Eastman News Highlights July 10, 2017

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.)

Local organists compete in St. Albans, UK

(WXXI News 07/10/2017) 

Just 16 organists were selected to travel to England for the Festival, including artists from the UK, Germany, Hungary, Japan, and South Korea. Caroline Robinson is a doctoral student of David Higgs at the Eastman School. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Robinson is the only American accepted in this year’s competition. Another Higgs student at Eastman, Thomas Gaynor from Wellington, New Zealand, was also accepted. … 

Caroline Robinson, Thomas Gaynor and the other 14 quarter finalists will be at the festival in England through July 22, no matter how far they advance in the competition. This year’s events at the St. Albans Festival also include a tribute to David Bowie, a puppet show presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a harpsichord recital by Eastman School professor William Porter. 

Mark C. Hanson Named Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony

(Broadway World 07/07/2017) 

Mark will be a fantastic advocate for the power of our music.” … A trained cellist who studied at the Eastman School of Music for two years, he holds a … (Also reported by San Francisco Classical Voice and SFGate) 

‘Beauty and The Beast’ roars into Kaneland

(Kane County Chronicle 07/07/2017) 

One of the kids in the pit is Tim Hommowun, who has been playing cello since third grade and is performing in the Kaneland Arts Initiative’s pit orchestra for the seventh year. … 

Not only does he get the chance to be a core component of “Beauty and the Beast,” but Hommowun, who attends the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., … 


(TheaterJones Performing Arts News 07/07/2017) 

2017 Basically Beethoven Festival

Feature Performance: Steinway Artist Stephen Nielson, piano, is joined by Dallas Symphony Orchestra member …, and Caroline Nielson, mezzo soprano, in works by Beethoven, Francis Poulenc, Amy Beach, and two of Mr. Nielson’s own arrangements. Ms. Nielson is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and has performed nationally on PBS. 

A unique musical opportunity

The Londoner 07/06/2017) 

The concept for the New Horizons Band evolved from the research of Roy Ernst, a professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. London’s group was established in 1999. 

Lancaster native and pro vocalist wins award for new music business

(Lancaster Bee 07/06/2017) 

In the public eye, Lancaster native Jena Abati is best known for her singing 

Abati, who called winning the Chamber award “a huge honor,” said she created her Music Academy to give students in Western New York the same opportunities she enjoyed as a student at the Eastman Conservatory in Rochester, starting when she was just 12 years old. …, and later acceptance into the Eastman School of Music, where she continues to study. 

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