Eastman Grant Programs Help Students, Alumni Realize Their Dreams

April 25, 2017

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For Media Only: Helene Snihur (585-274-1057, hsnihur@esm.rochester.edu)

Media Contact: Jim Doser, jdoser@esm.rochester.edu, (585) 274-1470


Providing support for innovative musical projects, opportunities for professional development, and entrepreneurial ideas has taken a leap forward at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. Two new grant programs join two existing programs to expand career enhancing opportunities for Eastman’s students and alumni.

The Institute for Music Leadership (IML) Grant and Mentorship Program and the Eastman/ArtistShare Partnership are expanding the depth of services the School offers students and alumni. The nine recipients in these new programs will join the 16 students awarded Arts Leadership Program (ALP) and Paul Judy Center grants in presenting a wide variety of projects and participating in internships across the country.

The reach of this support goes far beyond the Eastman campus, noted Jim Doser, director of Eastman School’s Institute for Music Leadership. “The breadth of projects encompasses performances of new music on both coasts, research and internships from north to south, classrooms of elementary students to national parks, and from Rochester to the world via the internet,” he said.

The existing ALP Grants and Paul Judy Center programs have continued to grow and impact both the development of Eastman artists and scholars and the communities where their work takes place. The Arts Leadership Program grants offer students opportunities to propose and receive funding for summer internships as Catherine Filene Shouse Fellows. This summer’s 13 recipients will participate in diverse internships that touch upon both emerging and traditional music and music-related fields, ranging from a Public Relations and Media Fellow at 21C Media Group in New York City to an Education and Outreach fellow at Sarasota Opera. The Paul R. Judy Grant Program, which provides funding for research and projects related to innovative ensembles, will support the commissioning of new music and related performances by students and alumni in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.

The new IML Grant and Mentorship and the Eastman/ArtistShare Partnership programs support students and alumni as they develop music projects, recordings, and entrepreneurial initiatives.  “The IML Grant and Mentorship Program combines start-up funding for a wide-range of projects with direct mentorship,” said Doser. “The six grantees announced this spring develop a cohort that learns together and supports each other, considering topics such as articulating the value of their projects, developing capacity for implementation, overcoming roadblocks, and assessing project success.”

The Eastman/ArtistShare Partnership provides a worldwide platform for outstanding students and alumni to connect with fans by sharing their creative process, documenting their work, and allowing fans to participate directly by funding and observing the creation of new artistic works. Eastman alumnus and multiple Grammy award winner Maria Schneider was the first ArtistShare artist and continues to share her work through this platform. Two Eastman students and one alumnus have been chosen to launch their projects through ArtistShare and join its roster of world-leading artists. Each of their projects will receive a national launch in the coming weeks.

Grant winners and their projects and/or internship organizations include:

Rachel Barnett: Administrative Intern at Mannes Preparatory

Lydia Becker: Assistant to Orchestra Director, Boston Early Music Festival

Matthew Bent: Intern, Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps

Owen Broder: American Roots Project/Recording

Matthew Burg: PR and Digital Media Fellow, 21C Media Group

Catherine Cole: Marimba Seminar Assistant, Marimba Productions, Inc.

Misty Drake: Education and Outreach Intern, Sarasota Opera

Peter Ferry:  Earsight Duo + Composer Danny Clay Collaboration and Tour

William Hume: Orchestra Operations Intern, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Yunyi Ji: Classic Jenny – Web-based comic about classical music

Daniel Ketter and Emlyn Johnson: Music in the American Wild and Sunset Concert Series

Jennifer Lawrence and Emily Cuk: Eastman Opera Collective

Anthony LaLena: Development and Operations Intern, ROC Music

Cameron Leach: hybrid: electro-acoustic percussion experience, Intern @ Third Coast Percussion and Heartland Marimba Festival

Hailey McAvoy: To Eastern Oregon and Beyond:  Laying the Foundation for Publication of Hub Miller’s Song Folio

Sergio Munoz: Spring Festival Administrative Assistant, Chamber Music Connections

Hannah Pearson: Bnb for Auditioning Music School Students

Brianna Robinson: Operations Assistant, Summer @ Eastman

Zachary Sheets: Switch Ensemble Tour and Residencies

Kelsey Stewart: Administrative Associate, Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance and Musical Storybook -Resource for Teachers

For more information visit www.imlgrants.org or contact Jim Doser, Director, Institute for Music Leadership, Eastman School of Music. jdoser@esm.rochester.edu; (585) 274-1470.

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