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Events – Alumni Weekend 2004

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→ Friday, October 15
→ Saturday, October 16
→ Sunday, October 17

Note:  All locations will be posted at the Registration & Welcome Center and listed in the complete weekend schedule included in your registration packet.

Friday, October 15
NEW! 10:30 a.m. – Noon Kinesthetic Training: Making the Most of Your Practice Time
  A clinic demonstration presented by percussionist John W. Parks IV DMA ’01 on how to optimize practice time through synthesizing aural, visual, and muscle learning. Includes discussion of musical and performance issues such as creativity, the “inner game,” development of internal pulse, audition strategies, managing anxiety, and more.
Noon – 5 p.m. Alumni Weekend Registration & Welcome Center
  Pick up your registration packet and the complete weekend schedule. Check the message board for communications from fellow alumni and enjoy light refreshments at the hospitality table.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastman Campus Tour
  Eastman has grown to encompass nearly all of Gibbs Street from East to University Avenues. Tour finishes with a special Centennial Celebration exploration of Sibley Music Library.
1:45 – 3:30 p.m. Open Student Ensemble Rehearsal
Updated information! Eastman School Symphony Orchestra
Listen to or play along with the first-year and sophomore symphony orchestra under the direction of Neil Varon.
1:45 – 3:30 p.m. Open Student Ensemble Rehearsal
Updated information! Eastman Wind Orchestra
Listen to or play along with first-year and sophomore wind, brass, and percussion players under the direction of Mark Scatterday DMA ’89 and guest conductor Frederick Fennell BA ’37, MS ’39, HNR ’88.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastman Campus Tour
  See 1:30 p.m. listing for description
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Inside the Mind of a Musician: Explorations in Music Cognition
Note time change! Join Professor of Theory Elizabeth Marvin MA ’81, PhD ’89 for an engaging discussion on absolute pitch, and Professor of Theory David Temperley for an interactive presentation on performance expression.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. In the Opera Studio
Note time change! Observe art-in-progress as Eastman Opera Theatre Music Director Benton Hess and Stage and Dramatic Director Steven Daigle lead voice students through rehearsals for the 2004-05 season–including an exclusive preview of a specially commissioned work by Charles Strouse BM ’47 to be premiered at Eastman this fall.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Eastman Campus Tour
  See 1:30 p.m. listing for description
3:30 – 5 p.m. Sibley Music Library Centennial Lecture: “Bach’s Music and Newtonian Science: A Composer in Search of the Foundations of His Art”
  Christoph Wolff, Adams University Professor of Historical Musicology and Curator of the Isham Memorial Library, Harvard University.  (Sponsored by the Department of Musicology.)
5 – 6 p.m. Sibley Music Library Centennial Celebration Opening Reception
  Join Director and Dean James Undercofler BM ’67 in the Atrium of Miller Center (formerly Eastman Place) for a celebration of Sibley Music Library’s first century. The program continues in Sibley Music Library with the opening of exhibits illuminating the history of this magnificent library.
6:30 – 8 p.m. Alumni Weekend Kickoff Reception
  Sponsored by Carl Fischer Music and the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music. Gather with fellow alumni and friends to share drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres, conversation and conviviality.
8 p.m. Eastman Wind Ensemble Concert
  Trombonist Jim Pugh BM ’72, MM ’75 and special guest conductor Dr. Frederick Fennell BA ’37, MS ’39, HNR ’88 join conductor Mark Scatterday DMA ’89 on the newly-renovated Eastman Theatre stage.
Saturday, October 16
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Alumni Weekend Registration & Welcome Center
NEW! 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. 50th Reunion Class Breakfast
  Start the day with conversation over coffee and breakfast with fellow members of the classes of 1953 and 1954.
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Updated information! Eastman Community Music School Open Rehearsals
9:00 -10:30 a.m. Youth Chamber Singers
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Eastman Flute Choir
10:30 – Noon Eastman Children’s Chorus
11:00 a.m. – Noon Harp Choir
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Percussion Ensemble
9:30 – Noon Tour of the George Eastman House
  As the 150th anniversary of George Eastman’s birth is observed throughout Rochester, visit the home of the man whose generosity founded the Eastman School of Music. Tour concludes with a special recital by an Eastman artist on Mr. Eastman’s Aeolian pipe organ. (Space is limited. Register early!)
10 – 11 a.m. Organs, Clavichords, Images, and Dance! – A Presentation of the Eastman-Rochester Organ Initiative
Updated information! In a two-part program, hear professors Hans Davidsson and Joel Speerstra talk about organs, research, and the Eastman-Rochester Organ Initiative, then enjoy a performance on the Kilbourn Hall organ with three dances from The Nutcracker Suite performed by dancers from Rochester City Ballet (Artistic Director: Jamey Leverett). The presentation will be followed by a book signing by visiting professor Joel Speerstra, author of Bach and the Pedal Clavichord and builder of Eastman’s Pedal Clavichord.
10 – 11 a.m. Look Your Best, Play Your Best
  Karen Hagberg MA ’68, PhD ’76, author of the new book Stage Presence From Head to Toe: a Manual for Musicians , presents a useful and practical workshop for parents, children, teachers, and lifelong learners alike.
10 – 11 a.m. Insight into the Professions: What Eastman Alumni Know About Finding Success in the Real World
Updated information! Discover the fascinating career tracks fellow Eastman alumni have pursued, hear the advice for success they have for current students and young professionals, and find out how to become an active member of Eastman’s career network. Hear from accomplished fellow alumni, including Jeff BM ’85 and Joan BM ’84 Beal, John Parks DMA ’01, Margaret Quackenbush DMA ’82, Robert Smith MM ’98, and Robert Thompson MM ’86, MM ’87, DMA ’92.
10 – 11 a.m. Taxwise Giving
  Jack Kreckel, Senior Associate Vice President of University Advancement, offers an overview of trust and estate planning with a philanthropic twist.
10 – 11 a.m. Behind the Scenes at Sibley Music Library
  Join Library Conservator Alice Carli MA ’90 and Circulation Services Librarian Gerald Szymanski for an exclusive look at the Sibley conservation lab and Sibley’s recorded sound collections. (Space is limited. Register early!)
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Early History of the Eastman School of Music
  Vincent Lenti BM ’60, MA ’63, faculty member, former head of the Community Education Division, and School Historian, tells the “insider’s” story of the early years of the School. Book sale and signing following the presentation.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Insight into the Professions: What Eastman Alumni Know About Finding Success in the Real World
  See 10 a.m. listing for description.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Taxwise Giving
  See 10 a.m. listing for description.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Eastman Campus Tour
  See Friday, 1:30 p.m. listing for description.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sibley Music Library Centennial Lecture:  “The Role of the University Library in Music Education Scholarship; Mapping the Profession:  Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future”
  Marie McCarthy, Chair of the Music Education Division of the University of Maryland-College Park School of Music and member of the Charles Fowler Fund for Innovation in Arts Education Advisory Board.  (Sponsored by the Department of Music Education.)
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
  Enjoy an à la carte lunch with fellow alumni and current students in the dining center at the Student Living Center.
1 – 2 p.m. Honoring Marvin Rabin MA ’48
Updated information! Sibley Music Library and the Department of Music Education recognize Dr. Rabin’s contributions to music education and scholarship with a presentation in the Special Collections Reading Room, followed by a reception in the new offices of the Department of Music Education. (Sponsored by the Department of Music Education.)
2 – 3 p.m. Gibbs Street Campus: Envisioning the Future of Eastman
  See the future of Eastman come to life. Director and Dean James Undercofler BM ’67 describes his vision for the School, assisted by Associate Director for Administration David Strong, Director of Facilities Lou Wiesner, and Director of Concert Operations Andrew Green.
2 – 3 p.m. Behind the Scenes at Sibley Music Library
  See 10 a.m. listing for description.
NEW! 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Faculty Portrait Unveiling:  William G. Street
  Percussion alumni and others won’t want to miss the unveiling of the first Professor of Percussion, William G. Street’s portrait, followed by a performance of “Swinging Down the Street.”  Alumni are invited to join in.  (Rehearsal at 1 p.m., 10/16.  To borrow a drum, contact Ruth Cahn.)
NEW! 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Relax, and Play Music for a Lifetime
  Gretel “GG” Shanley BM ’53, MM ’55 presents an interactive session offering practical and succinct knowledge from more than ten disciplines for healthy, enjoyable, accomplished music-making with a focus on preventing music performance injuries at all stages of life.
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Eastman Campus Tour
  See Friday, 1:30 p.m. listing for description
5 – 5:45 p.m. Alumni Cocktail Hour and Class Reunion Portraits
Updated information! Sponsored by Universal Edition, Inc. All alumni are invited to gather for pre-dinner drinks at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Milestone reunion classes and special affinity group pose for group portraits.
5:45 – 7:15 p.m. Alumni Gala Dinner
Updated information! Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel with classmates and friends. Alumni Weekend tradition continues with the presentation of the Alumni Achievement Award to Frederick Westphal MA ’39, PhD ’48 (posthumous) and Doris Bogen Preuciland other honors.
8 – 10 p.m. Eastman Philharmonia and Eastman-Rochester Chorus Concert
  Be present for the world premiere of Four Seascapes for Chorus and Orchestra, a specially commissioned work in celebration of the Sibley Music Library Centennial, by Dominick Argento PhD ’58. Neil Varon and William Weinert, conductors.
10 – 11 p.m. Post-Concert Reception
  Sponsored by Christa Construction, LLC. Revel in the post-performance excitement over coffee and dessert.
Sunday, October 17
9:30 – 11 a.m. Brunch with Current and Retired Faculty
  Keep the connections strong with your favorite teachers, past and present. Join fellow alumni in honoring Professor Emeritus Morris Secon for his remarkable musicianship and devotion to teaching.
9:30 – 11 a.m. Eastman Theatre Stage Renovation Tour
Updated information! See up close the completely overhauled, upgraded, and improved stage shell, lighting, and mechanics. Tours led by members of the team that brought the renovation to reality:  Director of Concert Operations Andrew Green, Director of Stage Operations Ron Stackman, and Director of Facilities Lou Wiesner. (Ongoing throughout brunch.)