Eastman School of Music Posts and Musings

Audition Day Reflections

Tomorrow is Eastman’s first audition day of the New Year for the BM class of 2019. As a member of the class of 2015 it is high time that I reflect on my own audition day, in February 2011. Audition time is stressful, awash with emotions. To name a few: hope that you’ll be accepted…

Raise the Roof!

Come out this Wednesday, January 28, at 8 p.m. for the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s first concert of the new semester. The program features Michael Daugherty’s Raise the Roof, a powerful timpani concerto that crosses many styles and idioms. It is replete with standing trombone players, lead trumpet solos, and unrelenting timpani, played by Eastman student…

Eastman Summer Academy for High School Organists

Caroline Robinson, a South Carolina native, is a first-year master’s degree student at Eastman. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Curtis Institute of Music, she traveled to Toulouse, France, where she studied organ performance on a Fulbright scholarship. We discussed her decision to study in Rochester, the exciting developments of organ music in the city, and…

Summer@Eastman 2015: The Organ Institute

  The Craighead-Saunders Organ at Christ Church, Rochester, New York. Caroline Robinson, a South Carolina native, is a first-year master’s student at Eastman. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Curtis Institute of Music, she traveled to Toulouse, France, where she studied organ performance on a Fulbright scholarship. We discussed her decision to study in Rochester, the…

Eastman Alums, Rising Stars

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…

Happy birthday, Francis Poulenc!

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…