Eastman Journal: Page 35

Eastman Alums, Rising Stars

January 9, 2015

Erin Morley as Sophie in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (above) at the Met, and Kathryn Lewek as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute at the English National Opera. Every day at Eastman, we students hope that all our hard work will pay off in the future. We attend classes, practice our instruments, and receive […]

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Happy birthday, Francis Poulenc!

January 7, 2015

We wish a Bonne annee et bonne anniversaire to the French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) – shown above in a drawing by his friend Jean Cocteau. The combination of seriousness, lightheartedness, rich harmonies, and appealing melodies in Poulenc’s music has made it increasingly popular since his death. Here at Eastman we have seen recent performances […]

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MEET THE SUMMER@EASTMAN TEAM

December 16, 2014

“Here they are, in all their glory”: the Summer@Eastman team, left to right: Donna Mero, GerryAnn Westcott, Howard Potter, Jennifer Watson, Sylvie Beaudette, Jose Pedro Zenteno. Photograph by Gerry Szymanski It’s always summer at Eastman! Indeed, it takes an entire year to plan and market our summer programs, hire the best team of directors, instructors, […]

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Eastman@Keuka: The Beginning

December 16, 2014

    Howard Potter has directed the Eastman Community Music School since 2002. That same year, Potter was also began his involvement with Summer@Eastman, and in 2013 he created a one-of-a-kind annual summer music camp at Keuka College. I discussed with him why Eastman@Keuka has become the perfect summer camp for young people interested in music. […]

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The Songs that Inspired Renée

December 11, 2014

Renee Fleming is shown after receiving an honorary doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in February 2011. Soprano Renée Fleming (MM ’83) is constantly lauded as the pinnacle of the diverse, multifaceted, artist Eastman inspires us to be. For the “Music that Changed Me” feature in the Christmas 2014 BBC Music Magazine, she talked […]

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Introducing the Violin

December 9, 2014

Eastman Community Music School’s String, Harp, and Guitar Department invites you to join them in celebrating 2014 World Violin Day—a chance for future violinists of the world to learn about and try the most prominent instrument in the orchestra. World Violin Day will take place on Saturday, December 13, and will feature a beginning strings […]

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In Memory of Derrick Smith

November 19, 2014

Eastman was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Derrick Smith, a distinguished baritone soloist and a longtime faculty member of the Eastman Community Music School. Mr. Smith died on November 18 after a heart attack. A 1988 master’s degree recipient from the Eastman School of Music, Derrick Smith was known to Rochester audiences […]

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Eastman Immersion: Introducing Noah

November 12, 2014

Photograph by Katrina Leshan This year marked the start of Eastman Immersion, a gap year program in which high school students interested in a music career can spend a year between high school and college exploring the many possibilities of our school. The first Eastman Immersion student is Noah Saberhagen, a native of Virginia, who […]

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Triumph of the Beastmen

November 11, 2014

When not crushing opponents on the Frisbee field, the Beastmen (shown here at Fauver Stadium after their victory) are performance majors: left to right, Andrew Melchionna, tuba; Jeremy Potts, violin; Andrew Psarris, trumpet; Matt Blom, jazz trumpet; Jarryd Elias, percussion; Thomas Steigerwald, piano.  Eastman’s Ultimate Frisbee team, the Beastmen, is not very well known. We […]

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A Salute to Veterans

November 11, 2014

Over the years we at the Eastman School of Music have graduated thousands of wonderful musicians who in one respect or another have brought joy and happiness to millions through their art, but it is with greatest pride we, every once in a while, celebrate those musicians who chose to serve their country.  One of […]

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