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Introducing a new segment of TRYPOsphere…TRYPOtalks! In this online series, we’ll invite special guests to focus on topics relevant for young musicians, including Audition Preparation and a Juried Performance event, all viewed through the lens of contemporary life in 2020.

All TRYPOtalks are free for TRYPO students and a suggested $5 donation for non-members.

Upcoming TRYPOtalk!

Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 PM via Zoom
Composing Music to Match Your Mood with Prof. Robert Traugh

Join TRYPO’s own, Professor Robert Traugh as he walk us through the process of creating music through improvisation, and using your mood as a source of inspiration and self-expression.

In addition to TRYPO’s Wind Symphony Conductor, Robert Traugh is a Pittsburgh-based freelance composer and Adjunct Professor of Composition at Duquesne University. Rob has written for wind bands, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, dance as well as other commercial projects. Rob’s music draws influence from an eclectic study of contemporary music, an appreciation of the natural world, and pervading undertones of jazz. He is currently actively engaged with commission projects. With a background spanning 12 years of service as a public school music teacher, his works have received acclaim as having artistic and pedagogical applicability in the modern ensemble curriculum. Most recently, Rob’s music has been programmed for performances in the Arizona MEA Conference, Pennsylvania MEA Conference, Ohio MEA Conference, as well as the Music for All National Festival.  

Rob holds an M.M. degree in Electronic Composition (2017) from the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, where he studied theory and composition with Lynn Purse, Patrick Burke, and Joseph Willcox Jenkins. He completed a B.M degree in Music Education at Youngstown State University (2006), where he studied music theory, score analysis, conducting, composition, and arranging with Till MacIvor Meyn, Stephen Gage, Michael Crist, and David Morgan. 

Rob currently resides in Cranberry Township, PA, with his wife Bethany and children Gavan & Maia. 

No RSVP required for current TRYPO members.

Non-TRYPO members: please e-mail laurie@trypo.org to register.

Make sure you’re connected with TRYPO on Instagram and Facebook, and start checking our stories for the opportunity to submit questions for Mr. Traugh in advance.

TRYPOtalks! 2020 Schedule

  • Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 PM: Chelsea Sharpe (Violin, New World Symphony) talks Audition Preparation
  • Monday, November 23, 7:00 PM: Michael Warren (Composer, Duquesne University Alum) on Dealing with Anxiety
  • Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 PM: Rob Traugh (Composer, Duquesne University Faculty) on Making Music to Match Your Mood
  • Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 PM: Jim Nova (Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) on an Introduction to Overdubbing