September 18, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA
For Immediate Release
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) is pleased to announce the addition of two team members as it begins its 40th season of new music in Pittsburgh.
Jennie Dorris joins PNME in the newly created position, Director of Education. A musician, educator, and journalist, Ms. Dorris moved to Pittsburgh in October 2013, and quickly integrated into the arts community. She teaches a course in Creative Expression at Carnegie Mellon University’s Preparatory School, writes for Pittsburgh Magazine, and works with the Center for Arts innovation at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music. An active performer, Ms. Dorris performs with Alia Musica, Musicians with a Mission, and Shelter Music Boston. In addition to expanding PNME’s current educational initiatives, Ms. Dorris will work with students at the Neighborhood Academy for an 8-week residence in the spring, presenting her workshop “Telling Stories,” in which students will write memoires and create music and other artwork, culminating in a performance at the end of the residency. When asked about her new appointment, Ms. Dorris said "I'm excited for students across Pittsburgh to create their own musical works and share them with the community." For more information on Ms. Dorris, please visit http://www.jenniedorris.com.
PNME also welcomes Linda Kernohan as its newest member to its Board of Directors. Ms. Kernohan is a composer and pianist, and the author of the Miss Music Nerd blog. Her music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe, and her most recent project is A Book of Hours, a cycle of piano pieces based on the writings of Thomas Merton. She has served as classical music blogger for the Grammy Awards since 2009, and is also a contributor to Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh's cultural talk magazine. Ms. Kernohan teaches music courses at Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus, and private piano lessons at the Winchester Thurston School. She moved from Boston to Pittsburgh two years ago and has been thrilled to find a rich, vibrant and welcoming music community here. For more information on Ms. Kernohan, please visit http://missmusicnerd.com/.
“The Board and artists of PNME are delighted to welcome such vibrant and community-oriented individuals to our team. Both Ms. Dorris and Ms. Kernohan will be vital assests as our team works to develop and strengthen our relationship with the Pittsburgh community” said Executive Director, Pamela Murchison. PNME’s Board President, Jeffrey Nytch, echoed the sentiment, sharing that “Linda and Jennie are both terrific additions to our team, and are part of an ongoing strategy to grow our board and broaden the scope of activities beyond those of our summer season.”