Eastman Journal

2020 at Eastman: A Year in Photographs

January 14, 2021

2020 was a memorable year, but even with much less activity on the Eastman campus after March, it produced some memorable photographs. As you’ll see below, we traveled from the typical bustle of the beginning of the semester, to virtually no activity on the Eastman campus during the spring and summer, to resuming most of […]

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Virtual Trombone Workshop: Eastman’s first online winter program

December 9, 2020

Lauren Rudzinskas   by Lauren Rudzinskas‘20E (DMA), Co-founder and director    The Virtual Trombone Workshop was founded in Summer 2020 with a mission to support artists through a virtual environment. VTW founder Lauren Rudzinskas created the event as a response to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. Seeking to connect musicians during a time of […]

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American Anthem: Philharmonia’s “Star-Spangled Banner” for the 21st Century

October 15, 2020

Austin Chanu rehearsing Banner with the Philharmonia strings in Kodak Hall. Photograph by Maurice Cohn.   By David Raymond On Monday, October 19, in a livestreamed concert, the strings of the Eastman Philharmonia will perform Banner, a 2014 work by the contemporary American composer Jessie Montgomery. Master’s conducting student Austin Chanu will conduct this work, […]

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Sibley Library Offers Guide to Music of the African Diaspora

September 29, 2020

Rick McRae of the Sibley Music Library, creator of Music by People from the African Diaspora   By David Raymond Among their many online services, major international libraries provide library guides on particular topics targeted to scholars and musicians. In the case of Eastman’s Sibley Music Library, the specialized topics are of course musical: musicology, […]

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An Eastman graduate’s new website inspires the Black Musical Community

September 15, 2020

Jasmine Daquin   Oboist Jasmine Daquin ‘19E (MM) has a busy career as a free-lance oboist in New York City. She recently added another achievement to her resume, as the founder of Black Classical Music Educators, an online space for parents of young musicians, and adult students, to easily secure private lessons with a Black […]

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“Creating a Community Conversation”: Virtual Visionaries Brings Musicians Together Online

September 11, 2020

By David Raymond How do musicians and other creative and performing artists – members of a tight-knit community – function in their careers when that community is fractured? What are the performing possibilities when public performances are canceled? These scenarios became reality overnight with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resulting closure of schools […]

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Summer at Eastman 2020: An Excellent Online Adventure

August 10, 2020

Summer@Eastman Director Sylvie Beaudette (top, center) and her French Lyric Diction students [Kayleigh DeBrine, Emma Ginzel, Daniela Monzon, Francis Mok, Molly Petrik; Mimi Law is not pictured]. Photo courtesy of Sylvie Beaudette.   by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator Nothing about Summer@Eastman 2020 happened the way we expected. We had already spent most of the […]

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Bringing Theory into Practice: ECMS launches its first online course this fall

July 24, 2020

The response of educational institutions to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic has led to a greatly increased demand for online classes. This need coincides with Eastman Community Music School’s launch of an ambitious AP® Music Theory online course, the result of collaboration between  ECMS and Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership, with grant funding from the University […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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