Eastman Journal

The Roots and Legacy of Summer Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education at Eastman: 1992-2019 – Part 2

June 25, 2020

Eastman’s Orff Schulwerk “dream team”, Summer 2019. Clockwise from the left, Dr. Donna Brink Fox, Jim Solomon, Dr. Janet Robbins, Mary Helen Solomon, and Karen Medley. Photograph by Hannah Bell.   The summer of 2019 saw the 28th and final year of Orff Schulwerk teacher certification during Eastman’s summer session. A recent two-part article by […]


The Roots and Legacy of Summer Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education at Eastman: 1992-2019 – Part 1

June 23, 2020

The summer of 2019 saw the 28th and final year of Orff Schulwerk teacher certification during Eastman’s summer session. A recent article by Music Education graduate Stephania Romaniuk E’20 (MA) traces the beginnings of the Orff programs in 1920s Germany to their adoption and flourishing at Eastman. This is Part One; click here to read […]


“Wait, so how many words was that?”: Summer@Eastman 2020 Introduces Spanish Lyric Diction

June 9, 2020

Lost in Dance by Diana Loberant-Kaupa (May 2020)   by Pablo Willey-Bustos Being a native Spanish speaker, and having lived in Chile from birth until I was 10 years old when my family emigrated to Canada, it is fair to assume that I may have sung a large volume of Spanish art song. I, however, […]


Eastman’s Summers-Only Master’s Degree in Music Education Offers “The Whole Package”

May 5, 2020

Pictured with this story are members of Eastman’s Music Teaching and Learning Faculty during Summer 2019: top: Alden Snell; center, Mara Culp; bottom, Chris Azzara. Photographs by Michelle Martorell.   Alden Snell is the advisor for summers-only master’s students at Eastman. He recently asked two recent graduates of the summers only program to reflect on […]


A Unique Musical Identity: Eastman’s Prizewinning Sequoia Reed Quintet

April 29, 2020

  The Sequoia Reed Quintet, left to right: oboist Gwen Goodman, saxophonist Trevor Chu, bassoonist Harrison Short, bass clarinetist Lucas Slavin, and clarinetist Michael Miller. Photograph by Max Zheng.   Eastman’s Sequoia Reed Quintet (oboist Gwen Goodman, clarinetist Michael Miller, saxophonist Trevor Chu, bass clarinetist Lucas Slavin, and bassoonist Harrison Short, all ’22E) was recently […]


Summer@Eastman 2020: Law & Music: Not as Scary as it Sounds!

March 9, 2020

By Hannah Pearson Guest blogger Hannah Pearson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in clarinet performance and is currently a student in Eastman’s M.A. in Music Leadership (MAML) degree program.   Law & Music is a summer course offered at Eastman, taught by Professor Ari Solotoff. The course focuses on law as it relates to musicians, […]


22 Outstanding Eastman Women for 2020

March 6, 2020

Sunday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. In honor of female musicians around the world. To observe the year 2020, we wanted to highlight 20 outstanding women among thousands of Eastman female alumni, students, faculty members, and friends. It turns out there are so many possible choices we had to have 22 this time! As […]


Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem: A seldom-performed masterpiece from today’s perspective

March 3, 2020

By Jeremy Lopez On Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall, several ensembles from around the Rochester community will join together for a powerful performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. The masterpiece will be performed by the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, Eastman Chorale, Eastman Philharmonia, and the Bach Children’s Chorus of Nazareth College and Genesee […]


Summer@Eastman 2020: Announcing the Eastman Percussion Festival

February 27, 2020

Ivan Trevino (left) and Michael Burritt (right). Photographs courtesy Ivan Trevino.   by Ivan Trevino Organizing a summer percussion festival at Eastman is something Michael Burritt and Ivan Trevino have been contemplating for years. The duo has shared many coffees, phone calls, and texts about what a potential festival would be like. So many summer […]


Summer@Eastman 2020: All Things Cello: Eastman Cello Institute, Season 4

February 17, 2020

Eastman Cello Institute dress rehearsal. Photo credit: Gerry Szymanski.   by Dr. Cora Swenson Lee Dr. Cora Swenson Lee is Director of the Eastman Cello Institute and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Bucknell University. It’s hard to believe that the Eastman Cello Institute is heading into its fourth summer! In 2016, Professor Alan Harris […]