms.Van Hoesen has served as a judge for National Competitions of the American Harp Society and has been an officer for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society. Gretchen Van Hoesen graduated from the Juilliard School of Music earning both B.M. and M.M. degrees in harp as a scholarship student of Marcel Grandjany and Susann McDonald. She is also a graduate of the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department with highest honors in piano and harp, where she was a student of Eileen Malone. She further studied with Gloria Agostini. Her credentials as an orchestral musician include performing as Principal Harp in the New York Lyric Opera, the New York City Ballet, the National Orchestral Association, the Greenwich Philharmonia, the Pittsburgh Opera and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Italy), the Virginia Opera, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Jeunesses Musicales Orchestra (Germany). She presently holds the Virginia Campbell endowed Principal Harp Chair of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Gretchen Van Hoesen was selected to perform in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, in the Super World Orchestra 2000, an orchestra made up of key musicians from around the globe. In 1985, the recording Lullabies and Night Songs was released on the Caedmon label featuring Jan DeGaetani, soprano; Gretchen Van Hoesen, harp; and instrumental ensemble. Ms. Van Hoesen collaborated with her father, bassoonist K. David Van Hoesen, and singer Jan DeGaetani in a recording of the Phyllis McGinley Song Cycle written for them by the late Alec Wilder. In the 1990-91 season, Ms.Van Hoesen performed the world premiere of Blues for Harp, Oboe, and Violoncello by Lawrence Hoffman and presented a master class and oboe/harp duo recital in Taipei, Taiwan. Composer Robert Kelly wrote and dedicated Modal Variations for Ms. Van Hoesen and her husband, and Suite for Oboe and Harp by James Legg was written for the duo and premiered in March 1993. Pavanes, Pastorales, and Serenades for Oboe and Harp, a CD for Boston Records, was issued in December 1998 with critical raves from around the country. Ms. Van Hoesen collaborated with conductor Rossen Milanov to record the Gliere and Jongen Harp Concertos and Buendiá’s Suite Concertante with the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria. These performances are available on Boston Records. Ms. Van Hoesen is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities and combines teaching there with private students at her home in Pittsburgh. She has given master classes at Duquesne University, the Eastman School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Illinois, the Aspen Music Festival, the National University of the Arts in Seoul, Korea, and has been an artist-lecturer on numerous series in Pittsburgh as well as throughout the country. She was a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School from 2001-6. Her students have won numerous national awards and prizes.

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George Vosburgh

Assistant Teaching Professor of Trumpet, Co-Director of Wind Ensemble

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George Vosburgh, celebrated soloist and lecturer is internationally acclaimed for his virtuosity on the trumpet in recordings, concerts and recitals, as well as guest artist performances in such locales as the Bonn Festival at Rolandsek, the Ravinia Festival, and the Curs Internacional de Musica in Valencia, Spain. In 1992 he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded George Vosburgh Best New Classical Artist in 1985 for the Reference recording of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat with Chicago Pro Musica. He is a Bavarian Radio International Music competition prize winner and a Gold Record recipient for his work with the New Age music ensemble Mannheim Steamroller. In 2003 he was invited to become Principal Trumpet of the World Orchestra for Peace Valery Gergiev Music Director. The orchestra has since done several tours across Europe and China with many recordings and television programs.

Recent recordings featuring George Vosburgh include Trumpeter's Heritage, music by Bach, Bohme, Tomasi, Fasch, and Neruda with the Czech Philharmonic, Arnie Roth conducting. Trumpet Masterworks, pieces for trumpet and piano, Alaine Fink - piano.. Four Trumpet Concerti, works by Haydn, Hummel, Telemann, and Leopold Mozart with the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz conducting. All recent recordings are featured on the Four Winds label.

In 1994 Mr. Vosburgh organized the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, a unique brass ensemble featuring some of the world's finest orchestral brass musicians in chamber ensemble. The brass has enjoyed a flurry of recording activity including a1998 release of Bach's The Art of the Fugue on the Four Winds label. Along with featured tracks on collection CDs, in 2000 the group released its second CD A Christmas Concert also on the Four Winds label. In June of 2002 the brass released its new recording with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, music for mixed chorus, brass, and organ. The latest recording, The Spirit of Christmas has won the group national attention including features for National Public Radio and WQED Pittsburgh .

As an educator, Mr. Vosburgh has appeared in universities across Europe, the Far East, and the United States including Northwestern, University of Michigan, U.C.L.A., as well as the Tanglewood Fellowship program. He has lectured at the International Trumpet Guild's annual conference and has recently published a critical edition of the Bohme Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E minor under LeDor Publishing. He is currently on the faculty of Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University, both in Pittsburgh. 

Mr. Vosburgh is a graduate of the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, where he was Principal Trumpet and featured soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He began his career as an orchestral trumpeter at age 19 as third trumpet and assistant principal of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of David Zinman. After three years with Rochester, he joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the late Sir Georg Solti as the youngest member of that orchestra's world-famous brass section.

George Vosburgh holds the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Martha Brooks Robinson Chair and is an active member on various Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Committees.

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Christopher Wu

Artist Lecturer in Violin

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Violinist Christopher Wu enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral and chamber musician, teacher and soloist. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Wu joined the first violin section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1988, and holds the Nancy & Jeffery Leininger First Violin Chair. He has previously served as concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Riverside Orchestra and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics.

An active chamber musician, Wu has played with a wide range of artists including Nancy Wilson, Joshua Bell, and the Muir String Quartet. He is a founding member of the innovative chamber music group Innuendo, hailed by the Boston Herald as “an ensemble notable for its unanimity of spirit and sonority” and for its “warmly intense interpretive powers.” Chris has appeared in numerous festivals in recent seasons including Aspen, Brevard, Heidelberg, Savannah, Masterwork, Stockbridge and St. Bart’s Music Festival.

Mr. Wu is currently on the faculties of Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University and Geneva College. He has taught classes at the University of Texas, Youngstown State University, Ottawa University, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and has served as Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Oklahoma.

As a soloist, Wu has been described by the Tribune-Review as a musician of “virtuoso command with depth of musical understanding.” He has appeared numerous times as a soloist for the PSO and has given recitals to critical acclaim.

Chris’ violin was made in 1727 by Nicolo Gagliano. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, ice hockey, traveling and cooking. He and his wife Annette, reside in Gibsonia with their two children Wesley and Grace. In 1991, he survived a near-fatal automobile accident, and he is grateful for every opportunity to play.

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Hanna Wu Li

Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy

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Hanna Wu Li, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, is the recipient of the Presidential Scholar's Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House. She has received wide recognition of the distinctive Piano Program for Children she developed at Carnegie Mellon's Preparatory School. Over the past 35 years, her pupils have won numerous national and international awards and have been soloists with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in their Young People's Concerts and featured pianists in the Pittsburgh Concert Society's Artist and Young Artist Concert Series. Professor Li and her students have also been presented on NPR, PBS, ABC and in the McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR-FM in New York City, and on WQED-FM's Sunday Arts Magazine in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been listed in Who's Who in America, and Who's Who Among American Teachers.

Professor Li has conducted numerous Master Classes, and served as adjudicator in national and international piano competitions. She has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. She has been invited twice by the Chinese National Association of Musicians to give piano pedagogy workshops and master classes to college piano faculty representing every province in China, and international visiting scholars travel to Carnegie Mellon to observe her work.