PNME Welcomes 2 New Team Members!

Jennie Dorris, Director of Education

Jennie Dorris, Director of Education

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.

Linda Kernohan, Board of Directors

Linda Kernohan, Board of Directors

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

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

 “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.”


First Limer Promotion

We know how much you love PNME, and we want to show our appreciation for all that you do to spread the Good Lime Green News through our First Limers Program. The friend who introduces the most First Limers to PNME this summer will win a spectacular gift basket, including a Season Subscription Package to our 40th Anniversary Season, invitations to our New Music Salons in 2015, and more! First Limer tickets are available at the door at 7:00 on the day of the show. Bring a First Limer, and receive a 50% discount on your ticket. Bring 2 First Limers, and get in for free!

Join PNME for a Jazz Happy Hour

July 20, 4:00-7:00 pm – Join your Lime Green Team for a Jazz Happy Hour at the Le Mont Restaurant, 1114 Grandview Ave, Mt. Washington. All ticket sales benefit PNME. Contact Pam Murchison to reserve your place at (412)316-5671 or

Ticket options:

_____ Single ticket - $75 ($39.50 is tax-deductible)
_____ Pair of tickets - $125 ($46 is tax-deductible)
_____ Table of 4 - $225 ($67 is tax-deducible)
_____ Table of 10 - $500 ($105 is tax-deductible)
_____ We regret that we cannot attend, but find our donation enclosed.

Tickets include valet parking, one drink ticket, and light refreshments. Please make checks payable to “Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble” and send to PO Box 14577, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. You can also reserve your tickets through Pay Pal. Just indicate the amount of tickets and the total price in the "Purpose" field.


39th Season Announced!

Join Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) for a whole new concert experience as we celebrate our 39th season, July 11-August 2, 2014 at City Theatre (1300 Bingham Street in the South Side). Be a part of something truly spectacular as we celebrate two world premieres, music by your favorite living composers, and collaboration with local artists.

Concert 1 (July 11 & 12 at 8 pm) is titled The Lost Traveler. The first breath of life and sense of “self” is an awe-inspiring moment. It may be our most intimate, pure memory – one perhaps impossible to access consciously. The journey that follows through adulthood, and eventually to an inevitable return to a childlike state, is a loop that has been repeating longer than any of us can comprehend. The voyage is filled with both wonder and distraction. Whether by choice or through forced re-birth, The Lost Traveler is, in part, about wresting oneself from all delusion in search of the true self once again. This program includes Martin Bresnick’s solo work of the same title, as well as Kevin Puts’ Living Frescoes and music by Iannis Xenakis. Percussionist Ian Rosenbaum performs Vinko Globokar’s inventive ?Corporel, which explores the human body as an instrument.

Composer Ted Hearne reveals his newly commissioned work, The Cage Variations in Concert 2 (July 18 and 19 at 8 pm). Constructed entirely from shards of music from contemporary American composers, Hearne melds, morphs and steals music from pre-existing works to create twelve variations on Charles Ives' philosophical and hypnotic song The Cage. This colorful and prismatic program also includes sampled works, in whole or in part, in their original form, utilizing Hearne’s own music juxtaposed with selections by Anna Clyne, Morton Feldman, Amy Beth Kiersten, and more. Timothy Jones, bass-baritone, returns for this exciting event.

The 2014 season will once again include a Wednesday Showcase Series on July 23, featuring PNME violinist Nathalie Shaw. Resident in Paris, Shaw's rapidly developing career has already taken her across the world with recital and concerto tours to the USA, Switzerland, United Kingdom, South America, Spain, Italy, Denmark as well as France. She has played most of the major concerto repertoire in the last few seasons, and has a wide-ranging recital repertoire with a specialist’s knowledge and experience of contemporary music. In addition to works by your favorite Pittsburgh composers, David Stock and Roger Zahab (world premiere), Shaw will give the US premieres of music by Alain Celo and Sébastian Béranger.

Concert 3 (July 25 and 26) features a world premiere by Ryan Anthony Francis, written for PNME and guitar virtuoso Mattias Jacobsson. Of the newly composed work, Francis writes: “There is a natural intimacy to the guitar. It is an instrument that invites you to lean closer, to listen more carefully, to have a dialogue between performer and listener. Likewise, the interactions between the guitar and other instruments are--to me--best when they have a delicacy and transparency, gently highlighting contrasts of tambour and articulation that emerge through wandering exploration.” In addition to Francis’s work, PNME will showcase soprano Lindsay Kesselman in Christopher Cerrone’s I will learn to love a person.

Our season closes with a remount of one of the most popular programs in our history, Drunken Moon. Schoenberg’s seminal Pierrot Lunaire is preceeded by Kieren MacMillian’s Drunken Moon, which tells a deeply resonant story:

A heart-sick woman in a late-night dive
thinks she's met the man of her dreams –
only to discover that the river of love
can be a dangerous place to swim.

A fully staged work, directed by Kevin Noe with the part of She performed by Lindsay Kesselman, soprano, and Timothy Jones, bass-baritone, in the part of He, this haunting program will reveal a commissioned piece by local visual artist Chris Craychee, which will be auctioned the close of our season.

We are pleased to announce several new options for attending PNME in 2014. For the first time, we are offering a 4 Ticket Flex Pack – purchase before July 1, and select any four shows during our season for ultimate flexibility! Season packages and single tickets are available by visiting We are also happy to announce that we are offering a deeper discount for students and seniors – 50% off, whether you purchase in advance or at the door. And, as always, we invite you to attend for free as a First Limer. Just visit the box office on the day of the show to receive your complimentary ticket. Bring a First Limer, and receive a 50% discount on your ticket. Concerts begin at 8:00 pm (7:30 pm on Wednesday, July 23) at City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street in the South Side.

The Fabulous Ms. Bagel Returns!

Ms. Eda Bagel will appear in Pittsburgh this summer for one weekend only - July 18 and 19 at 8 pm! See her perform her unauthorized biography at the Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue, in the Cultural District. Read one reviewer's praise for this "splendid, campy romp!" Purchase your tickets here before they sell out. Ms. Bagel's performance generously supports Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

Imitation of Wife:  An Unauthorized Autobiography” has been one of those rare instances where a show developed from its parody-of-a-title, rather than the other way around.  After six months of gathering music, movie dialogue, and shaping and re-shaping the storyline, the concept has developed into a show that has received acclaim across all demographics.  This show premiered in November 2010 at the East Theatre in the Dairy Center for the Performing Arts in Boulder, Colorado, and enjoyed three subsequent sold-out runs.
To tell this story, a soundtrack of movie dialogue and music has been borrowed from the past 80 years.  It took only slightly less than 80 years to splice this all together.

This interactive, fast-paced comedy is presented in a series of “musical vignettes” that are introduced verbally by the main character as she goes through her life.
Some of the music will be familiar and some will be new; but even the familiar has been pieced together in surprising ways.  Enjoy!

March Newsletter

Check out the first of our new monthly newsletters! Join our mailing list by April 30 for a chance to win two tickets to one of our opening weekend concerts on July 11 or 12. If you're already on the list, refer a friend to be entered into the drawing.

PNME Welcomes New Executive Director

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is pleased to announce the hiring of Pamela Murchison as its new Executive Director. Murchison has long-standing Pittsburgh ties, having graduated from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and working with a number of Pittsburgh musical organizations as both a performer and administrator. “I am a long time friend and fan of PNME, and admire the ways in which the organization has evolved over the past 39 years. I’m particularly struck at the consistently exceptional level of its artistic output. PNME has been a model for new music ensembles throughout the country, a true friend to composers and the Pittsburgh community, and I’m so excited to be joining the team.” PNME Artistic Director Kevin Noe, who first met Murchison in 1997, shared that he is “thrilled to have Pam as a new partner in the PNME family. A terrific musician herself and a long time PNME supporter, she brings a collaborative and galvanizing energy to the organization."

Jeffrey Nytch, PNME Board President, is enthusiastic about the choice: “Pam brings an infectious energy and drive to this position, and has a very appealing combination of a strong performance career and administrative experience enabling projects and performances by a range of performing arts organizations.”

Murchison holds both performing and leadership positions in the Akron Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Ohio Valley Symphony orchestras, She has performed with Opera Theater Pittsburgh, and can be heard with the chamber ensemble Matt Murchison Mutiny. Murchison is very dedicated to education. She is a licensed Kindermusik teacher, and specializes in teaching pre-school piano at Kathy’s Music in Pittsburgh. After a five-year tenure at Frostburg State University in Maryland, Murchison continues to teach multidisciplinary online classes. Murchison has also participated in aesthetic education training through Gateway to the Arts, and incorporates that philosophy into all of her educational endeavors.

After completing her bachelors degree in Flute Performance at Duquesne, Murchison earned a Masters degree from Youngstown State University; she is currently completing a Doctoral degree at West Virginia University.