Here are some select recent clippings showing the variety of hits/mentions identifying musicians and scholars as Eastman School of Music alumni, faculty or students. (Note: Some links may have expired.)
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 07/23/2014)
As a teen Mr. Braun studied with Seymour Rosenfeld of the Philadelphia Orchestra. After attending three years at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, he lit out for Los Angeles with fellow Eastman students in a fusion band called Auracle, which released two albums on Chrysalis Records.
(Burlington Free-Press 07/28/2014)
Actor Cassidy Thompson, 19, of Richmond just finished “Carrie,” her final play after years with the group. She is studying at the Eastman School of Music and Broadway is her ultimate goal.
(Broadway World 07/29/2014)
White Witch, a new contemporary American opera, will have its world premiere in October 2014 in New York City. The work, with music by Brian Schober and libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin, is a one-act monodrama for voice and percussion, directed and choreographed by Lynn Neuman.
Brian Schober has had an active career as a composer and performer in the US and abroad. His music spans all instrumental and vocal media. Schober studied at the Eastman School of Music and the Paris Conservatory under Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, Sue Seid, Russell Saunders, Olivier Messiaen, Betsy Jolas, Jean Guillou and André Isoir.
Among those at the reception were MASNO Artistic Director Daniel Weilbaecher, board president Emel Songu Mize, Mary Lee Murphy, Cara McCool, Prjevalskaya’s host family Darlene and JodyDickerson, Elissa and Ed Bluth, Frank Heneghan, Beth Goddard, Robin and Bruce Crutcher, Sharon Litwin, Keith Lescale, Ron Biava, Robert Pope, AnneBradburn, Steven Kinchen, Eva Weisseneder,James Farrow, Joan Coulter, Raymond Gitz, and judges Natalya Antonova(Eastman School of Music), Alan Chow (Northwestern University), Igor Resnianski (West Chester University, Pennsylvania) and Jennifer Hayghe (Ithaca College).
(Rochester City Newspaper © 07/30/2014)
In its three and a half decades, Skaneateles has caught a few rising musical stars on their way to bigger things. For example, the popular violinist Hilary Hahn has been a frequent Festival performer since she was a teenager.
But it is also a mecca for regional musicians. Its artistic directors since 2005 have been the Eastman School’s Elinor Freer and David Ying, and visitors from Rochester will recognize many other familiar faces from the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: violists Phillip Ying and Melissa Matson, cellists Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott, flutist Joanna Bassett, among others. (Also reported by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
(City newspaper 07/30/2014)
Holcomb’s interest in combining forces with other cultural entities in Rochester has had a cross-disciplinary focus. “Working with the Eastman School of Music, the only functioning 17th-century Italian organ in North America was installed a few years ago in the Gallery’s Fountain Court, where concerts by Eastman students are performed weekly,” says Peter Brown, current chair of the Art Committee, and chair of the search committee that hired Holcomb in 1985.
Former D146 student to attend prestigious Eastman School of Music
(Chicago Tribune/Local Lincoln Way 07/28/2014)
Tanner Jackson of Tinley Park, Ill., having made a name for himself as a talented trombone player, recently announced his college plans.
“My dream is to compose and arrange music. My musical road has taken me to the Eastman School of Music (in Rochester, NY) for the next four years.”
He was quick to point out that his decision was a tough one. Although he has ultimately decided to attend Eastman, he applied also applied and auditioned at other leading national music institutions: Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College. “Eastman is one of the top music schools in the country and it comes highly recommended by many people I know who are past and present Eastman students.”