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.)
(New York Times 01/27/2017)
The New Horizons International Music Association, a nonprofit program aimed primarily at adults over 50 who want to play in a group, has 10,000 participants in 232 bands and orchestras around the country. And there are 44 more ensembles in the planning stages, said Roy Ernst, who founded the organization in 1991.
“We’ve had steady growth,” said Mr. Ernst, a professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. “There are people contacting us all the time.”
Trinity International University Presents Nathan Laube Organ Concert
(Chicago Tribune 01/23/2017)
Renowned organist Nathan Laube will perform on the Casavant pipe organ at Trinity International University on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 pm, in the ATO Chapel on the Deerfield campus. A star among young classical musicians, concert organist Nathan Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Mr. Laube serves as Assistant Professor of Organ at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he teaches with distinguished professors David Higgs and Edoardo Bellotti.
Soprano Julia Bullock has the kind of voice that immediately captivates. It has an enthralling combination of power and pathos. The result is a highly expressive and intangible human empathy that Bullock will undoubtedly bring to the Lyric Theatre stage on Monday. A proven interpreter of contemporary classical music, Bullock has had a pivotal role in the performance of works by such illustrious living composers as John Adams and Kaija Saariaho. But the Eastman School of Music alumna is also at home with the repertoire of Purcell, Mozart, Ravel, and Schubert.
(Daily Messenger 01/25/2017)
IN CONCERT Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony – a subversive work on the Soviet-era composer’s part – takes center stage for this weekend’s performances by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester. Also on the program are Elliot Goldenthal’s Waltz and Agitato, “Pravda” – a world concert premiere – and Ravel’s “Sheharazade” featuring the voice of soprano Nicole Cabell, an Eastman School of Music alumna. winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
(Democrat & Chronicle 01/29/2017)
Requiem will be performed with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, and it will bring together four powerful guest soloists: soprano Kathryn Lewek, mezzo-soprano Renée Tatum, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and bass Raymond Aceto. Lewek is no stranger to our area. A native of Connecticut, she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music.
Griffey is professor of voice at the Eastman School of Music. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Houston Grand Opera, among others. He holds a master’s degree from the Eastman School and also participated in the Met’s young artist program.
(Independent Mail 01/24/2017)
The contestants were driven and the decisions were difficult, but in the end six dedicated performers were named the winners and their prize comes on Sunday with a special concert. . . . The afternoon will also feature a special performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 by Dr. Howard Kim.
Howard Kim is an associate professor of music at Anderson University. He is the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and has won numerous honors, including the Audience Favorite Prize at the Josef Hofmann International Piano Competition and the Ozelle Rubenstein Award for Chamber Music.
(Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette 1/29/2017)
It was 2011 and David Gerstein was living across from the Arkansas Arts Center, right along the route of the annual Little Rock Marathon. While watching the runners race by that year, Gerstein, principal cellist for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, told himself that he would run in the next year’s marathon.
He attended the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York then earned his master’s degree from Rice University in Houston. He has played at Carnegie Hall in New York and even performed at the Great Wall of China. When not playing with the orchestra or running, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Hendrix College in Conway.
Church to host Choral Evensong, organ recital
(Webster Post 1/25/2017)
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road, Rochester, will host organist Caroline Robinson after its Choral Evensong service at 4 p.m. Feb. 5. St. Paul’s Choir will perform the traditional worship service that has roots in English cathedrals. Robinson will perform at the end of the service. She is a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music and holds a master’s degree in organ performance and literature. She currently serves as assistant organist at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester and as executive assistant for organ outreach with the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative.
(Cape Gazette 01/25/2017)
The St. Cecilia Guild has announced its program for the second half of its 2016-17 music season, with all events to be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes. The guild was established last year to bring to the city high-quality choral and instrumental music, and build partnerships with local audiences and arts organizations
At 7 p.m., Friday, March 17, there will be an organ recital by Zach Fritsch-Hemenway, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Yale University, and director of music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.