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.)
(The Seattle Times 09/25/2016)
Diane Thome’s memoir “Palaces of Memory” chronicles the groundbreaking career of the composer and University of Washington faculty member. …
Piano lessons started at 7; composing at 8 (“little piano pieces with fanciful names”), composition lessons at 12 with Robert Strassburg, then scholarships, music camps and the . Thome worked with and encountered a long slate of distinguished composers, including Darius Milhaud and Howard Hanson (who wished her success, “… but I hope you won’t write any of that terrible electronic music!”). Then came an early marriage to fellow musician Joel Thome, and a scholarship to graduate school at Princeton, where she worked closely with Milton Babbitt.
Virginia Symphony welcomes new members for 96th season
(Williamsburg Yorktown Daily 09/25/2016)
Angelina Weber (violin)
Weber graduated from McGill University (Montreal, QC) in 2014 with a Master of Music degree, having studied with Mark Fewer and Alexander Read. Previously, Weber attended the Eastman School of Music</strong (Rochester, NY) where she studied with Lynn Blakeslee and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance, with Distinction.
(Democrat and Chronicle 09/24/2016)
In 2003, Eastman School of Music student Patrick Laird asked his friend, percussionist Ivan Trevino, to play drums for a cello rock group he was forming.
“I didn’t know what ‘cello rock’ was or what that would sound like,” said Trevino. “But I’m a rock musician at heart, and so is Patrick. I think we were some of the few people at Eastman who had a big passion for that genre. We really connected.”
The first gig of what would become the group Break of Reality was in Java’s Café next to Eastman, with only a handful of people watching. But with each gig came more listeners, and other <strongEastman-based cellists would fill in to round out the three-cello-and-drums lineup. …
(The Missoulian 09/24/2016)
Weeks ago when Carl DuPont, an African-American bass-baritone singer and educator, agreed to fly to Missoula to be the featured soloist for Sunday’s Concert to End Gun Violence, he had no idea that his home of Charlotte, North Carolina, would be embroiled by protests.
He went on to study at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in New York. At his junior recital, he performed a program that included spirituals as well as German Lieder and French mélodie. A conversation afterward brought a revelation and a new path. ..
(El Paso Times 09/22/2016)
El Paso Pro-Musica’s leaders believe music, in all its vibrant and diverse forms, is a huge part of community and leads us forward
The main season kicks off Sept. 30 with the Ying String Quartet and a CD release party. The quartet, which is quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., will celebrate the release of “Re-Imagined; Schumann and Beethoven” that weekend through shows in El Paso, Las Cruces and Carrizozo, N.M.
(Tribune Star 09/22/16)
Paul Bro and Scotty Stepp on saxophone and pianist Martha Krasnican will perform as part of the Indiana State University Faculty Artist Series …
Krasnican is director of the accompanying program at Indiana State. She graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Brooks Smith, Barry Snyder and Frank Glazer.
Eastman Audio Research Studio charts new territories at Eastman School of Music
(Henrietta Post 09/21/2016)
The Eastman Audio Research Studio is defining a new vision for the teaching and creation of electronic music while building on the foundation of the computer music center founded at Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester, in 1981 by Allan Schindler. …
EARS is a platform for research, experimentation and creation of new works and sound art at the intersection of musical expression and sound technology. …
Scholar Athlete of the Week: Dylan Ocorr
(WHEC News 10NBC 09/20/2016)
Ocorr’s world is full of more than kicks and saves on the soccer pitch, he’s also the captain of Finney’s basketball and baseball teams and he’s a 4.0 student. But he’s not just bouncing between school and sports, Dylan spends a lot of his time playing multiple instruments at the Eastman School of Music.
“I’d say that’s really my passion, is saxophone and playing jazz,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to college and going to school for music.”
(Democrat and Chronicle 09/20/2016)
Like this coming Thursday night at the Rochester Fringe Fest. I expect to be thoroughly entertained by the fusion of images and music drawn from 1916 by TableTopOpera, a chamber-music ensemble of faculty, students, alumnae and friends of the . …
(Broadway World 09/20/2016)
On Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 PM, the quartet is at Oakland University’s Varner Recital Hall with OU faculty pianist Tian Tian performing …
Pianist Tian Tian began her piano studies at the age of four in her native China. … and then earned a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music.
(The Chattanoogan 09/19/2016)
The recital will feature Lee University Assistant Professor of Piano, Dr. Cahill Smith, as well as UT Knoxville Lecturer of Violin Geoffrey Herd, violist Deanna Anderson, and cellist Heather Anderson. The program includes piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms.
Dr. Smith performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, including three programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, as well as venues in China, Ukraine, England and Ireland. While pursuing his doctorate at Eastman School of Music, he received the Douglas Lowry award for excellence in performance, won the Eastman Concerto Competition, and was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Teaching as a graduate assistant. He also holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Deanna Anderson, a Minneapolis–Saint Paul native, is a freelance performer and teacher recently based in Paris, France. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Conservatoire de Paris. Through the Conservatoire de Paris, Ms. Anderson has performed in collaboration with the Ensemble Intercontemporain with conductor Mattias Pintscher. She has also participated in numerous small-ensemble contemporary music projects.
Currently based in Chattanooga, Heather Anderson teaches and performs as a chamber and orchestral musician. She has performed with the Greenville Symphony, the Eastman Philharmonia, and the National Orchestral Institute Orchestra, among others. Recently, she has held principal positions with the Orford Academy Orchestra and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra. Heather holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with David Ying of the Ying Quartet.
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