Eastman Journal

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: APSI Music Theory – Teacher Training

January 9, 2019

by Jarod Lau This summer, Summer@Eastman is excited to offer an Advanced Placement Summer Institute for music educators to become trained and certified to teach AP Music Theory. We spoke with course instructor Dr. Joel Phillips (Westminster Choir College) and Dr. Betsy Marvin (Eastman School of Music), who instigated the course, to learn more about […]

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Opening Doors: An Interview with Timothy Long, the New Music Director of Eastman Opera Theatre

January 8, 2019

By Benjamin Willmott    The Eastman School of Music was pleased to welcome the appointment of Mr. Timothy Long to the faculty as associate professor of opera and music director of Eastman Opera Theatre, starting in fall 2018. Mr. Long’s appointment comes following the retirement of Benton Hess, the esteemed music director of the program for […]

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The Summer Stepping Stone

December 12, 2018

Jarod Lau. Photograph by Tyler Hayford. By Jarod Lau My experience with Summer@Eastman will forever be the most significant cornerstone in my life. It all began in the summer of 2013, when I attended Summer@Eastman’s Summer Jazz Studies and Summer Trumpet Institute. The experiences I had and the opportunities I gained were invaluable to my […]

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Maestro Neil Varon to conduct Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with Eastman’s Premiere Orchestra

November 13, 2018

The Eastman Philharmonia in rehearsal By Sarah Forestieri On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Neil Varon, conductor, and The Eastman Philharmonia present Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Kodak Hall. Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is a fantastical work that is thought to draw on elements of his life. As a result, Mahler may have subtitled […]

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Practical Composition: Student Sean Calhoun’s “Constellated Traces” Premieres Tonight

November 9, 2018

Sean Calhoun By Dan Gross Student composer Sean Calhoun is on the bill with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra (ESSO) tonight, Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Sean’s piece Constellated Traces, conducted by Garrett Wellenstein, kicks off the free Kodak Hall concert, which also includes Bartok’s Viola Concerto and Falla’s Suite No. 2 from The […]

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Celebrated American Composer Charles Wuorinen Celebrates his 80th Birthday at the Eastman School of Music

November 6, 2018

Charles Wuorinen By Sarah Forestieri Eastman welcomes one of the world’s leading composers, Charles Wuorinen, as this year’s Howard Hanson Visiting Professor of Composition. Wuorinen will be in residency at Eastman from Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16. His visit will culminate in a concert celebrating Wuorinen’s 80th birthday and featuring his compositions, on […]

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A Conversation with Ricky Ian Gordon

October 24, 2018

By Sarah Forestieri Eastman Opera Theatre (EOT) presents The Tibetan Book of the Dead, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon, and libretto by Jean-Claude Van Itallie, November 1, 2, 3, and 4 at Kilbourn Hall. This piece is one of Ricky Ian Gordon’s most personal works, coming to fruition after the loss of his partner, […]

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“Experiencing Something Three Dimensional”

October 18, 2018

Eastman Philharmonia to perform an entirely romantic program, featuring Concerto Competition winner Maria Vasilevskaya performing Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. By Sarah Forestieri Join the Eastman Philharmonia, along with conductors Neil Varon and Zeke Fetrow, on Friday, October 19, 2018 for an evening that will feature some of the most iconic works and composers […]

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Conductors Caleb Hopkins and Joseph Taff to lead the first Bach Cantatas of the Season

October 4, 2018

Conductors Caleb Hopkins (left) and Joseph Taff (right) By Sarah Forestieri and Caleb Hopkins The Eastman Bach Cantata series begins this Sunday October 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm, with BWV 48: Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erlösen (Miserable Man that I Am, Who Will Free Me?), and BWV 8: Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich […]

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A Priceless Percussion Experience: Eastman Percussion Group Performs in China

September 27, 2018

Late this summer, the Eastman Percussion Group played before a large audience at Beijing’s National Centre for Performing Arts. By Jessica Kaufman While many of Eastman’s distinguished faculty members have the privilege of traveling internationally to perform at various large-scale festivals and conferences, it is a special professor who brings his current and former students […]

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