The Absolute #1 Best Music School for You (and why I can’t tell you what it is)

November 18, 2019

This is a guest post from Matthew Ardizzone, Eastman’s Associate Dean of Admissions & Enrollment Management. US News & World Report recently came out with its highly anticipated annual ranking of colleges and universities. Now that music schools are no longer separately ranked by the Report, I tend to view this list with even greater […]


Applying to Eastman: Insider Tips

November 7, 2018

The December 1st Eastman application deadline is coming up soon! Here are some insider tips from an admissions counselor to help you avoid common problems: Read the instructions first. The importance of this step can’t be overstated.  Every school you are applying to will have its own unique requirements, and you must read the instructions […]


Summer Plans & Internships

May 12, 2015

The following guest post was written by current Eastman student Mary Russek.  Thanks Mary! ************************************* Wow, another year at Eastman…check! In this post I’d like to share with you my summer plans. I’ll also let you in on a little secret that many students don’t know: summer is a fantastic time to be in Rochester! […]


Things to do in and around downtown Rochester

April 29, 2015

Today’s post was written by Amy Skjerseth, a recent graduate of Eastman.  Her tips will help you get to know the city of Rochester, and give you the insider view on some fun things to look forward to.  Thanks Amy! *** Things to do near the Eastman Campus On the block surrounding Eastman, there is […]


Apartment Search Advice for New Grad Students

March 27, 2015

The following post was also written by guest poster Amy Skjerseth, who is a recent alumna and has done her share of apartment searching.  Thanks for sharing, Amy! ************ So you’ll be attending Eastman for graduate school in the fall—congratulations!—and you are wondering about finding an apartment in Rochester. As a recent undergraduate alumna of […]


Preparing for your audition – part 2

February 4, 2015

We previously posted some ideas on preparing for your auditions.  Here are some more suggestions to help you get ready for a great audition. Use visualization & mental rehearsal.  Creating positive mental images of an event like an audition can be a powerful preparation technique.  Imagine yourself walking into the audition room, greeting those who will hear […]


Preparing for Your Audition

February 3, 2015

Auditions at Eastman are fast approaching.  You may be waiting to hear whether you will be invited for auditions, or waiting for confirmation of your audition date.  The Eastman Admissions Office will notify applicants of this information by email no less than three weeks before the preferred audition date listed on your application – sooner […]


Musician’s Tips for Traveling with your Instrument

January 27, 2015

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity here in the Admissions Office as we prepare to host on-campus Audition Days. We look forward to the opportunity to meet all of you promising young musicians and to welcome you to our campus. For applicants, the first step to a great audition is simply […]


Viola Studio: An insider’s view

November 5, 2014

The Eastman viola community will be sharing their thoughts and experiences throughout the 2014-2015 academic year on The American Viola Society Studio Blog.  Professors Carol Rodland, George Taylor and Phillip Ying, along with students and alumni, will give readers an insider’s view of all things viola. Some of the topics covered so far include: Life […]


Winning a professional orchestra audition: an interview with Zac Hammond

October 30, 2014

Zac Hammond is an oboist and a recent graduate of Eastman who won the principal oboe position with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. At Eastman, Zac earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Music, and studied with Prof. Richard Killmer. He also earned the Arts Leadership Certificate. We recently interviewed Zac about his orchestral experiences […]