Eastman News Highlights June 11, 2019

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.)

Ben Folds reunites with RPO in 2020

(City Newspaper 06/07/2019) 

Genre-bending musician Ben Folds will join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra next spring in a May 8, 2020 performance at Eastman Theatre’s Kodak Hall, as part of the 2019-20 season of “Eastman Presents.” Folds last performed with the RPO at CMAC in 2014.

Gateways Music Festival announces 2019 lineup, new events

(WHEC 06/06/2019) 

The Gateways Music Festival was founded in 1993 as a celebration of … 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 6 at Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music. 

Symposium on arts collaboration held at Eastman School of Music

(WXXI News 06/06/2019) 

Leaders from around Rochester gathered at the Eastman School of Music on Wednesday to learn about new ways to synchronize arts efforts downtown. Arts leaders from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Pittsburgh and Nashville shared their expertise at the Eastman School of Music as part of the Arts in the Loop symposium. 

Jim Doser brought them here. He’s the director of Eastman’s Institute of Music Leadership. … 

Lee To Host 15th Annual International Piano Festival

(The Chattanoogan 06/07/2019) 

The Lee University School of Music will present its 15th Annual International … Highly-praised performers and teachers Natalya Antonova, Dr. Heather Conner, and Dr. Henry Wong Doe are the guest artists for this year’s festival, along with Lee faculty Dr. Joong Han (Jonathan) Jung, Dr. ChoEun Lee, Dr. Cahill Smith, and Dr. Phillip Thomas. Smith and Thomas will serve as artistic director and executive director of the festival, respectively. … 

Ms. Antonova, …she currently teaches piano at the famed Eastman School of Music. 

Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival

(Rochester Business Journal 06/05/2019) 

Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival announces that Gaelen McCormick has been named executive director of the festival. She is a bassist and holds degrees in performance from the Eastman School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University. 

Skagit Symphony hires new music director

(goskagit.com 06/10/2019) 

Michael Bohnert Wheatley will join the Skagit Symphony as its new music director, the organization announced Monday. … Wheatley, who recently completed his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, said he plans to give attendees new … 

Dessoff Choirs Announces 2019-20 Season

(Broadway World 06/05/2019) 

As Malcolm J. Merriweather, Dessoff’s ninth Music Director explains … He received Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and in Vocal Performance from the studio of Rita Shane at the Eastman School of Music, … 


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