Eastman School Of Music

26 Gibbs Street
585-274-1000

Mission Statement:

The Eastman School of Music strives:

 - To create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.

 - To give the student an intensive professional education in his or her musical discipline.

 - To prepare each student with a solid foundation in music and an expansive education in the liberal arts.

 - To develop an informed and inquiring mind that enables each graduate to engage the fundamental issues of his or her art and to become an effective cultural leader in society.

 - And, through its community and continuing education programs, to offer the highest quality music instruction and performance opportunities for students of all ages.


Upcoming Events at Eastman School Of Music

Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Composers Concerts

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 12:30pm
Hatch Recital Hall
Rochester, NY
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Abbey Road Symposium

Friday, Sep 27, 2019
Rochester, NY
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Abbey Road Symposium

Saturday, Sep 28, 2019
Rochester, NY
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Abbey Road Symposium

Sunday, Sep 29, 2019
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Eastman Piano Series: Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 at 7:30pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Morning Chamber Music Series

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 at 11:00am
Hatch Recital Hall
Rochester, NY
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Kodak Hall Series: John Batiste

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 at 7:30pm
Kodak Hall
Rochester, NY
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Faculty Artist Series - David Liptak, Composition

Monday, Oct 7, 2019 at 7:30pm
Hatch Recital Hall
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Concert: Time for Three

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 7:30pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Concert: Kat Edmonson

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Concert: The Ying Quartet

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 at 3:00pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Tuesday Pipes

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 at 12:10pm
Christ Church
Rochester, NY
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Barbara B. Smith World Music Series – Zhou Family Band

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 at 7:30pm
Hatch Recital Hall
Rochester, NY
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Concert: The Ying Quartet

Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 at 3:00pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Concert: Voces8

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 at 7:30pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Concert: Avi Avitaland Bridget Kibbey

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 at 7:30pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Concert: Schumann Quartet

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 at 3:00pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Kodak Hall Series: Bobby McFerrin and Gimme 5 'Circlesong'

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020 at 7:30pm
Kodak Hall
Rochester, NY
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Eastman Piano Series: Joyce Yang

Friday, Mar 20, 2020 at 7:30pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Concert: Aizuri Quartet

Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 at 3:00pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Concert: American Chamber Players

Thursday, Apr 2, 2020 at 7:30pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Eastman Piano Series: Nelson Freire

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2020 at 7:30pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Barbara B. Smith World Music Series – A Moving Sound

Thursday, Apr 9, 2020 at 7:30pm
Hatch Recital Hall
Rochester, NY
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Concert: The Ying Quartet

Sunday, Apr 19, 2020 at 3:00pm
Kilbourn Hall
Rochester, NY
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Recent News

Alumna Maria Newman Returning to Eastman for Residency

ROCHESTER, NY —Maria Newman (BM ‘84), award-winning composer, violinist, violist, and pianist,will be in residence at the Eastman School of Music fromSeptember7 through 13, 2019,sharing her musical talents and experiences with the…

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Eastman School of Music Announces New Faculty Members

Eastman School of Music is proud to announce several new full-time and visiting faculty appointments for the 2019-2020 academic year:Lisa Caravan, Assistant Professor of Music EducationLisa Crawford, Professor of HarpsichordAndrew Harley, Associate…

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Rochester International Jazz Festival / Eastman School of Music Scholarship Announced

Roy Marshall has been named this year’s recipient of the Rochester International Jazz Festival/Eastman School of Music (RIJF/ESM) Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarship.The scholarship program is sponsored by RIJF producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona…

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Eastman Opera Theatre 2019-2020 Season Announced

Eastman Opera Theatre is thrilled to announce its 2019-2020 season, including Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis), music by Viktor Ullmann with lyrics by Peter Kien; Mahagonny Songspiel, music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Bertolt…

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Eastman School of Music Announces FULL 2019-2020 Eastman Presents Season

The Eastman School of Music is pleased to announce the FULL details of the 2019-2020 Eastman Presents Season. Concerts in the each of the five series feature some of the world’s greatest artists performing in the three jewels at the Eastman…

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Eastman School of Music Announces Minehan Family Professorship

Highly accomplished researcher and music theorist Elizabeth (Betsy) West Marvin,’81E (MA), ’89E (PhD) has been named the inaugural recipient of the Minehan Family Professorship at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of…

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Arts In The Loop Symposium: Explores Energizing Rochester ThroughThe Arts

How have leaders in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Nashville leveraged their arts and creative assets to revitalize their cities, and how can this be relevant to Rochester? A two-day symposium gives the Rochester community the opportunity to…

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Eastman School of Music and League of American Orchestras Co-Produce New Pilot Program

The Eastman School of Music and the League of American Orchestras will collaborate on a one-year pilot program to co-produce and launch a new category of the Eastman Case Studies focused on orchestra management. Highlighting League member…

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Eastman School of Music Presents: A Concert in Honor of Dr. Jean M. Barr’s Retirement

Dr. Jean M. Barr, Professor of Accompanying and Chamber Music and the Director of the Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music Degree Program at Eastman School of Music is retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Eastman is proud to present an…

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The Faculty Artist Series Presents: Cheng-Chow Trio

Rochester, NY -- The Faculty Artist Series presents The Cheng-Chow Trio in Kilbourn Hall. The program consists of works by Milhaud, Debussy, Ravel, Cop-land, Gershwin, and Bernstein. The Cheng-Chow Trio is a trio of pianists: identical twin…

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The Faculty Artist Series Presents: Eastman Virtuosi

Rochester, NY -- The Faculty Artist Series presents Eastman Virtuosi in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. This performance features Eastman faculty members Richard Killmer, oboe, Kenneth Grant, clarinet, George Sakakeeny, bassoon, Peter…

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The Faculty Artist Series Presents: Mikhail Kopelman, Violin

Rochester, NY -- The Faculty Artist Series presents Eastman Professor of Violin Mikhail Kopelman at the Eastman School of Music in Kilbourn Hall. The program consists Smetana’s From the Homeland, Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello,…

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The Faculty Artist Series Presents: Guy Johnston, cello, and Chiao-Wen Cheng, pi-ano

Rochester, NY -- The Eastman School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents Guy Johnston, Associate Professor of Celloand Chiao-Wen Cheng, Assistant Professor of Ac-companying, in Kilbourn Hall. The program consists of Beethoven’s…

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Eastman Jazz Studies Department Puts out 5th Annual Recording

Capturing a definitive performance of one’s work can be a challenging task for even the most seasoned professional musicians. But for the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media department (JCM) at the Eastman School of Music, the recording…

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Eastman Opera Theatre: When Don Juan Meets the MeToo Movement

When Don Juan Meets the #MeToo Movement Eastman Opera Theatre’s (EOT) upcoming performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni will be presented April 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2019 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Don Giovanni first premiered at the…

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Eastman Brings Four Top US Violin Professors for Master Class Series

Rochester, Ny - On the heels of famed violinist Leila Josefowicz gracing Eastman’s stage this fall, comes a series of Violin Masterclasses, bringing four of the top violin professors in the United States to the Eastman School of Music. These…

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Eastman Alumni Win Four Grammy Awards

Four Eastman School of Music alumni, Steve Gadd, Rob Paterson, Karim Sulayman, and D.J Sparr were winners in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s 61st GRAMMY Awards, Sunday February 10.Steve Gadd (BM68) won the Best…

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Eastman Grant Programs Help Musicians Tell Their Stories

Providing support for innovative musical projects, professional development, impactful research, entrepreneurial projects, and valuable internships is more than just boosting the careers of talented Eastman students and alumni. “These…

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Eastman School of Music Alumni and Faculty Receive Grammy Nominations

Several graduates and a faculty memberof the Eastman School of Music have received nominations in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s 61st GRAMMY Awards:- Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Steve Gadd (BM68), The…

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Eastman Community Music School Celebrates Annual 'Winterfest'

Rochester, NY — Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) will host its annual ‘Winterfest” Saturday, December 15 at the Eastman School of Music in several concert halls and classrooms across the campus. Each year since 1998, the…

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Eastman Jazz Ensemble Brings Grammy-Award Winning Danilo Pérez

Grammy-award winning jazz pianist Danilo Pérez will be a visiting guest artist at the Eastman School of Music this month. He will perform alongside the Eastman Jazz Ensemble on their concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 29, in Kilbourn…

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Composer Charles Wuorinen at Eastman for Residency and 80th Birthday Celebration

Eastman welcomes one of the world’s leading composer’s, Charles Wuorinen, as this year’s Howard Hanson Visiting Professor of Composition. Wuorinen will be in residency at Eastman November 12 through 16. His visit will culminate in…

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Tyzik CD featuring Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Faculty Member Soloists

Rochester, Ny - Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik has released a new CD, featuring The Eastman Wind Ensemble, Mark Scatterday, conductor, with Eastman faculty members Michael Burritt and Charles Ross featured as soloists. Images: Music of Jeff Tyzik…

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Historic Commitments to the Eastman School of Music

Two members of the University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees—Cathy Minehan ’68 and Danny Wegman—this week announced gifts totaling $10 million to support faculty and students at the Eastman School of Music. “Since…

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Eastman School of Music Announces Donald and Polly Hunsberger Endowed Conducting Scholarship

Donald Hunsberger (BM54’E, MM59’E, DMA63’E), Conductor Emeritus of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and his wife, Marjorie (Polly) (‘58E, MM’60’E) have made a generous gift to establish the Donald and Polly Hunsberger…

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EROI Festival 2018

The Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival with the theme of Beyond the Stops: Finding the Organ’s Voices.Featuring concerts and lectures by renowned artists and organ builders from around the world (including Sweden, Germany,…

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Eastman Celebration of Messinger Hall Renovation and Dedication

Celebration of Messinger Hall Renovation and Dedication of the Karen Rettner Community Music Center Rochester, NY — The Eastman Community Music School celebrated the completion of the renovation of Messinger Hall with a grand reopening and…

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ROC Music Hires New Director: Dr. Armand Hall

Rochester, NY -- ROCmusic, a collaborative and innovative arts-outreach program that engages children and their families in the experience of making and appreciating classical music, has hired Dr. Armand Hall as its new Director, as of September 10.…

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Eastman School of Music Announces Voice and Opera Professorship

Highly accomplished mezzo-soprano Katherine Ciesinski has been named the inaugural recipient of the Martin E. and Corazon D. Sanders Professorship at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.  This endowed professorship…

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Organ Historical Society: July 29, 2018 - August 3, 2018 Chaired by Eastman Connections

The National Convention of the Organ Historical Society (OHS) will take place in Rochester this summe, from July 29–August 3. Co-chaired by Eastman Professor of Organ Nathan Laube (Keynote Speaker for Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative -EROI)…

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Eastman School Of Music Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarship Announced

Grant Le has been named this year’s recipient of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival/Eastman School of Music (XRIJF/ESM) Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarship.The scholarship program is sponsored by XRIJF producers John Nugent and Marc…

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Eastman Musicians Shine Throughout 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Eastman School of Music musicians — current students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as students and faculty from the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) — will be appearing throughout the 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz…

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Eastman Opera Theatre Announces its 2018-19 Season

Eastman Opera Theatre is thrilled to announce its 2018-2019 season, including the east coast premiere of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Jean-Claude Van Itallie; Orfeo ed Euridice, music by Christoph Willibald…

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Eastman School of Music Announces New Organ Scholarship Fund

The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music recently announced a new scholarship: The Nathan J. Laube Organ Scholarship will support undergraduate and graduate organ majors in the Department of Organ, Sacred Music, & Historical…

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Eastman Wins DownBeat Awards

The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble under Dave Rivello and Eastman School of Music students Theresa Chen, George Darrah, Jonathan Fagan and Jon Rarick (students of Bill Dobbins, Harold Danko, and Dave Rivello) have received DownBeat honors in the…

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Eastman School of Music Announces its 2018 - 2019 Performance Series Season

The Eastman School of Music is thrilled to announce the details of its 18/19 Eastman Performance Series. Concerts in the each of the series feature some of the world’s greatest artists performing in the acoustic and historic splendor of Kodak…

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Eastman Partners with Music Conservatory in Freiburg, Germany for May Concert

Rochester, NY - For several years, Eastman has had a partnership with the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and it’s recently been re-energized. As part of a two-year grant from the German government to support collaborations between…

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Timothy Long Appointed Eastman School of Music Faculty as Music Director of Opera

Timothy Long has been appointed to the Faculty of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester as Associate Professor of Opera and Music Director of Eastman Opera Theatre beginning in the fall of 2018. Long was named by Robert Spano to…

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Rochester Cello Society and Eastman School of Music Presents PaulKatz

The Rochester Cello Society, in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music, brings famed cellist, and former Eastman faculty member, Paul Katz for a master class on Saturday, March 24, from 3:30 to 6:30p.m., in Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman…

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Rachel Roberts to Direct Music Leadership Degree Program at the Eastman School of Music

Rachel Roberts has been appointed to the faculty of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester as the inaugural director of its new Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree program. Roberts, who has been the Director of the…

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Eastman Celebrates the 95th Birthday Year of Composer and Pianist, George T. Walker

The Eastman School of Music is proud to celebrate the 95th birthday year of composer and pianist George Theophilus Walker in a special alumnus recital in Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman, followed by a champagne toast and reception in Wolk Atrium for…

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Jazz Saxophonist James Carter Performs with The Eastman Wind Ensemble for February 5, 2018

ROCHESTER, NY —The Eastman Wind Ensemble (EWE) will perform with jazz saxophonist James Carter onMonday, February 5at 8p.m., in Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music.The program includes: Roberto Sierra’s Saxophone Concerto,…

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Gateways Music Festival Awarded $300,000 Grant from The Andrew W.Mellon Foundation

Gateways Music Festival, in association with the Eastman School of Music, has been awarded a $300,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Gateways, whose mission is to connect and support professional classical musicians of African…

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Eastman Presents: O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor; Special Guest Chris Wilson

Eastman Presentsthe Grammy Award-winning O’Connor Band, featuring fiddler and composer Mark O’Connor, and special guest Rochester native Chris Wilson, performing in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.  Featuring iconic fiddler and…

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Eastman School of Music Alumni Receive Grammy Nominations

Several graduatesof the Eastman School of Music have received nominations in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s 60th GRAMMY Awards:- In Category 62, Best Instrumental Composition: features two Alum as part of the…

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Annual Meeting of American Musicological Society to Feature Programs at the Eastman School of Music

Rochester, NY -- The annual meeting of the American Musicological Society will take place at the Riverside Convention Center and the Rochester Riverside and Hyatt Hotels, 9-12 November 2017. Many events and performances will be held at the Eastman…

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Honorary Doctorates to be Awarded to Chick Corea and Steve Gadd by the Eastman School of Music

ROCHESTER, NY – The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music will award Honorary Doctor of Music degrees to renowned drummer Steve Gadd (BM ’68) and to legendary jazz keyboardist and composer Chick Corea.  The awards…

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New Special Student Discount Program for Eastman Presents Performances

Eastman’s series of performances are now more accessible than ever to students who wish to experience some of the world’s great music. For only $10, students with valid school ID’s can enjoy concerts featuring symphony orchestras,…

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Eastman Student Chosen as First Artist in Residence at Valley Manor

Providing a musical environment for seniors while offering an affordable living arrangement for a music student is the concept for a new program being offered at Valley Manor, an independent living community part of Episcopal SeniorLife…

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Renowned Composer and Eastman Alumnus Jeff Beal Wins Fifth Emmy Award

ROCHESTER, NY – Renowned television and film composer and Eastman School of Music alumnus Jeff Beal has notched his fifth Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score), for Chapter 63 of the Netflix…

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Third Thursday Concert - Music In Secret

Third Thursday Concerts at the Memorial Art Gallery are special one-hour programs featuring Eastman’s spectacular Italian Baroque Organ. Concerts begin at 7:30 PM in the Fountain Court and are free with MAG admission.  Seating is…

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Eastman Jazz Sextet Bound for Tokyo Jazz Festival

Rochester, NY - For the first time, the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music Jazz department will have an ensemble travel to Japan to perform at the Annual Tokyo Jazz Festival. The Eastman Jazz Sextet, led by Professor of Jazz,…

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Michael Stefiuk Appointed Director Of Concert Activities

Michael Stefiuk, an experienced leader in the orchestral field, has been named the Director of Concert Activities at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester.  He will direct all aspects of the Eastman School of Music’s…

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Five Students Awarded Xerox Rochester Intl. Jazz Festival and Eastman Scholarships

Five students have been named this year’s recipients of the Rochester International Jazz Festival/Eastman School of Music (RIJF/ESM) Jazz Scholarship. The students hail from Maine, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.The scholarship program…

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Eastman School Students Awarded Gold Medal in National Chamber Music Competition

The Fuego Quartet, a saxophone quartet composed of graduate students from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, was awarded a Gold Medal in the 44th annual Fischoff Competition. Sponsored by the Fischoff National Chamber Music…

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Composer Owen Broder Selected as Inaugural Eastman

Rochester, NY — The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and ArtistShare® have announced that Eastman alumnus, saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Owen Broder, has been selected as the first Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist. Broder’s…

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Eastman Musicians Win DownBeat Student Awards

The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble under Dave Rivello and Eastman School of Music students Theresa Chen, George Darrah, and Jon Rarick have received DownBeat honors in the magazine’s 40th annual Student Awards competition.The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble…

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College Band Directors Honor Donald Hunsberger for Lifetime Achievement

Donald Hunsberger, Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Ensembles at the Eastman School of Music, has received the College Band Directors National Association’s (CBDNA) Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also Conductor Emeritus of the Eastman Wind…

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Composer Mark Watters to Lead Beal Institute at Eastman School of Music

ROCHESTER, N.Y — Emmy Award-winning composer and conductor Mark Watters, whose vast resume includes music for motion pictures, television, DVD, video games, and special events such as the Olympics, has been named the inaugural director of the Beal…

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Eastman Grant Programs Help Students, Alumni Realize Their Dreams

ROCHESTER, N.Y — Providing support for innovative musical projects, opportunities for professional development, and entrepreneurial ideas has taken a leap forward at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. Two new grant programs…

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Eastman Opera Theatre Announces New Season

A 17th-century work that helped set the blueprint for future operas, a late 20th-century dance opera, a 21st-century musical that brought classical music elements back to Broadway – three distinct works headline Eastman Opera Theatre’s 2017-2018…

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Violist Masumi Per Rostad to Join Faculty of Eastman School of Music

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester has announced the appointment of Masumi Per Rostad, a violist who has forged a career both as a soloist and as a member of the Pacifica Quartet, to the faculty in the…

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Lotte Lenya Competition Finals Showcase Exceptional International Musical Theater Talents

Fourteen versatile singer-actors from Israel, France, Mexico, Canada, and across the United States are coming to the Eastman School of Music to compete in the finals of the 2017 Lotte Lenya Competition on Saturday, April 22.  The contestants will…

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Petar Kodzas Named Associate Dean of the Eastman Community Music School

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Petar Kodzas has been named Associate Dean of the Eastman Community Music School, it was announced today by Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. In this capacity Kodzas, who has served in…

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Eastman Wind Ensemble Releases CD of Works by Noted Composer Robert Sierra

The Eastman School of Music’s Eastman Wind Ensemble has released a new CD that features works by Puerto Rico’s best-known composer, five-time Grammy nominee Roberto Sierra.Titled Sierra Live: Music by Roberto Sierra, the recording has earned…

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Eastman School of Music and ArtistShare Join Forces to Promote Student and Alumni Careers

Students and recent alumni of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music will now have an opportunity to join a very special family of professional artists.Eastman and ArtistShare have announced an exclusive partnership to recognize and…

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Alexander Kobrin, Alan Chow, and Gary Versace to Join Eastman School of Music Faculty

Kobrin has won top prizes in international piano competitions, including the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Busoni and Scottish competitions, and Top Prize at the…

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Warfield Scholarship 40th Anniversary Concert Features Mezzo-Soprano Alicia Rosser and Baritone Lawrence Craig

Since it was founded in 1977, the William Warfield Scholarship Fund has provided financial aid to more than 35 students at the Eastman School of Music, and spotlighted talented recipients in an annual benefit concert. The 40th anniversary concert of…

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Eastman Community Music School Celebrates Holidays with Winterfest

Students and ensembles of all ages at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) will be showcased during the School’s annual celebration of the winter season on Saturday, December 17.A daylong music extravaganza, Winterfest features concurrent…

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Eastman School of Music Receives $2.5 Million in Leadership Support

George W. Hamlin, IV, chair of Eastman’s Board of Managers, and his wife, Mary, have made a $2.5 millioncommitment to the Eastman School of Music. As longtime friends of Eastman, the Hamlins have provided faculty and student support by creating…

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Eastman Audio Research Studio Charts New Territories for Experimental Electronic Music at Eastman School of Music

Building on the foundation of the computer music center founded at Eastman School of Music in 1981 by Allan Schindler, the Eastman Audio Research Studio (EARS) is defining a new vision for the teaching and creation of electronic music. Spatial…

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Interaction Between Organ and Voice is Topic of 2016 EROI Festival

Public concerts highlight historic instruments located across Rochester areaLeading organists and musicologists from around the world will come to the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music this fall for the 2016 EROI (Eastman Rochester…

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Musical Arts Leaders Discuss Creativity, Leadership, and Vibrancy

ROCHESTER, N.Y —Representatives from some of the most renowned and successful artist-led contemporary ensembles will discuss using creativity, leadership, and vibrancy to enhance professional development during a one-day conference presented by…

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Eastman School of Music Launches ‘The Eastman Case Studies’

Faced with shifting demographics and financial stressors, musical arts leaders around the world can now tap a comprehensive resource to address the challenges of a changing arts landscape. The Eastman Case Studies, the first series of case studies…

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Chorus America Honors Musicologist Michael Alan Anderson for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Work

Michael Alan Anderson, associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music, has received Chorus America’s 2016 Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal. The national award is presented to emerging choral…

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2016 Summer Concerts At Eastman School Of Music

2016 Summer Concert Schedule:Sunday, June 5:Going for Baroque: Mini-recital on the Italian Baroque Organ1 p.m.Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.Included in Gallery admissionGoing for Baroque: Mini-recital on the Italian Baroque Organ3…

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Music in the American Wild Celebrates National Park Service Centennial

Specially commissioned works to be performed at grand natural venues Imagine hearing the sounds of classical music reverberating through the chambers of Mammoth Caves or echoing across the Cascade Mountains. This summer, an ensemble of Eastman…

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Eastman School of Music Launches Its First Coursera Course: The Blues: Understanding an American Art Form

Rochester, NY -- The Eastman School of Music is pleased to announce the launch of “The Blues: Understanding an American Art Form,” a free course on the learning platform Coursera, presented by Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and pianist…

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Eastman Alums and Faculty Wins Grammy Award

Eastman School of Music alumni Maria Schneider and Bob Ludwig were among the winners in last night’s National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences 58th annual Grammy award ceremony, along with Assistant Professor of Organ Nathan Laube, who was…

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Bassist Tyrone Allen to Perform as Winner of 2016 Rochester Links Scholarship Award

The Office of Academic Affairs at the Eastman School of Music is very proud to announce that Bassist Tyrone Allen has been awarded the 2016-17 Links Scholarship.  The award, a cooperative effort between the Rochester, New York Chapter of The Links,…

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Eastman School of Music Hosts Finals of Lotte Lenya Competition

The final round of the Lotte Lenya Competition takes place at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Fifteen young singer-actors have been named as finalists for the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition, including two Eastman…

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Eastman Opera Theatre Presents Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro

Rochester, NY -  Eastman Opera Theatre is pleased to announce the return of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (“The Marriage of Figaro”) to Eastman Theatre’s Kodak Hall stage in April.  Considered as the first major opera masterpiece and a…

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Eastman Students Bring Classical Music to Children, Adults Throughout Greater Rochester

Over the next few weeks, Eastman School of Music students will be reaching out into the community with classical music, presenting interactive concerts in schools, libraries, churches,  and other locations. The events are part of the School’s…

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Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director JoAnn Falletta to Speak at the Eastman School of Music

Rochester, NY -- JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, who has been hailed as “...one of the finest conductors of her generation” by the New York Times, will be visiting the Eastman School of Music to present a…

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Eastman Faculty and Alumni Win 2016 GRAMMY Awards

Eastman School of Music alumni Maria Schneider and Bob Ludwig were among the winners in last night’s National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences 58th annual Grammy award ceremony, along with Assistant Professor of Organ Nathan Laube, who was…

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Legendary Jazz Composer and Arranger Bill Holman to Visit the Eastman School of Music

ROCHESTER, NY---NEA Jazz Master Bill Holman will visit the Eastman School of Music to offer workshops and performances with students. Holman is renowned as a composer, arranger, and saxophonist, and received one of the highest honors in music in…

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Italian Virtuosi Present Organ and Viola da Gamba Concert at the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery plus Masterclass at Christ Church

The ‘Third Thursday with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery’s concert series will present a lecture and concert program featuring Nancy Norwood, Curator of European Art at the MAG, and renowned musicians Vittorio…

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Mezzo-Soprano Alicia Rosser Performs in William Warfield A Legacy in Music

Annual concert celebrates legacy of William Warfield, benefits scholarship fund   “William Warfield: A Legacy in Music,” the annual concert supporting the William Warfield Scholarship Fund and spotlighting its talented recipients, will feature…

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Eastman School of Music Graduate Named Member of the British Empire

Catherine Jane Arlidge, a U.K. national who received her Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in 1988, has been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE). The MBE is one of the ranks in the Orders of the British Empire, which…

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Eastman Community Music School Winterfest Celebrates the Holidays

The Eastman Community Music School will showcase the talent and musicianship of its students during its annual celebration of the winter season.An extravaganza of concurrent performances in venues across the Eastman School of Music campus,…

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Japanese Composer Jo Kondo In-Residence at Eastman as Howard Hanson Visiting Professor

Public events will include world premieres, film screening, master class, and symposiumRochester, NY -- Jo Kondo, one of Japan’s most distinguished composers and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, will be in-residence…

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Ensembles Receive Project Support from Paul R. Judy Center

ROCHESTER, N.Y--- A multidisciplinary Romeo & Juliet production that will be simultaneously broadcast to an outdoor audience, a program that engages the community in the creation and production of new music, and research on how alternative…

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Allen Ginsberg’s Beat Poetry, Philip Glass’s Hypnotic Music Create a Portrait of Social Revolution

Rochester, NY -- The seismic shifts in America’s cultural and political landscapes are reflected in words and music in Hydrogen Jukebox, a music theatre piece that will be presented by Eastman Opera Theatre November 5 through 8 in the Eastman…

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Jeff and Joan Beal Commit $2 Million to Eastman School of Music

Gift will create the Beal Institute to prepare students for film and contemporary media music creation ROCHESTER, NY---A $2 million commitment from Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal and vocalist Joan Beal will launch the Beal Institute for Film Music…

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International Violinist, Teacher Lynn Blakeslee Dies

Violinist Lynn Blakeslee, Professor Emerita at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, died Monday, Aug. 10, while teaching at a chamber music festival and violin workshop at Schloss Raabs in Austria. Having played a concert at…

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Eastman School of Music Faculty Artists Featured in Recitals Throughout the Year

The Eastman School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series, supported by Patricia Ward-Baker, kicks off the 2015-2016 season with five straight days of recitals beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1. Held in the School’s acoustically superb Hatch Recital and…

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17-Year-Old Virtuoso from Silver Spring, Maryland, Wins Tops Prize in Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition

Rochester, NY - Brian Le, 17, of Silver Spring, Md,, was awarded first prize in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition Saturday, July 18, following a stellar performance of the first movement Allegro maestoso of Chopin’s…

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Top Young Pianists From Around the Globe Will Compete at Eastman School of Music

Final round features five competitors in performance with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Neil Varon Twenty-four of the world’s top teen-aged pianists will vie for prizes in the Eastman Young Artists International Piano…

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Heading for New Music Festivals, Eastman BroadBand Bids ‘Arrivederci’ and ‘Adios’

Eastman BroadBand continues to raise its international profile with residencies at music festivals in Italy and Spain this summer. The ensemble, based at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, has performed in Mexico, Italy,…

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Tribute Concert Scheduled for Opera Performer, Concert Soloist Derrick Smith

A memorial tribute concert celebrating the life of baritone Derrick Smith will be held in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Smith, whose career included opera roles such as Porgy, Crown, and Jake in Porgy and Bess as well as…

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Eastman Presents Concert Series Concludes Successful Inaugural Season

More than 8,000 patrons attended concerts in the inaugural season of the Eastman School of Music’s Eastman Presents series, enjoying the talents of guest artists ranging from Broadway stars Jason Alexander and Bernadette Peters to the Vienna…

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Ying Quartet Welcomes Robin Scott as First Violinist

Rochester, NY -- Robin Scott, an award-winning musician described as one of America’s rising stars on the classical music stage, is joining the Ying Quartet as the Grammy-winning ensemble’s first violinist. As the quartet’s newest member, he…

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Internationally Acclaimed Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and Renowned Master Teacher Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff Appointed to Voice Faculty at Eastman School of Music

Rochester, NY - Grammy-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, whose signature roles include Peter Grimes, and lyric baritone Jonathan Retzlaff, associate professor of voice at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, have been appointed to…

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Cello Joins Organ in Concert at Memorial Art Gallery

The Third Thursday Concert with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ series will feature “Organ and Cello” at the Memorial Art Gallery.Students from the Eastman School of Music will present works by Bach, Frescobaldi, Gabrielli, Geminiani,…

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Pianist Leonard O. Hayes Performs Links Scholarship Concert

Pianist Leonard Otis Hayes, this year’s recipient of the annual scholarship awarded by the Rochester, New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, to an Eastman School of Music student, will present a recital in Kilbourn Hall. The award, a…

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Emmy-Winning Composer Jeff Beal Headlines Evening of Film and Film Music

Composer will be in-residence at Eastman School of Music with vocalist Joan Beal Jeff Beal, one of the most prolific and respected composers for film, television, and the concert hall, returns to his alma mater in April and will headline a concert…

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Eastman School of Music Announces Ranlet and Kilbourn Concert Series Line-Ups for 2015-2016

Grammy-nominated percussionist and Eastman School of Music graduate John Hollenbeck, the Juilliard and Jerusalem Quartets, and the rising young stars of the Metropolitan Opera are among the artists headlining the Eastman-Ranlet and Kilbourn Concert…

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Eastman School of Music Hosts International Lotte Lenya Competition

Fourteen exceptionally talented young singer-actors from the United States and Europe will compete for the top prize in the finals of the 2015 Lotte Lenya competition, which will be held at the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall on Saturday,…

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Former Eastman School of Music Director Robert Freeman Honored for his Contributions

The Eastman School of Music will honor former director Robert Freeman for his long-time service to the school and to the Rochester community by naming the atrium of its Sibley Music Library in his honor. During the dedication ceremony, which will…

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Opera Version of Classic American Play ‘Our Town’ Presented at Eastman School of Music

Ned Rorem’s opera treatment of Our Town, the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder, will be presented by Eastman Opera Theatre April 9 through 12 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The production is the first in upstate New York…

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Eastman School of Music Appoints James C. Doser as Director of its Institute for Music Leadership

Rochester, NY -- James C. Doser, an award-winning educator and administrator, musician, and businessman, has been named Director of the Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership.  He will be responsible for overseeing all Institute…

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Eastman Jazz Ensemble Plays the Big Apple

The Eastman Jazz Ensemble is going on the road to New York City in March to give three performances in two days, including appearances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center series. In celebration of the 100th anniversary…

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German Composer, Pianist Moritz Eggert Will Give Public Recitals While In-Residence at Eastman School of Music

Moritz Eggert, an adventurous German composer and pianist whose works range from chamber music to the 2006 FIFA World Cup theme, is this year’s Howard Hanson Visiting Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music.While he’s…

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Eastman School of Music Hosts Pianist Peter Serkin in Concert with Philharmonia

Distinguished American pianist and classical music legend Peter Serkin will perform with the Eastman School of Music’s Philharmonia orchestra under conductor Neil Varon. Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, Serkin is one of the most…

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Organ Concert by Eastman School of Music Faculty Celebrates University of Rochester Press, New Book on Mendelssohn

Audiences will have the rare opportunity to hear the entire Eastman School of Music organ department faculty perform during a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the University of Rochester Press and publication of a book…

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Concert of Works by Brahms, Chopin, and Dvorak Benefits Rochester’s Foodlink

Faculty, students from Eastman School of Music will perform the benefit concert “If Music Be the Food…”, the concert series benefiting Rochester’s  Foodlink, will continue its sixth season of music programs. The concert will both open and…

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Evening of Music to Honor Rochester’s Sister City of Veliky Novgorod, Russia

The Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) and Linkages of Rochester, Inc., will celebrate the connections between Rochester and Rochester’s Sister City of Veliky Novgorod with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in Kilbourn Hall. Held on the…

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Italian Baroque Organ Concert Series Presents ‘The Christmas Story’

Eastman School of Music singers and baroque instrumentalists will present Heinrich Schütz’s The Christmas Story (Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi) as part of the Third Thursday Concert with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ series at the Memorial…

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Budding Musicians Can Try, Play, and Listen During Eastman Community Music School’s Violin Celebration

Future violinists have a chance to learn about and try the most prominent instrument in the orchestra when the Eastman Community Music School celebrates Violin Day on Saturday, December 13, 2014 Adults and children can enjoy recitals, watch…

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Famed Vienna Boys Choir to Perform Holiday Concert

The Vienna Boys Choir, whose soaring voices and enchanting performances sell out concert halls around the world, presents a “Christmas from Vienna” concert. Renowned for what the New York Times has described as “the gorgeousness of the…

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Eastman Opera Theatre Presents ‘Albert Herring’

A young man comes of age under the scrutiny of a small British town Eastman Opera Theatre brings Albert Herring, a comedic opera about a young British man who sets out to relinquish his purity, to the Kilbourn Hall stage for four performances. The…

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Opera Music, Comic Book Art Tell Story of Salomé’s Dance

Special adaptation is part of project on shifting portrayals of young biblical figure To most of us, Salomé is a salacious symbol of sexual excess. But that wasn’t always the case. A striking new production combines the illustrations of famed…

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Eastman School of Music Hosts Music College Fair

The Eastman School of Music, in conjunction with Ithaca College and The Juilliard School, is presenting the 9th annual Music College Fair in Upstate New York at Eastman. High school and college students who are interested in music will have the…

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Organist Nathan Laube Performs a ‘Cosmopolitan Concert’ at the Memorial Art Gallery

Concert organist and Eastman School of Music faculty member Nathan Laube will present “Rochester's Italian Baroque Organ, A Musical Cosmopolite” in the Fountain Court at the Memorial Art Gallery. Featuring works by Cabanilles, Frescobaldi,…

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Guitarist Gabriel Condon Wins Jazz Performance Honors in National Competition

Gabriel Condon, a master’s degree student at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, was awarded first place in the jazz category of the 2014 Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival. Sponsored by the Sharon Lynne Wilson…

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New Interactive Online Course Brings Music Theory Home for Students

High school students interested in enhancing their music studies can ramp up their knowledge of music theory through a new interactive online video course offered by the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. Developed and taught by…

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Eastman Faculty Recitals Give Audiences Chance to Hear Renowned Artists on Local Stages

The Eastman School of Music’s annual Faculty Artist Series, supported by Patricia Ward-Baker, starts in September and features performances of every kind, from violin to tuba to jazz piano. The recitals give local music lovers the chance to hear…

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Noted Music Educator, Researcher Donald J. Shetler Dies

Donald J. Shetler, professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester and a bold pioneer in the field of music education, died Saturday, May 31, in Mount Pleasant, S.C. He was 87 years old. Known internationally for…

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Eastman School of Music Announces New Concert Season and New Series with Performers Jason Alexander, Bernadette Peters, More

A wide variety of renowned guest artists, ranging from musical theater and television stars Jason Alexander and Bernadette Peters to the classical music world’s Emerson and Dover String Quartets, will appear on Eastman School of Music stages…

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New Horizons Bands Perform Spring Concert in Kodak Hall

The Eastman Community Music School’s New Horizons Concert and Symphonic Bands will present a free spring concert in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The 90-minute program will feature Broadway tunes, marches, and popular songs. Works performed by…

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Eastman Musicians Honor Holocaust Victims with Remembrance Day Concert

Works by Jewish composers who died in or survived the atrocities of World War II will be performed by Eastman School of Music faculty and students in a concert to mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)  Titled “A Time to Remember . . .”,…

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New Jazz Theory Book Designed for Student, Amateur, and Professional Musicians

Work by Eastman School of Music’s Dariusz Terefenko includes website, workbook, play-along DVD Dariusz Terefenko, associate professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, has published…

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Rochester New York Chapter, the Links, Incorporated Presents Violinist Carmen Lavada Johnson-Pájaro in Concert

Eastman School of Music Sophomore Performs Recital as Recipient of Annual Scholarship Violinist Carmen Lavada Johnson-Pájaro, this year’s recipient of the annual scholarship awarded by the Rochester, New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, to…

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Concert Features Short Films with Original Music by Eastman Musicians

A concert program of animated short films with music written and performed by Eastman School of Music students and faculty will be presented. “Im-Pulse Image Percussion” features the Eastman Percussion Ensemble and Professor of Percussion…

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Singer-Actors Compete in Finals of Lotte Lenya Competition

Two Eastman School of Music graduates, Natalie Ballenger and Diana Rose Becker, are among the 14 singer-actors in the finals of the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition. They will compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000, and $7,500 in front of judges…

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Sir James Galway to Receive Honorary Degree at ‘From the Top’ Taping

World-renowned flutist Sir James Galway will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Music by the University of Rochester when he performs on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. The series was brought to Rochester by WXXI and the…

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Eastman Saxophonists Will Perform, Compete at National Conference

Eastman School of Music saxophonists will be performing both as invited guest artists and as competition participants at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Eastman…

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Eastman School of Music, Kairos Italy Theater Collaborate on Tribute to Writer Italo Calvino

Program features new compositions inspired by famed author, and staged scenes from his fantasy novel The works of Italo Calvino, one of the most important Italian writers of the 20th century, are the inspiration for a collaborative…

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Eastman Opera Theatre Presents ‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’

Poulenc’s opera about doomed nuns during the French Revolution is considered a 20th-century masterpiece Dialogues of the Carmelites, a lushly melodic opera with a dramatic story inspired by real events, will receive four performances by Eastman…

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Vocal Accompanist Graham Johnson To Give Master Classes at Eastman

Graham Johnson, one of the world’s leading vocal accompanists and song scholars, will be in residence at the Eastman School of Music. His schedule will include master classes for singers and pianists on art song in various languages as well as a…

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon is Composer-in-Residence for Women in Music Festival’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Annual event features concerts, master classes, and lectures that are free and open to the public Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon, one of America’s most frequently performed composers and a major figure in contemporary classical music,…

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Itzhak Perlman to Receive Honorary Degree at Upcoming Concert

Violinist Itzhak Perlman will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Music by the University of Rochester when he performs in a sold-out concert with the Eastman School of Music’s Philharmonia under conductor Neil Varon this Saturday. University…

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Concert Pays Tribute to the Work of African-American Composers

“Jubilee! A Celebration of African-American Composers”, a concert at the Eastman School of Music in honor of Black History Month.The program will feature the works of such composers as Eastman graduate and Pulitzer Prize winner George Walker…

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Eastman’s Third Thursday Concert at Memorial Art Gallery Features Publick Musick and Brian Shaw, Baroque Trumpet

Publick Musick and trumpet player Brian Shaw will headline the next Third Thursday Concert on the Eastman School of Music’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery.Shaw is associate professor of trumpet and jazz studies at  Louisiana…

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Trombonist Larry Zalkind to Join Eastman School of Music Faculty

Utah Symphony principal trombone will be associate professor beginning next academic year Larry Zalkind, principal trombone for the Utah Symphony, has been appointed Associate Professor of Trombone at the Eastman School of Music beginning in the…

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Acclaimed Accompanist Roger Vignoles Gives Master Classes at Eastman

oger Vignoles, internationally recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians, will present two master classes at the Eastman School of Music. Both are free and open to the public and will feature art song…

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Five Eastman School of Music Graduates Receive Grammy Awards

Mastering engineer Bob Ludwig wins four Grammys, including Record and Album of the YearEastman School of Music graduates Bob Ludwig, Maria Schneider, Martha Cluver and Eric Dudley won awards in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards competition Sunday night,…

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Guest Recital Features Collaborative Presentation of Acclaimed Work Comala

Comala, a cantata which earned composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon designation as a Pulitzer Prize in Music finalist in 2011, will receive a special presentation. Eastman BroadBand, the Pittsburgh-based Alia Musica new music ensemble, and Rochester’s…

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Concert Celebrates Russian-American Friendship

A concert of instrumental and vocal music by Russian composers will celebrate connections between Russia and the United States in the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall. Held on the day after Russians celebrate Christmas according to the…

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Break of Reality Returning to Eastman for Kodak Hall Performance

Break of Reality, a cello-rock band formed at Eastman School of Music in 2003, will return to its alma mater to present a concert in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The group currently consists of percussionist Ivan Trevino and cellists Patrick…

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Eastman Community Music School Students Perform in Winter FestivalDay

Eastman Community Music School Students Perform in Winter Festival Day Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) students and ensembles will be showcased in this year’s Winter Festival Day, also known as Holiday Homecoming. The daylong celebration,…

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Eastman School of Music Alumni Earn Grammy Nominations

Rochester, NY --Scott Healy, John Hollenbeck, Bob Ludwig, Maria Schneider, David Slonaker, Martha Cluver, and Eric Dudley—all graduates of the Eastman School of Music—are among the artists who received nominations in the 56th Annual Grammy…

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Eastman School of Music Faculty, Student Performers Bid Farewell to an Iconic Organ in Special Holiday Concert

Rochester audiences will have one last chance to hear the magnificent Brombaugh organ, Opus 9 in concert at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church before the organ is packed up and shipped to its new home in California. Eastman School of Music organ…

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Eastman Computer Music Center Hosts Composer Philippe Leroux for Public Concert, Symposium

Prize-winning French composer Philippe Leroux, whose work includes electronic, acousmatic, vocal, chamber, and symphonic music, will be in-residence in the Eastman School of Music. His visit, sponsored by the Eastman Computer Music Center (ECMC),…

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Eastman School of Music Hosts Violinist Itzhak Perlman

Renowned artist joins Philharmonia for concert on Kodak Hall stage Violin virtuoso and classical music icon Itzhak Perlman will perform with the Eastman School of Music’s Philharmonia orchestra under conductor Neil Varon. Beloved for his charm…

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Steven Laitz Appointed Director of Music Theory Pedagogy Center

Steven Laitz, professor of music theory at the Eastman School of Music, has been named director of the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Center for Music Theory Pedagogy. He becomes only the second director of the Center, which was founded in 1985 at the…

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Eastman Opera Theatre Presents ‘She Loves Me’

Shop employees spar while unknowingly exchanging love letters in sweet musical storyEastman Opera Theatre brings She Loves Me, an old-fashioned romantic Broadway musical, to the Kilbourn Hall stage for four performances beginning Thursday, Nov. 7.…

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Eastman Percussion Ensemble to Perform Showcase Concert at International Convention

As one of the winning ensembles of the Percussive Arts Society’s International Percussion Ensemble Competition, the Eastman Percussion Ensemble will perform a Showcase Concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In…

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Bill Holman to Join Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman New Jazz Ensemble

Legendary jazz composer and arranger Bill Holman will join the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bill Dobbins, and the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Rivello, as a guest artist on Thursday, Oct. 24. Holman will direct both groups in a…

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Alexander Peña Appointed Director of RocMusic Initiative

Alexander Peña has been appointed director of RocMusic, a music education outreach program that offers group instruction for economically disadvantaged children and teenagers from Rochester. RocMusic currently serves more than 60…

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Eastman Philharmonia and Eastman Rochester Chorus Perform Mahler’s Second Symphony

The Eastman School of Music’s Philharmonia and Eastman Rochester Chorus will perform Gustav Mahler’s astonishing Symphony No. 2, “The Resurrection,” Under conductor Neil Varon. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and will be…

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Eastman School of Music Honors the Life, Work of Zvi Zeitlin

Tribute to internationally renowned violinist includes concert, dedication of Zvi Zeitlin Studio, exhibits The Eastman School of Music will celebrate the life and work of its legendary violinist Zvi Zeitlin in Kilbourn Hall with a concert…

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Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Festival 2013

Pre-conference events:Monday, September 239:00 a.m.−1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. Christ Church, RochesterWestfield Competition First Round (free and open to the public)Tuesday, September 248:00 p.m. Cominsky Promenade, Eastman School of…

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‘Eastman at St. Michael’s’ Concert Series Kicks Off a New Season on September 22, 2013

The “Eastman at St. Michael’s” series opens its 2013-2014 season with an hour-long concert featuring soprano Yunjin Kim and pianist Evelyn Lam. On Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2:30 p.m., the two performers will present works by Mozart,…

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Eastman School of Music’s 2013 EROI Festival Celebrates Organ Music Since 1940 with William Bolcom, Anton Heiller, Masterclasses, and More

Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester presents the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival, “Spectrum of Sound: Aspects of Organ Music since 1940.” For the first time in its 12-year history, this annual…

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Pianos Give Peace a Chance

Student’s project reaches across city neighborhoods to promote nonviolence Conductor Leonard Bernstein, reacting to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, said in 1963, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music…

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New Season of Favorite Performers and New Discoveries

Guest artists for Eastman School’s concert series range from Pacifica and Ying Quartets to tenor Nicholas Phan A multitude of renowned chamber music groups and soloists will headline the Eastman School of Music’s Eastman-Ranlet and…

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Bill Evans Dance At 2013 Fringe Contemporary Dance Masterworks

with live music from Eastman School of Music Brockport, NY -- Bill Evans Dance Company will perform in the 2013 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival at Eastman School of Music New Rehearsal Hall, 433 East Main Street, Rochester.  …

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Eastman School of Music’s 2013–14 Season Highlights Include EROI and Fringe Festivals, Guest Star Performances, Operas, and More

The Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester looks forward to another full season in 2013–14. Highlights include the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival 2013 in the fall; participation in the Rochester Fringe…

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‘Eastman Summer Sings’ Series Explores Choral Masterpieces

Singers of all ages and abilities are again invited to take part in “Eastman Summer Sings,” the popular Eastman-Rochester Chorus series of choral music reading sessions.  Now marking its 19th season under director William Weinert,…

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Organ Lessons, Building Demonstrations, and Public Concerts Highlight Special Summer ‘Encounter’

More than two dozen top high school organists, representing the next generation of concert artists, church music directors, and University organists, will be in Rochester Sunday, July 14, through Friday, July 19, to participate in an intensive…

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Eastman School of Music to Inaugurate Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research

New Incubator for Alternative Ensembles Represents Next Stage in Evolution of Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership Made Possible by $1 Million Gift from Noted Philanthropist Paul R. Judy The Eastman School of Music at the…

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Bassists Playing Together at Eastman School of Music

Annual convention brings together more than 1,000 performers, students, teachers, amateurs, and professionals from around the world Hundreds of double bassists from some 30 countries will descend on Rochester in June, and audiences will be able…

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Eastman School of Music Students Take Top Prizes in National Fischoff Competition

Two ensembles of Eastman School of Music students were winners at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition: in the Senior Wind Division, Project Fusion captured the Gold Medal and $3,500 prize, while The Midic Winds were awarded the…

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Three Eastman Graduate Students Win DownBeat Awards

Jennifer Bellor, Paulo Perfeito, and Marc Schwartz of the Eastman School of Music have received DownBeat honors in the magazine’s 36th annual Student Awards competition. Schwartz was recognized in the Jazz Soloist/Graduate College…

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Concert Marks Anniversary of Guitar Program at Eastman Community Music School

The Eastman Community Music School’s Guitar Program will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a concert featuring current students and teachers as well as alumni and former faculty in Hatch Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the…

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Alumnus, Teacher, Historian Vincent Lenti will Deliver the Commencement Address at Eastman School of Music

Lenti’s comments as Commencement speaker will include reflections on his 50 years of service to Eastman This year’s graduates of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music will receive parting advice from alumnus,…

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Musicians Unite To Benefit Rochester's Foodlink

The benefit concert series “If Music Be the Food…” will conclude its fourth season with an exciting program of music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road (at East Avenue) in Rochester. This final concert of…

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Eastman Scholarship Recipient Presents Annual Rochester New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated Concert

Saxophonist Keenan McKoy, this year’s recipient of the annual scholarship awarded by the Rochester, New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, to an Eastman School of Music student, will present a recital in Kilbourn Hall. The award, a…

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Britten’s Anti-War Choral Epic is Presented on Kodak Hall Stage

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, a powerful choral masterpiece denouncing war and honoring the fallen, will be presented by the Eastman School of MusicRequiring two orchestras, two choruses, and soloists, War Requiem is a large-scale work that…

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Eastman Hosts Finals of International Lotte Lenya Competition for Rising Musical Theater Stars

Twelve finalists from four countries vie for cash prizes in 15th anniversary event Twelve exceptionally talented young singer-actors, with previous stage experience ranging from roles on Broadway to the Metropolitan Opera House, will…

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Eastman School of Music Hosts, Presents Concerts with Works by Composer Hans Abrahamsen

Hans Abrahamsen, a Danish composer whose early work reflected the “New Simplicity” reaction to avant-garde complexity, will be in residence at the Eastman School of Music in April as this year’s Howard Hanson Visiting Professor of…

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Eastman Students Bring Classical Music to Children, Adults Throughout Greater Rochester

Over the next few weeks, Eastman School of Music students will be reaching out into the community with classical music, presenting interactive concerts in schools, libraries, churches, nursing homes, hospitals, and other locations. The events are…

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Jack Quartet Returns to Alma Mater with Program of Contemporary Classical Music

Members of acclaimed quartet met, started ensemble as students at Eastman School of MusicJACK Quartet, which had its start at the Eastman School of Music and has been described in The New York Times as “luminaries of the contemporary…

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Eastman School of Music Appoints Mark Berry as Executive Director of Communications

The Eastman School of Music has announced that Mark Berry has been appointed Executive Director of Communications. In this position, he will manage all aspects of the School’s strategic communications program, including developing and…

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Eastman Opera Theatre Presents Slice of American Life in ‘Street Scene’

Composer Kurt Weill blended traditional opera and musical theatre in breakthrough work Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, which The New York Times called “the most important step towards significantly American opera” when it premiered…

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Women in Music Festival: Ensemble Twenty 21 - Cancellation

Thursday, March 28 - This Concert Has Been CancelledWomen in Music Festival: ensemble.TWENTY.21. Abra Bush, soprano. Music of Joan Tower, Melinda Wagner, and Sun Mi Ro.Time: 7 p.m.Location: Hochstein School of Music and Dance Performance Hall, 50…

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Pianist Jeremy Denk Is Guest Artist in Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall

Acclaimed and in-demand pianist Jeremy Denk, a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician dubbed one of the great pianists of his generation, makes a return appearance at the Eastman School of Music in Kilbourn Hall. Since making his major debut…

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Pianist, Professor Douglas Humpherys Appointed Artistic Director of Bachauer International Piano Foundation

Douglas Humpherys, department chair and professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music, has been named artistic director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation. The foundation hosts festivals, concert series, and outreach educational…

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Friends of Eastman Opera Announce Winners of Annual Voice Competition

Mezzo-soprano Melissa Fajardo won the Friends of Eastman Opera’s 12th annual competition for Eastman School of Music voice and opera students, held February 15 in the School’s Kilbourn Hall. She received the Lynne Clarke Vocal Prize in…

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Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Virtuosi Release All-Stravinsky Album with the Octet and The Soldier’s Tale

Harking back to a golden era in recording – when the ensembles of the Eastman School of Music made dozens of pioneering LPs for the Mercury Living Presence label – the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Virtuosi team to release an…

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Alarm Will Sound Brings ‘1969’ to Kodak Hall

Multimedia program reflects on decade’s musical, cultural, political forces; features acoustic arrangement of Beatles’ experimental sound collage Revolution 9Rumors of a meeting between the Beatles and Karlheinz Stockhausen – icons…

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Annual Friends of Eastman Opera Competition Spotlights Rising Vocal Stars

Ten voice and opera students from the Eastman School of Music will compete in the finals of the Friends of Eastman (FEO) Opera Voice Competition. The annual event, which is free and open to the public, gives local audiences the opportunity to hear…

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RocMusic Concert

RocMusic presents its first public performanceRocMusic, a partnership of the Hochstein School of Music & Dance, the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), the Eastman Community Music School, the Rochester City School District, the…

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Memorial Concert Honors Eastman School Professor Emeritus of Organ David Craighead

Eastman School of Music alumni speakers and performers will pay tribute to legendary faculty organist David Craighead in a progressive recital scheduled. Performances will be presented on the two instruments that bear his name at 6 p.m. at Christ…

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Eastman Faculty Recitals Give Audiences Chance to Hear Renowned Artists on Local Stage

The Eastman School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series continues through spring 2013, showcasing the school’s internationally lauded soloists and chamber musicians. Sponsored by Patricia Ward-Baker, the recitals give local audiences the chance to…

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Kilbourn Concert Series Features Inventive Performance Style of Brooklyn Rider

Unexpected, eclectic, adventurous, genre-defying, informal, energetic, cross-cultural, versatile, innovative – critics have used many adjectives to describe Brooklyn Rider.  The audience- and critic-pleasing string quartet brings its gripping…

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Recital by Premier Boston Ensemble Includes Work by Eastman’s Zohn-Muldoon

Boston-based Dinosaur Annex, which boasts more than 35 years on the new music scene, performs on the stage of Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Dedicated to bringing cutting-edge works to the public through live performing,…

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Concert Celebrates the Legacy of William Warfield, Benefits Scholarship Fund for Eastman Students

“William Warfield: A Legacy in Music,” the annual concert supporting the William Warfield Scholarship Fund and spotlighting its talented recipients, will feature soprano Joel Callonia Dyson, a junior at the Eastman School of Music, in the…

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Annual Homecoming Celebrates Music, Holidays at Eastman Community Music School of 2012

Eastman Community Music School will hold its annual Homecoming, a tradition that began in 1998. Originally a one-day extravaganza of concerts in venues across the Eastman School of Music campus, the event showcases the talent and musicianship of…

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Italian Baroque Organ at Memorial Art Gallery Showcased in Festive Holiday Concert

Eastman School of Music musicians will present a holiday-themed concert of instrumental and choral fare at the Memorial Art Gallery. Part of the monthly “Third Sunday Concert with the Italian Baroque Organ” series, the program features organist…

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David Higgs of the Eastman School of Music Receives Paul Creston Award

David Higgs, chair of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music and one of America’s leading concert organists, has received the Paul Creston Award.  Presented by St. Malachy’s–The Actors’ Chapel, the award recognizes artistic…

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Eastman-Rochester Chorus To Present Program Including Elgar’s Rarely-Performed Music Makers

One hundred years after he completed it, Edward Elgar’s Music Makers will finally get its Rochester premiere at Eastman School of Music in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Under the direction of William Weinert and Yunn-Shan Ma, the…

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Concert Celebrates Newest Addition to Rochester’s Collection of Outstanding Organs

Another magnificent instrument is being added to Rochester’s collection of outstanding organs as the recently restored 1893 Hook and Hastings Organ, installed in Christ Church over the summer and fall, receives its inaugural concert. Made by one…

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Ying Quartet Performs in Hatch Recital Hall on the Eastman-Ranlet Series

The internationally renowned, award-winning Ying Quartet will give two performances of their upcoming Eastman-Ranlet Series concert featuring a new work by Brooklyn-based composer Kenji Bunch. The original concert date of Sunday, Dec. 2, will be for…

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Eastman School of Music Programs for December 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3 PMEastman-Ranlet Series: Ying Quartet. Subscribers Only. Additional performance for public scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6. Ayano Ninomiya, violin; Janet Ying, violin; Philip Ying, viola; David Ying, cello. Bartók:…

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Kilbourn Concert Series Features Guitarist Raphaella Smits

Internationally praised guitarist Raphaella Smits will perform in the Eastman School of Music’s Hatch Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, as part of the School’s Kilbourn Concert Series. Recognized as “an uncommonly musical guitarist”…

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Eastman School Hosts Recital by Dynamic Violin-Piano Duo

Duo Diorama, composed of violinist MingHuan Xu and pianist Winston Choi, will give the Rochester premiere of Robert Morris’s new work   . . . gradually . . . during a concert in the Eastman School of Music’s Hatch Recital Hall. The recital is…

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Program of Organ Music, Dance Is Treat for Eyes as Well as Ears

The audience for, concert on the Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery will enjoy a performance combining music and motion. Titled “Organ and the Body,” the first of this year’s monthly series of Third Sunday Concerts with the…

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Eastman Opera Theatre Presents Britten’s ‘The Rape of Lucretia’

“Lucretia’s story is relevant today; we don’t have to look far into our society or today’s sensational news to find all of the themes and ideas addressed in Britten’s opera,” said Steven Daigle, the production’s director and chair of…

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Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble Opens Kilbourn Concert Series

The signature ensemble of the famed Boston Early Music Festival opens the new season of the Kilbourn Concert Series at the Eastman School of Music with two performances in Hatch Recital Hall. Directed by Eastman Professor and lutenist Paul O’Dette…

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Eastman School of Music Alumni Headline Tribute to Rayburn Wright

Rochester, NY -- A roster of award-winning composers and musicians will be returning to their alma mater when the Eastman School of Music pays homage to composer, trombonist, conductor, and teacher Rayburn Wright.Wright was a big band musician, an…

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Eastman School of Music Presents ‘Prismatic Debussy’ Festival, Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Composer’s Birth

The 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy has already been celebrated this year in major music centers on both sides of the Atlantic: Brussels, Paris, Montreal, and London. This fall in Rochester, audiences can look forward to enjoying…

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National Flute Association Honors Eastman’s Bonita Boyd

Bonita Boyd, professor of flute at the Eastman School of Music, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association (NFA). Boyd was honored earlier this month at the organization’s annual convention, where flutists from…

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Top Scholars, Performers Celebrate 'Bach and The Organ' at The Eastman School of Music

On August 27 2012,  he’s considered one of the greatest composers of all time, but during his lifetime Johann Sebastian Bach was celebrated and renowned throughout Europe as an organist. This fall, the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative…

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Eastman School Celebrates Debussy and Bach During a Fall Filled with Musical Highlights

Two major festivals centering on famous composers, one celebrating the sesquicentennial of Claude Debussy’s birth and the other showcasing the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach, highlight the fall concert season at the Eastman School of…

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16-Year-Old Virtuoso From Italy Takes Top Prize in Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition

Leonardo Colafelice, 16, of Bari, Italy, was awarded first prize after the final round of the 2012 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition last night (Saturday, August 4) following a stellar performance of the Allegro ma non tanto…

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Thirteenth Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition

As music emerges into and evolves through the twenty-first century, the synthesis of the pianistic traditions of the past with the artistic aesthetics of the future lies in the minds, hands, and hearts of a new, young generation of pianists. The…

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