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Renowned PRISM Saxophone Quartet visits Eastman

September 30, 2016

ESP (Eastman Saxophone Project) meets PRISM: From left to right: Myles Boothroyd, Jeremy Howell, Jon Wintringham, Michael Matthews, Harrison Clarke, Zach Stern, Chien-Kwan Lin, Clancy Ellis, Matthew Levy, Erik Elmgren, Zach Shemon, Timothy McAllister, Drew Viavattine, Taimur Sullivan, Stephanie Venturino, Tyler Wiessner, Aiwen Zhang, Gabe Piqué, Nicki Roman, Chaithu Natarajan, Ye Wang, Khanh Nguyen, Siobhan […]

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Theory and Practice: Eastman Music Theorists as Composers

September 23, 2016

Instructor of Music Theory Matt Curlee conducts Eastman students in his composition Harmonic Maneuvers. Music theory is sometimes seen as the most cerebral and abstract branch of musical scholarship – a mixture of math, acoustics, and philosophy. But throughout history, many music theorists have also been composers; Rameau, Schoenberg, and Milton Babbitt are famous examples. […]

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TEARS INTO WINE: a lecture concert on Bach’s Cantata No. 21

September 23, 2016

David Chin conducts Eastman students in a Bach cantata at Reformation Lutheran Church. On Sunday, September 25, Eastman doctoral conducting student David Chin (MM’12) will be presenting a lecture concert on Bach’s Cantata No. 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (I had much grief) at 3 p.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, 111 North Chestnut Street. The […]

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A Student’s Look into the Eastman Audio Research Studio (EARS)

September 22, 2016

By Erik Elmgren This year, the Eastman Computer Music Center (ECMC) has undergone a rebranding process and now is known as the Eastman Audio Research Studio (EARS). In addition to this new title, EARS has expanded to another room at the school, which will house state-of-the-art audio equipment enabling new learning and performance opportunities for […]

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Debussy in Wartime: Eastman musicians collaborate in “Scarred by the Somme”

September 22, 2016

By Dan Gross Tonight, September 22, at 7 p.m., in Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall, the Rochester Fringe Festival presents Scarred by the Somme, the latest production of Table Top Opera, inspired by the centennial of World War I and the music of Claude Debussy. Dan interviewed Eastman Professor of Music Theory Matthew Brown, one of the […]

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A Surrealist’s Garden of Verse: Eastman student Robin Steitz sings Lutoslawski with ESSO

September 19, 2016

Soprano Robin Steitz By Kameron Ghanavati Robin Steitz, currently a second-year graduate student of voice at Eastman, was intrigued after hearing a performance by Dawn Upshaw. The piece Upshaw sang was compelling and detailed, sprinkled with Surrealist poetry, tonal ambiguity, and childlike thoughts. With her interest in 20th-century French poetry, Robin decided to research this […]

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Thinking Outside the Box and on the Fringe

September 16, 2016

Creating outside the box: artist Mark McDermott, dancer-choreographer Collette Fuierer, composer Dave Rivello by Dan Gross Eastman jazz faculty member Dave Rivello and his ensemble join forces with two other Rochester artists – an artist and a dancer-choreographer – to create a unique project for this year’s First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival called “Invisible Boxes,” […]

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“I Can’t Express How Happy I Felt!”: freshman saxophonist Grace Frarey on Eastman and on jazz

August 29, 2016

Grace Frarey is the recipient of this year’s Rochester International Jazz Festival/Eastman School of Music (RIJF/ESM) Jazz Scholarship. The 18-year-old Canandaigua resident just began a double major in jazz studies and music education at Eastman. Grace, who has appeared in the jazz festival since 2013 as lead saxophonist for the Canandaigua Academy Jazz Band, was […]

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An Eastman Summer by the Numbers

August 6, 2016

The faculty and students of this year’s Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Course, celebrating the program’s 25th anniversary at Eastman. Photo: Amanda Sharpe. by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator Summer@Eastman packed an amazing amount of music, study, and fun into just 40 days! Here are some numerical highlights of the season: Summer students came to Eastman […]

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ESP in China: More than Great Walls and concert halls

August 2, 2016

Canal at the Summer Palace From concert halls to music camps, the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), directed by Professor Chien-Kwan Lin, brought its innovative programming and versatile performances to a variety of audiences in China this summer, during a concert tour that lasted from July 13 through July 21. We asked ESP members Myles Boothroyd […]

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