Eastman School of Music Posts and Musings

MEET THE SUMMER@EASTMAN TEAM

“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,…

Eastman@Keuka: The Beginning

    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.…

The Songs that Inspired Renée

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…

Introducing the Violin

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…

In Memory of Derrick Smith

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…

Triumph of the Beastmen

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…

A Salute to Veterans

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…

A C.P.E. Bach-anale

  This week, Eastman joins the worldwide 300th birthday celebrations for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) with daily events relating to his music. including lectures and performance of a wide variety of his keyboard sonatas and other pieces.While his music is relatively little known these days, C.P. E. (the eldest son of Johann Sebastian Bach)…

A Trio of Lilacs in September

Three current Eastman students were invited to perform at a gala dinner preceding the performance by soprano Renee Fleming (MM ’83) opening the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s season on September 12. The Lilac Piano Trio was formed in 2011 by violinist Gabrielle Monachino, an Eastman Community Music School graduate and now a student of Charles Castleman,…

A Knack for Sax

  Happy 200th birthday to Adolphe Sax (1814 – 1894), the Belgian musical instrument designer who invented the saxophone, which he patented on June 28, 1846. He is shown above next to a photograph of four of his surviving original instruments. In the ensuing 165 years, the saxophone has become an essential part of military…