Eastman News Highlights July 24, 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.)

LEIMAY Unveil World Premiere of FRANTIC BEAUTY at BAM

(Broadway World 07/18/2018) 

The piece features an original score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards). 

Four-time Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal is known for his music for film, media, theater, and the concert hall. His most acclaimed film scores include the Netflix originals House of Cards, Blackfish, and Queen of Versailles. Other lauded film scores include HBO’s Carnivale and Rome and dramas Pollock and Appaloosa. 

Beal graduated from the Eastman School of Music, where he was commencement speaker and honored alumnus in 2011. He now mentors and encourages young composers as a participant in the Sundance Film Composer seminars and as a guest lecturer at conservatories. 

American Classical Orchestra Opens Season at Lincoln Center with Prodigy Adrian Romoff

(Broadway World 07/20/2017) 

Artistic Director and Founder of the American Classical Orchestra, Thomas Crawford is a champion of historically accurate performance styles in Baroque, Classical and Early Romantic music. … 

He holds a Bachelor of Music in composition and organ performance from Eastman School of Music, where he studied choral and orchestral conducting under Samuel Adler. … 

On Top of the World! – International Success for NZ Musician

(Scoop.co.nz 07/23/2017) 

26-year-old Thomas Gaynor from Wellington has just won both first prize and audience prize in one of the most prestigious international organ competitions in the world. 

The first prize of £6,000 will make a welcome difference to Gaynor’s university fees at the Eastman School of Music in northern New York State. … He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts under David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. 

Classical musicians of African descent to perform in Rochester

(Press & Sun-Bulletin 07/21/2017) 

More than 120 classical musicians of African descent from throughout the United States will perform in Rochester from Aug. 8-13 as part of the 2017 Gateways Music Festival, in association with the Eastman School of Music. 

Vienna’s Jam Music Lab Gets University Accreditation

(Broadway World 07/18/2017) 

Located in one of Europe’s most beautiful and musically-rich cities, Jam Music Lab proudly celebrates its newly-attained University status. It is now a fully accredited academic institute. 

Renowned guest authorities, including Bill Dobbins, Director of the U.S.’s famed Eastman School, leading workshops, seminars and master classes. (Also reported by Jazzcorner) 

Music at All Saints by-the-Sea

(Boothbay Register 07/17/2017) 

This summer, since the arrival of its new Allen Digital Organ, All Saints has been able to bring to the Boothbay region a group of exceptional organists. … 

During July, Dr. Charles Sundquist is playing for the … Sundquist holds a doctorate in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently choral director at Mountain Lakes High School … 

Four winds

(Traverse City Record Eagle 07/16/2017) 

Laurie Sears picked up her first saxophone at 10 years old and has been playing ever since. … Sears recruited former students Myles Boothroyd, Eric Olson and Adam Olson to launch the Traverse City Saxophone Quartet in 2015. 

Myles Boothroyd, the quartet’s soprano saxophone, had already knew of Sears’ talent through word-of-mouth when he began playing instruments in sixth grade. 

Saxophone lessons from Sears, followed by years more from Eric Olson, were part of a slow revelation to pursue a career in music, he said. Boothroyd graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in music education before going on to receive his master’s in jazz performance from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is now earning a Ph.D. in musical arts at Eastman while working for the music school as a graduate teaching assistant. 

Calendar: What’s happening

(Shoreline Times 07/21/2017) 

Organ concert

Benjamin Henderson, will present a concert spanning three centuries of organ music, … Henderson is pursuing a degree in organ performance at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Nathan Laube. … 

EMF concerto competition winners to perform in concert

(Greensboro News & Record 07/20/2017) 

Elena Rubin, 19, of Pittsford, N.Y., will perform the Reinecke Flute Concerto in D major. She began her musical studies on piano at age 4, and is a Howard Hanson Scholar at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Rubin has served as principal flute in the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and the Mannes Philharmonic. This is her second summer at EMF. … 

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