Here are some select clippings from the past week 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.)
(Democrat and Chronicle 04/10/2016)
Mark Scatterday’s friends, the ones he plays golf with, like to tease him about his role as conductor and music director of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Wind Orchestra. They say that when they come to one of his performances, it doesn’t seem as if the musicians are paying him much attention.
“I tell them if they really want to see me work, come to rehearsals,” explained Scatterday, in his 14th year with both the orchestra and the ensemble. The former is the Eastman School of Music’s freshman/sophomore wind ensemble; the latter is the country’s leading wind ensemble, made up of the music school’s upperclassmen and graduate students
Neon Museum Announces Resident Performing Artist, Composer and Musician Jennifer Bellor with Free Performances Scheduled in North Gallery April 23 – 24
Jennifer earned a Ph.D. in music composition at Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree in composition at Syracuse University, and a …
(Democrat and Chronicle 04/09/2016)
World-renowned Bach pianist Angela Hewitt will join the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the last of the Eastman Presents concert series, and if you ask music director Peter Oundjian about it, you’d think he has the easiest job in the house.
According to Keith Elder, director of concert activities at Eastman School of Music, “the TSO reaches a younger audience,” which would surely be …
(Broadway World 04/09/2016)
Jason studied composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., with Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner.
(University at Buffalo Reporter 04/08/2016)
The organ studio at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester is known as one of the most accomplished in the country, so administrators at Eastman …
Among the orchestral MVPs were former principal trombonist Larry Zalkind, returning from his new post at the Eastman School of Music to play the …
After high school, she attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and while Lattimore has never fully stepped away from classical …
(PR Web (press release) 04/08/2016)
We are both committed to the band and its musical vision. … Christensen attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, studying …
The Eastman School of Music Organ Department will present a community concert from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 17 at United Church of Canandaigua, … Performers will include masters students Adam Detzner and Cory Whittier and doctoral candidate Thomas Gaynor.
(The Chattanoogan 04/07/2016)
Lee University will present guest musicians Duo-B, along with faculty members Dr. Megan Chisom Peyton on viola and Dr. Cahill Smith on piano, to perform a chamber music recital … Dr. Smith earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music
(Reno Gazette Journal 04/07/2016)
The other performers are Federico Agostini (former concertmaster of I Musici and violin professor at the Eastman School of Music), Daniel Avshalomov …
(Arkansas Online 04/07/2016)
Ted Ludwig, who ended up in Little Rock after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, will solo with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra this weekend in the world premiere of D.J. Sparr’s Concerto for Jazz Guitar and Orchestra: Katrina.
Torke and Ludwig exchanged CDs and kept in touch, but Ludwig says Torke didn’t feel entirely comfortable writing for the guitar; eventually, Sparr’s name came up. An electric guitarist and composer with degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, he’d written a similar concerto for himself.
(New Haven Independent 04/07/2016)
Persinger quickly established himself as a player and educator in town. He first appeared as a solo act — “Shawn Persinger Is Prester John” — that became a duo with the addition of David Miller on mandolin, playing and expanding on Persinger’s songs and compositions. Persinger and Miller met at BMAD while playing bluegrass and “hit it off immediately,” Persinger said. “I said, ‘do you play any David Grisman? And he said, ‘sure, yeah, of course.’ So we played a David Grisman tune. And my train of thought is, ‘bluegrass, David Grisman … do you play any Frank Zappa?’ And he went, ‘Sure, why not?’ And once David and I got together and played, I realized David graduated from Eastman School of Music second in his class. So at that point I realized we could play 21st century classical music. We can all the stuff I’ve wanted to do.”
(Press & Sun-Bulletin 04/07/2016)
José-Luis Novo to leave orchestra after 13 years at the helm …
We’ve had two major commissioning projects — one with Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, who is an associate professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music, and one that we did last season with Behzad Ranjbaran, associate professor of composition at Juilliard. These are two major composers in the classical scene.
(The Kennedy Center 04/07/2016)
Students from the Eastman School of Music at Rochester University present works by Steve Reich, often called the greatest living American composer, …
Luckily, the Friends of Vienna concert series remains committed to sponsoring at least one concert per season celebrating the incredibly rich heritage of classical song. This year’s FOV event … will feature the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning Canadian contralto Lynne McMurtry and Eastman School of Music pianist Alison d’Amato in a program of rarities by Brahms, …
(The Buffalo News 04/06/2016)
TIME OF NEED – St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, is hosting a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday by Rick Holland’s Little Big Band. Proceeds will assist the family of Larry Durski of Blasdell,…
The band will feature professors Rich Thompson and Bob Snieder from Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, along with vocalist Lindsey Holland and an array of outstanding local players.
(Mississippi State Newsroom 04/06/2016)
… they are alumni, respectively, of the University of Toronto in Canada, California’s Stanford University and the Eastman School of Music in New York.
Eastman Presents concert series closes with Toronto Symphony Orchestra
(Fairport-E.Rochester Post 04/06/2016)
The Eastman School of Music will present the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Oundjian and featuring pianist Angela Hewitt, at 8 p.m. April 15 at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester, as it closes its Eastman Presents series.
Community concert to raise money for Foodlink
(Rochester Business Journal 04/06/2016)
University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music faculty and students, members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other area professional musicians donate their time for “If Music Be the Food.”
(The Daily Freeman 04/06/2016)
Violinists Jamecyn Morey and Amanda Brin, cellist Jonathan Brin and violist William Hakim, who together make up the award-winning string quartet, have distinguished careers as soloists, recitalists and chamber musicians.
Jonathan Brin earned his bachelor of music at the Eastman School of Music, where he was a founding member of the Hyperion String Quartet. He was …
Greece Symphony Orchestra to feature 2 concertos
(Greece Post 04/06/2016)
The Greece Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Fetler, … Pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng, a student at the Eastman School of Music, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Katherine Herman, the …
“It was just a validation of what I already know,” said Nancy Caine, the arts program coordinator for the Southampton School District.
Along with that, she said, many students continue to pursue majors in music, and some have even been accepted to schools like Ms. Caine’s alma mater, the Eastman School of Music, as well as Northwestern and Juilliard.
(The Star Democrat 04/05/2016)
Formed in 2014 among graduate students at the Eastman School of Music, the East End Quartet took first prize at both the Music Teachers National Association National Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition during 2015. Drawing inspiration from their leadership roles in the Eastman Saxophone Project, East End frequently performs from memory. East End devotes much of its time to expanding the repertoire available to saxophonists.
(New Castle News 04/05/2016)
Featured violinist Mark Huggins was named associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1987. … A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Huggins has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon Trio with Harry Franklin and Anne Martindale …
Pianist Sam Reich to perform in Urbana
(Springfield News Sun 04/05/2016)
He has performed throughout the U.S. as well as South America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Reich graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra honors area music teachers
(Irondequoit Post 04/05/2016)
Brian Bohrer, of Rush Henrietta High School, was chosen to receive an award.
Bohrer directs three choirs at the Rush Henrietta Senior High School and teaches an introduction to theater course. … He holds a Bachelor of Music in education and vocal performance from Ithaca College and a Master of Music in vocal performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music.
Free jazz concerts this weekend at Lee College Performing Arts Center to include college bands …
(The Vindicator 04/05/2016)
Lee College’s own Thursday Night Band and Bayou Big Band will take the stage at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) for a free, jazz-filled weekend that will also feature an improv clinic and concert from Michael Davis, the acclaimed trombonist and composer widely known for his work with The Rolling Stones and the legendary Frank Sinatra.
… Davis quickly found his stride with the trombone in high school and attended college at the prestigious Eastman School of Music.
Symphony 50th Finale to Feature Kentucky Wesleyan Guests, Symphony Chorus
(SurfKY News (registration) (blog) 04/05/2016)
Diane Earle is Artist in Residence, Director of the Music Program, and Professor of Music at Kentucky Wesleyan College. … She did additional doctoral and post-doctoral study at Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Music Academy of the West, Blossom Festival …
(The Mountain Jackpot 04/05/2016
Classical Performance. The Colorado Springs Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present Madeleine Woodworth in a Rising Star organ recital at the First Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. The program will include works by Bach, Widor, Franck and Dupré. Madeleine is a sophomore at the Eastman School of Music, studying organ with Nathan J. Laube. In addition to giving performances in the Rochester area, Madeleine sings in the Christ Church Schola Cantorum and the Eastman Chorale.
Annual Oceanside spring concert
(The Parksville Qualicum Beach News 04/05/2016)
The 35-member band will be performing under the direction of Dr. Paul Rathke with soloist drummer Wayne Finucan.
Rathke … He holds a degree from the Eastman School of Music …
Rochester Philharmonic League announces Young Artist Auditions winners
(Gates-Chili Post 04/04/2016)
This year’s Special Award winner is Micah Harrow, a home-schooled senior from Honeoye Falls and student of Ruth Cahn at the Eastman Community Music School. Harrow currently plays percussion and timpani in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, where he recently won the RPYO concerto competition and performed during the annual RPYO/RPO Side-by-Side concert in Kodak Hall.
(Olean Times Herald 04/04/2016)
Posted in Rintaro Wada’s orchestra room at Olean High School is a quote by Dr. Max Bendiner that affirms the sentiment: “Music may achieve the highest of all missions: She may be a bond between nations, races and states, who are strangers to one another in many ways; she may unite what is disunited, and bring peace to what is hostile.”
Wada has led the orchestra program since 2004 after spending five years with Bolivar-Richburg Central School. Originally from Tokyo, he trained at the Eastman School of Music, majoring in cello performance, and now performs in the region with the Chamber Music Society of Olean.
(Democrat and Chronicle 04/04/2016)
The Rochester area offers a plethora of arts opportunities for fun, summer learning. Here is a sampling of 10 area summer camps:
What: The Eastman School of Music Summer at Eastman program offers residential music programs and camps for middle and high school students, week-long institutes devoted to various instruments or specialties, half-day music workshops for youths and collegiate classes in Music Education, Music History, and Music Theory.
After years of development, Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment’s ambitious time-bending Xbox One/PC game Quantum Break arrived this week to mostly positive reviews. The game’s main point of distinction is that its story is told across a game and a TV show. We recently had the chance to speak with composer John Kaefer, who wrote the music for the TV show element (in-game music was composed by Alan Wake’s Petri Alanko), who told us all about working on his very first game. … I continued my studies in college and earned degrees from The Eastman School of Music, Yale School Of Music, and The Juilliard School.