Happy New Year!
For the past six years, Carnegie Mellon University has added to the tradition of new arrangements of "Auld Lang Syne" to honor the school's Scottish roots. This year's version was arranged by Director of Piping Andrew Carlisle and performed by Carnegie Mellon Pipes and Drums with vocals from Manu Narayan, a 1996 graduate of the School of Music; Alyssa Vieau, a senior in music; Emily Gallagher, a 2019 graduate of the School of Music; and Kaya Rose Giroux, a junior in music.
Madi Lippmann, a master's student in the School of Music, arranged the piece performed by graduate students Alyssa Hensley, Katelyn Croft, Caroline Haines and sophomore Alice Statham, all of whom study with Gretchen Van Hoesen.
Faculty and students involved with Exploded Ensemble and Activated Anamorphs brought School of Music graduate student Jacob Randall Holmes' arrangement to life in a limestone mine.
The Tartan Tuba Band performed an original arrangement of "Auld Lang Syne," by Assistant Teaching Professor Lance LaDuke.
Ujjal Bhattacharya, then a double math and music major at Carnegie Mellon, arranged and performed "Auld Lang Syne" on marimba in the Kraus Campo on CMU's campus.
The CMU Treblemakers, an award-winning co-ed a cappella group, helped ring in the new year.