Events and Activities

Watch this space for upcoming events sponsored by Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, and appearances by Eastman faculty members as well as alumni in your area.



Eastman at the 6th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference
Saturday, January 10, 2015

6:30-7:20 pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt
1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101 

LeJENds STAGE/Coronado Ballroom A-B
(Harbor Tower – Fourth Level)

8:00-9:00 pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt Top of the Hyatt 
(Harbor Tower – 40th Floor)

As part of the Annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference, award winning faculty members from Eastman’s Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media Department will be performing in concert on Saturday evening to celebrate the music of Snooky Young. The Eastman Faculty Jazz Quintet consists of Charles Pillow (MM ’84), saxophone; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Harold Danko, piano; Jeff Campbel (MM ’92, DMA ’02), bass; and Rich Thompson (MM ’84), drums.

Following the performance, join Jamal Rossi (DMA ’87), the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music, and the members of the Faculty Quintet for an alumni reception at The Top of the Hyatt, located on the 40th floor of the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

To Register:

To register for the complimentary reception, please contact the Eastman School of Music Office of Alumni Relations at or 866-ESM-ALUM by Wednesday, January 7.


An Afternoon of Eastman Jazz
Featuring Eastman Faculty Jazz Quintet 
Charles Pillow (MM ’84), Saxophone
Clay Jenkins, Trumpet
Harold Danko, Piano
Jeff Campbell, (MM ’92, DMA ’02), Bass
Rich Thompson (MM ’84), Drums

Sunday, January 11, 2015
3:00-5:00 pm
Andaz West Hollywood
8401 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA

Join Jamal Rossi (DMA ’87), Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music, and University alumni, parents, and friends for an afternoon of jazz at Andaz West Hollywood, a hotel rich with music history. This special performance will feature Eastman faculty as well as LA musicians who are Eastman alumni. 

Admission is $25 and includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and an open beer and wine bar.

To Register: 


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How to Succeed in a Changing Musical World
Pre-conference workshop and reception
Thursday, January 15
10 am-5:00 pm Workshop
5:30-7:30 pm Reception

Westin Hotel Times Square
270 W 43rd Street
New York, NY

Etcetera, Etcetera
352 W. 44th Street
New York, NY

The recently established Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music is pleased to be collaborating with Chamber Music America to present this pre-conference workshop at the CMA National Conference,  “How to Succeed in a Changing Musical World.” Topics will include technology, marketing, branding, collaborative projects, and more, offering attendees insights and ideas that they can take back home and apply to their careers. Admission to the workshop is $20 for Eastman alumni, regardless of whether or not they register for the full CMA Conference. 

After a full day of exciting sessions at the pre-conference, join us for a reception which will include drinks and light hors d’oeuvres.  The cost is $10 per person – limited to pre-conference day participants. 

The pre-conference day and reception will offer great opportunities to not only learn and brainstorm about our work and industry, but also to connect with Eastman alumni and a wide variety of music professionals working in the chamber music field.  To view a full listing of Chamber Music America National Conference events and to register click here. 

Contact Steve Danyew ’10E (MM) 


Eastman at Dizzy’s Club
Monday, March 2, 2015
7:30 and 9:30 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center

The Eastman Jazz Ensemble will perform two sets at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club. The classic jazz club reinvented, Dizzy’s provides an intimate setting with views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, great food and some of the best music to be found anywhere in the city.

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Click here to view the list of events taking place in your area as well as regionally.


Rochester area alumni: You are invited to attend events hosted by the Institute for Music Leadership. Please click here for a list of upcoming events.

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