Eastman News Highlights December 12, 2016

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.)

Bryant: The 1st Day of Giving

(Democrat and Chronicle 12/09/2016)

At the dress rehearsal for the New Horizons Band holiday concert, conductor Alan Woy said that there are four stages of life. In the first stage, you get presents from Santa. … In the fourth, you look like Santa.

The joke got big laughs from the musicians, especially those who share Santa’s hair color. New Horizons is an Eastman Community Music School program designed to give seniors a chance to play music together. Its band gathered Thursday to practice “Angels in the Bleak Midwinter,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and other songs they will play during their Sunday concert. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for New Horizons Play It Forward program.

Eastman School alumni up for Grammy awards

(Rochester Business Journal 12/07/2016)

The Eastman School of Music announced late Tuesday the nomination of six alums for Grammy Awards.

The Steve Gadd Band was nominated in the category Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, for “Way Back Home: Live from Rochester, NY.”

Bob Ludwig received a nod in the category Best Engineered Album non-classical, for “Are You Serious.”

Sean Connors received a Grammy nomination as part of the ensemble Third Coast Percussion, in the category Best Chamber Music, for Steve Reich.

Kristian Bezuidenhout was nominated in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo, for Mozart Keyboard Music.

Two Eastman alumni are competing in the category Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Gene Scheer, librettist on “Higdon: Cold Mountain”; and composer Christopher Theofanidis for “Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto.” (Also reported by Topix, RocCity News, Democrat and Chronicle, 13WHAM-TV, WXXI News, RochesterFirst, One News Page)

From Kansas to Mount Pleasant: professor’s journey opening for famous bands to teaching at CMU

(Central Michigan Life 12/11/2016)

Brad Deroche used to perform for rock bands like Kansas and Ted Nugent. Now he’s a music teacher in Mount Pleasant.

Deroche began teaching shortly after being accepted into the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He’d make the eight-hour drive between Michigan’s Delta College to Eastman once a week to complete his doctorate degree.

Renowned soprano Emily Helenbrook amidst heavy slate of local concerts

(The Daily News Online 12/10/2016)

“I’m very luck to have all these commitments,” Helenbrook, 22, said. “It’s a little stressful trying to fit it all in with the end of the school year, but it’s been a pleasure.”

At 17 she performed at Carnegie Hall and this past spring she graduated from Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Eastman School of Music senior offers college music audition workshops

(Del Mar Times 12/09/2016)

Daniela Camilleri, a senior at the prestigious Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, NY, is no stranger to auditions. She has …

Enjoy concerts at bandmasters meeting

(The Natchez Democrat 12/9/2016)

This week, the Mississippi Bandmasters Association is hosting Colonel H. Bruce Gilkes and the Mississippi All-State Concert Band in Natchez.

Gilkes, former commander and conductor of The United States Air Force Band of the Rockies and The United States Air Force Academy Band is a native of New York. In 1962, he entered the Eastman School of Music where he studied trombone with Emory Remington and voice with Metropolitan opera bass-baritone Julius Huehn

Field to perform with Horizon Band

(Mason City Globe Gazette 12/7/2016)

The band was founded in 1991 and was sponsored by the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. The New Horizons Band at Music Man Square started in October 2004 with seven members. Today, there are approximately 50 members, with 208 affiliate bands across the United States, Canada and Ireland.

Home for the holidays with Uncommon Collective

(Connect Savannah.com 12/7/2016)

Since the last Uncommon Collective gig, bassist Enoksson moved from Savannah. Lowcountry newcomer Marc Chesanow takes his place on the upright bass. Since his arrival, the former Southeastern Community College professor and Eastman School of Music alum has helped arrange music for the Savannah Philharmonic, performed with Damon & The Shitkickers, and has melded right into the Savannah scene.

Tech Alumna Selected to Perform in NYC

(ATU News 12/6/2016)

A doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, Futterer took second place at the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition and was a finalist for the …

Eastman Community Music School to hold Winterfest

(Penfield Post 12/06/2016)

Students and ensembles of all ages at the Eastman Community Music School will participate during the school’s annual winter showcase, Winterfest, at various times and locations Dec. 17.

Winterfest features concurrent performances in several venues across the Eastman School of Music campus throughout the day. Performers range in age from elementary school to adults and include a wide array of music styles and ensemble types.

Semi-Finalists: 2016 Wideman Piano Competiton

(Shreveport Times 12/05/2016)

Alison Chiang is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance at the Eastman School of Music, where she also received her Bachelors and …

Royal Stage School of Music to perform free concert in Fanwood on Friday

(NJ.com 12/05/2016)

Feng is director of the nationally-recognized Highland Park High School Orchestra. She has extensive background in conducting and performing music, and has taught elementary and high school students, as well as adults. Her orchestras have performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She has a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in Music Education and Piano and Violin from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from Eastman.

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