1962 – 1971

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In 1965, Pablo Casals gave master classes and conducted performances of all of Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos. The following year, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra commissioned works from faculty composers Lopatnikoff and Roland Leich to help celebrate The City of Pittsburgh bicentennial.

Former Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Sidney Harth became head of the School of Music in 1963, taking over directorship of the orchestra and founding the Carnegie Fine Arts Quartet.

In the mid 1960s, the Kiltie Band, the school’s foremost student ensemble, began a tradition of touring to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall, earning reviews in the New York Times, issuing recordings, and premiering works by leading composers.