Eastman Journal

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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“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, […]

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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 […]

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