New design features many enhancements, including opportunity to hear the “Sounds of Eastman”

October 13, 2003

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Eastman Office of Communications, 585-274-1050

ROCHESTER, NY — The Eastman School of Music today launched a new web site, intended to better showcase the many facets of the School to its numerous online visitors.

The site, found at www.rochester.edu/Eastman, features a striking new design; improved functionality; increased information for prospective and current students, alumni, and other visitors; additional graphics; and greatly enhanced concerts-and-events and news sections. In addition, visitors may now experience online the “Sounds of Eastman” — a diverse sampling of a dozen recently recorded performances featuring several of the School’s students and ensembles, including the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Jazz Ensemble, and Eastman Chorale, among others. (This function requires a high-bandwidth connection and an MP3 player such as Windows Media Player, Winamp, or iTunes.)

The entire re-design and programming of the site — as well as the extensive planning and research that went into its development — was done in-house by Eastman’s Office of Communications. The primary project team included creative arts director Amy Vetter, programmer Noah Lapidus, and creative arts assistant Nathan Martel. They were assisted by their departmental colleagues as well as several members of the Eastman faculty, staff, and administration.

“Our goal was to create an enhanced, forward-thinking site that captures the essence of the Eastman experience and community,” said Vetter, who oversaw the project and established the initial design. “While additional improvements are on the horizon,” added Lapidus, “we are pleased to have developed a vastly improved feature set and code-base with this redesign.”

Recognized as one of the world’s premier music schools, the Eastman School of Music offers the finest quality music instruction at the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Founded in 1921 (by Eastman Kodak Company founder George Eastman) as the first professional school of the University of Rochester, the School is dedicated to the comprehensive education of musicians and to enriching the musical life of the community. With more than 8,000 alumni, Eastman graduates have had a profound impact on the musical life of this country and abroad, holding a variety of positions of prominence in the arts world.