Briefly Noted

Issue Date: 
September 15, 2008

Pitt’s New Ensemble in Residence to Perform Sept. 20


IonSound Project

IonSound Project, the University of Pittsburgh’s first music ensemble in residence, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 in Bellefield Hall’s auditorium.

The contemporary chamber ensemble will present a program titled “Mirrors and Minimalism,” featuring Peggy Yoo, flute; Kathleen Costello, clarinet; Laura Motchalov, violin; Elisa Kohanski, cello; Rob Frankenberry, piano; and Eliseo Rael, percussion. This program will feature the work of Pittsburgh photographer Charles Biddle, programming inspired by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra composer in residence John Adams, and works by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Erik Satie, and Arvo Pärt.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for senior citizens and students; they can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 412-624-4125 or visit

In the past, Pitt’s music department has invited professional ensembles to perform in the Music on the Edge series, and their members have been asked to stay for short residencies to work with graduate-student composers. IonSound Project is the first ensemble with in-residency status at Pitt.

IonSound Project was founded in 2004; its members have performed collectively with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, among others.
—Sharon S. Blake

Pitt’s GSPIA Seeks Submissions For Johnson Award for Best Papers

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is accepting submissions for the 2008-09 Johnson Award for Best Papers in Ethics and Accountability in Public Service.

At least one winner in the following two categories will be selected through a blind review process: papers already published or accepted for publication in refereed forums and student papers, including work by doctoral students prior to the awarding of their degree. Cash prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to first-place winners in the two categories, respectively.

Young scholars and students are especially encouraged to apply.

Papers should have one of the following themes: international and civil security, human security, international development, public administration, and the management and governance of nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations. Themes are broadly interpreted.

Generally, most papers with significant implications for public policy, public management, or nonprofit-sector management will be acceptable. All entries must be received by Nov. 1. Winners will be notified in spring 2009.

For more information, visit or call 412-648-1336.
—Amanda Leff