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University of Pittsburgh Names Nicole Mitchell Director of Jazz Studies

The award-winning flutist will take the chair formerly occupied by the late Geri Allen

Nicole Mitchell (photo: Amanda Friedman)
Nicole Mitchell (photo: Amanda Friedman)

The University of Pittsburgh has announced that Nicole Mitchell, the award-winning flutist, will become its William S. Dietrich II Endowed Chair in Jazz Studies on July 1. Mitchell will also take over as director of the university’s jazz studies program, a position previously occupied by the late pianist Geri Allen.

“I have big shoes to fill, following the incredible work Geri Allen accomplished, making connections between tradition and innovation,” she said in a press release. “I’m excited to explore the full spectrum of creative possibilities for jazz at Pitt.”

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