Eastman Journal

Introducing a Japanese Composer to Eastman

July 12, 2019

Pianist Yoshiko Arahata   On July 16, two young artists will bring the music of a little-heard Japanese composer to Eastman’s summer concert series.Eastman Community Music School faculty pianist Yoshiko Arahata will team with violinist Aika Ito of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for a recital including the Violin Sonata by Akira Miyoshi. This a faculty […]


Passion and Pride: Eastman Wind Ensemble performs in Severance Hall

May 18, 2019

Cleveland’s Severance Hall at night. Photograph by Andrew Bockman. By Andrew Bockman On Tuesday, May 7, the Eastman Wind Ensemble held its final performance of the 2018-2019 school year at the historic Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Conducted by Mark Davis Scatterday, the Wind Ensemble displayed a massive and challenging program including a premiere of […]


“The director’s role is to tell stories”: Eastman Opera Theatre’s directing student Ian Silverman

May 3, 2019

The Naples Opera production of Carmen, for which Ian Silverman served as associate stage director.   By Sarah Forestieri Fresh from his directorial debut with Opera Naples working as an associate stage director on Bizet’s Carmen, Eastman Opera Theatre’s directing student, Ian Silverman, shares his thoughts on everything opera, including his upcoming production with Eastman […]


Summer Orff at Eastman: Last Call!

May 2, 2019

Orff Schulwerk at Eastman, Year 1 (1992): The inaugural Level I class, with Jim Solomon and Mary Helen Solomon at back right. (Levels II and III were added in later years after students completed Level I.) Photo by Donna Brink Fox.   By Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator For more than 25 years, teachers have […]


Eastman Rochester Chorus Performs Music of Leonard Bernstein and Franz Liszt

May 1, 2019

  Choral-orchestral concert will be a benefit for the Notre Dame Cathedral organ By Sarah Forestieri Photographs by Noemi Binag This coming Friday, the Eastman Rochester Chorus will present its final concert of the season with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, featuring a unique program consisting of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah, along with the […]


Really at home singing: Links Scholarship recipient Alexis Peart

April 26, 2019

2019 Links Scholarship recipient Alexis Peart     By Andrew Bockman The Links Scholarship, a collaborative effort between the Rochester, New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the Eastman School of Music, recognizes the extraordinary talent and academic achievement of an African-American scholar musician. The 2019 recipient is a third-year student and mezzo-soprano, Alexis […]


Making Connections: Movement at the Eastman School of Music

April 25, 2019

by Monica Dale Summer@Eastman is moving forward this year with a new institute for both dancers and musicians: MusiKinesis®! Modern dance is hardly new to Eastman, though; Martha Graham taught and performed at Eastman in 1925-26. The “Eastman School of Dance and Dramatic Action” used the fifth floor annex as its dance studio. Speaking of […]


If Music Be the Food: Giving back to the Community through Music

April 24, 2019

“If Music Be the Food…” founder, violist Carol Rodland (second from right), returned for the opening IMBTF concert in October 2018, performing with the Ying Quartet.   By Sarah Forestieri What better way is there to bring a community together than through the power of music? Eastman Assistant Professor of String Chamber Music, Mimi Hwang, […]


Grow as a Musician with Summer Lessons at Eastman

April 10, 2019

ECMS instructor Kyle Peters with a student in the school’s Messinger Hall (“Messinger One”).   By Kyle Peters School is almost out for the summer! It’s time to get ready for the beach, sleeping in, campfires and… summer music lessons? That’s right, summer music lessons! Taking lessons during the summer will prepare you to be […]


An Eastman Summer Program Builds Leadership Skills and Opportunities

April 8, 2019

  Melissa O’Hara is shown at the left, during a discussion at the 2018 Eastman Leadership Academy. By Blaire Koerner The 2018 Summer@Eastman’s session initiated the first annual Eastman Leadership Academy (ELA), developed by the Institute for Music Leadership. A 3 ½ day college-level program, the ELA was designed for upperclassmen and graduate music students […]