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.)
Interested in Steve Jobs, Georgia O’Keefe or Alice in Wonderland? They are all explored in new music in the upcoming American concert season.
A new project by composer Kevin Puts, who won a Pulitzer for his opera Silent Night, is focused on the iconic Southwest painter Georgia O’Keefe. Letters From Georgia, for soprano and orchestra, receives its world premiere Nov. 12 by Renée Fleming and the Eastman Philharmonia in Rochester, N.Y. Both Puts and Fleming are Eastman School of Music alumni. (Also reported by WHQR and WPSU)
(Detroit Metro Times – 08/31/2016)
Thanks to Detroit Jazz Festival, metro Detroiters are fortunate enough for the opportunity to see renowned double bassist Ron Carter perform four times in four different settings over Labor Day weekend. This year, the festival has an even more …
Carter’s musical studies eventually led him to New York, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and a master’s in double bass from the Manhattan School of Music. Throughout his lengthy career, Carter has played double bass, electric bass, piccolo bass, and cello in numerous styles, culminating in his current recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded jazz bassist in history, with 2,221 sessions under his belt.
(The Globe and Mail 09/02/2016)
McGill’s move is part of a wider movement to teach entrepreneurship to non-business students. At the University of Rochester, the Eastman School of Music has proposed a new master of arts in music leadership being developed in collaboration with the university’s Simon Business School. If approved, the new degree would be offered next summer and count as a concentration for those who go on to earn an MBA from Simon.
“We see that many students are, by design and by necessity, creating their own musical arts organizations from which they develop their careers,” says James Doser, director of the Institute for Music Leadership at Eastman. “There are many ways for them to get arts administration degrees but not so many ways for them to focus exclusively on musical arts organizations and bring an entrepreneurial mindset.”
(Democrat and Chronicle 09/03/2016)
Raymond Feng developed a knack for playing the electric keyboard, his mother Hongyue Wang recalled, noting that was his favorite toy.
Wang and her husband, Changyong Feng, enrolled young Raymond at Eastman School of Music when they noticed his gift. They also noted their …
(Brooklyn Rail 09/01/2016)
[…] The band—Matthew Evans, Amy Garapic, and Moody—met as undergraduates at Ohio State University, where they bonded over the music of Steve Reich and David Lang. Now, several degrees, years, and apartments later, the trio is rattling the indie music scene by foregrounding its academic backdrop with inspired art-rock compositions.
Academia interweaves their musical paths—Garapic has lectured at Bard College and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Evans and Moody received graduate degrees from the highly selective Eastman School of Music in Rochester—so it is not surprising to hear their textbooks’ composers permeate their songs.
(Broadway World 09/01/20160
The evening is written by Paul Leavitt (Music), Shelley Herman Gillon (Book/Lyrics) and Harriet McFaul Pilger (Book/Lyrics). It is conceived and directed by James Will McBride and musically directed and accompanied by Alex LeFevre.
Alex has music directed productions in both the NYMF and New York Fringe Festival as well at the York Theatre Company, Primary Stages and Ars Nova. Artistic training: Eastman School of Music and …
(The Detroit News 08/31/2016)
“Detroit is one of the most knowledgeable music towns in America. …” Over the years, he’s played frequently with this year’s jazz festival artist-in-residence, Detroit bassist Ron Carter. …
“I met Ron when he was a young man coming out of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. I’m privileged to have had him on many of my records. I have to give him a lot of credit for dressing up a lot of our music,” Benson said.
KWC names scholarship for Diane Earle
Earle also did additional doctoral and post-doctoral work at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and Indiana University.
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