Eastman School’s Summer Session 2005 offered something for many musicians. “We had the warmest conditions we’ve encountered,” says Summer Session Director Ruth Cahn, “but lots of cool things happened! We continue to grow – we had a larger number of students this year than last year.”
Summer classes consist of collegiate courses, institutes, and Eastman Community Music School courses. Each area, according to Cahn, exceeded revenue expectations this year, helping to support the mission of the School. The increase in students was partly due to the first year of online registration for summer collegiate courses; Cahn hopes to have online registration for 2006 institutes and ECMS courses .
Two new summer institutes were big hits, according to Cahn. A Conducting Institute featuring Professor Neil Varon, Assistant Professor Brad Lubman, and an opportunity to rehearse with the Rochester Philharmonic, drew 16 conductors from all over the world, including England and Bali. Eastman Sings!, for singers, involved the entire ESM voice faculty, and drew 26 participants. A new one-day workshop to help school guidance counselors work with college-bound music students was also a success.
The summer’s grand finale was the Ninth Annual Young Artist’s International Piano Competition, which featured accomplished high school pianists from around the world.
Information on classes and registration for Summer Session 2006 will be available online in late December.