Admissions Blog

George Eastman and the Chamber of Secrets

May 8, 2018

Like the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Eastman School of Music is a historic building riddled with overlooked passageways. While we are able to show many of its most beautiful spaces on our campus tours, some of its more interesting rooms get left out. In fact, there are many spots around campus that […]


My Senior Degree Recital

May 4, 2018

The following post was written by senior jazz major Matt Bent.  Thanks Matt! *********** As a freshman at Eastman, I heard some absolutely incredible performances. I remember sitting in Kilbourn Hall with my newly-found friends and listening to many of the seniors give their degree recitals. Some of these performances really blew me away and […]


The Gig Scene: A Jazz Major’s Perspective

November 8, 2017

The following guest post was written by current jazz trombone major Abe Nouri, class of 2018.  Thanks Abe! *** My name is Abe Nouri and I am a senior jazz trombone major studying with Mark Kellogg. As a Student Ambassador in the Eastman Admissions Office, I am often asked what the gig scene and performance […]


Quick Tips for Attending a College Fair

September 24, 2017

Each fall across the US there are many college fair events where students and parents can talk to representatives from college and universities to gather information and ask questions.  Some fairs are aimed specifically students who are interested in the performing and visual arts. If you are within driving distance of Rochester, you should definitely […]


My Eastman Novel – advice for freshmen from a graduating senior

August 30, 2017

The following guest post was written by Eastman alumnus Nick German.  Thanks Nick – we miss you! ************************************ My Eastman Novel The life of a young musician is filled with many ups and downs. They are all part of the excitement, growth, and adventure that music brings us. When I graduated from high school, people […]


Being a Business-Minded Musician

April 12, 2017

The following guest post was written by Kara Miller, Class of 2018.  Thanks Kara! ******** As a dual degree student pursuing both horn performance and business, people often say to me, “Oh good, you have a backup plan that will actually make you money,” as if being a musician isn’t enough. Usually I just smile and […]


My time at Eastman – A bird’s eye view

April 6, 2017

The following guest post was written by Anna Lenhert ’17.  Thanks Anna! ***** It is impossible to adequately cover five years of phenomenal opportunities and memories in one blog post, but here is my best “bird’s eye” reflection on my time here at Eastman. Though it may sound cliché, my time here has been everything I […]


A Day in the Life of a Jazz Major @ Eastman

March 12, 2017

As I write these words, we are almost halfway through the semester and with spring break only a few days away. Students are busy wrapping up midterms, rehearsing, practicing, preparing degree recitals, gigging around town, transcribing and listening to music, composing and arranging, and performing in ensemble concerts. All students at the Eastman School of […]


Campus visits for admitted students

March 25, 2016

After overcoming the stress of auditions, I was completely overwhelmed in deciding where I wanted to attend college. It was not until my follow-up visit as an admitted student that I was able to make my decision. My future bassoon professor invited me to Rochester to attend a studio class, where all the bassoonists were […]


All-Nighters Can Be Fun – a Day in the Life of A Jazz Composer

December 1, 2015

The following post was written by Max Berlin BM ’18.  Thanks Max!  We hope you got some rest! ***************** Many of my most intensely rewarding moments at Eastman occur in the quietest hours of the night.  Often around 4am—I’m wearing some stupid sweatshirt, making my way through a third cup of Earl Grey tea that went cold […]