Eastman Journal: Page 5

Good Music in Person and on Record: Eastman’s Charles Pillow on XRIJF and Miles Davis

June 22, 2018

Saxophonist Charles Pillow performing at the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival By Dan Gross Charles Pillow, Eastman Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone, comes from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduating from Loyola University, he pursued his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music, where he is now an Assistant Professor of […]


Finding Her Voice: Links Scholarship recipient Veena Akama-Makia

May 24, 2018

Mezzo-soprano Veena Akama-Makia, this year’s Links Scholarship recipient The Links Scholarship, a cooperative effort between the Rochester, New York Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the Eastman School of Music, recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary talent and academic achievement of an African-American scholar musician. Eastman’s 2018 recipient, announced this spring, is a Master’s student in […]


Bringing that Energy Back: Cellist Guy Johnston Returns to Eastman

May 14, 2018

Guy Johnston. Photograph by Kaupo Kikkas By Jessica Kaufman Assistant Director of Content and Public Relations, Eastman School of Music The incoming and current cello classes are gaining an additional valued member to our faculty, as Guy Johnston joins Eastman this fall. Born into a musical family, Guy started his musical journey as a chorister […]


A wonderful week of Alexander Technique! Reflections from the 2017 Summer Intensive

April 23, 2018

by Katie Fittipaldi When musicians I meet find out that I teach Alexander Technique, their first response is usually something like: “Wow, that is so cool! I have always wanted to study Alexander Technique!” Why are musicians so excited about Alexander Technique? Developed by F. Matthias Alexander, the Alexander Technique is an educational method used […]


Competitions and Community: Eastman Flutist Adam Sadberry

April 20, 2018

Adam Sadberry. Photographs by Kaila Delany On Tuesday, April 24, flutist Adam Sadberry will perform live on WXXI-FM’s show Backstage Pass. But this Eastman senior from the studio of Bonnie Boyd has already had a momentous year. In February, Adam won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s African-American Fellowship. Adam will be a member of the DSO […]



April 9, 2018

Participants in the 2017 Trumpet Retreat, in the chapel of Keuka College This year, Summer@Eastman offers a Trumpet and Trombone Retreat at Keuka for adult players (June 24 through June 30) as well as a Trumpet Institute on the Eastman campus for high school and collegiate students (July 29 through August 3). Both feature Eastman […]


All the things she was: Eastman Celebrates Jazz Giant Marian McPartland

March 22, 2018

Marian McPartland at Eastman in 2006 By Dan Gross An accomplished jazz pianist, Marian McPartland (1918-2013) was a much-beloved presence on National Public Radio as host of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz for more than three decades. Piano Jazz offered listeners an intimate, insider’s perspective on the elusive world of jazz improvisation. On her weekly broadcast, […]


Introducing the Eastman Organ Experience: Summer at Eastman’s High School Organ Academy

March 16, 2018

Eastman Associate Professor Edoardo Bellotti introduces Summer Organ Academy students to Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery By Caroline Robinson, Coordinator, Eastman High School Organ Academy In the summer of 2015, the Eastman Organ Department held its first official Summer Academy for High School Organists, having hosted a Pipe Organ Encounter via […]


Students Love the Challenge: Serious Jams at Eastman Summer Jazz Studies

March 1, 2018

By Hattie Bestul Clarinetist Hattie Bestul is currently completing her Master’s degree in Performance and Literature at Eastman and working as an Arts Leadership Program intern at the Eastman Community Music School. At Eastman’s Summer Jazz Studies, students play in jam sessions, learn jazz theory, try their hand with improvisation and composing, and perform in […]


From Summer Study to a Dream Realized: Reflections on Music Horizons 2015

February 9, 2018

By Katja Pennypacker Soprano Katja Pennypacker attended the Eastman Community Music School’s Music Horizons summer program in 2015. She is now a freshman vocal performance major at Eastman, studying with Kathryn Cowdrick. Participating in the Music Horizons voice program was a life-changing experience for me and the reason why Eastman was my first-choice school for […]