Alumna Maria Newman Returning to Eastman for Residency

August 28, 2019

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Maria Newman (BM ‘84), award-winning composer, violinist, violist, and pianist, will be in residence at the Eastman School of Music from September 7 through 13, 2019, sharing her musical talents and experiences with the Rochester community.

Newman will be featured on two faculty concerts, she will present a talk entitled “Breaking Through the Newman Shadow: Creating Your Unique Path in Music” through Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership (IML), and she will offer a unique presentation entitled “The Newmans of Hollywood” through the Beal Institute. Newman will also present a September 11th “In Remembrance” tribute concert, featuring four of her original works and several guest artists.

Maria Newman has been commended and recognized by the U.S. Congress for her work in the field of music composition, performance, and recording. As composer and performer, Newman’s original concert works and scores for historic silent films are presented around the globe in the world’s major municipalities, including such domestic venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol Building on Capitol Hill, the National Archives in Washington D.C., William Randolph Hearst Castle Private Theatre, the President’s Own Marine Band Barracks, Nokia’s NOVO Theatre, NYC’s Symphony Space, the Music Scoring Stages of 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros., to name but a few. Newman is featured regularly on radio and television worldwide in live recorded concert performances and spotlight interviews on broadcasts such as CBS Sunday Morning, and National Public Radio’s From the Top with Christopher O’Riley. George Wellington Miles Scholar of Yale University, Newman is an elected member of the American Academic Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda.

Newman’s work has earned her accolades as an Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow, a Mary Pickford Library & Foundation Composition Fellow, and as a Variety Music Legend. Newman is Composer-in-Residence, soloist, and concertmaster with the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, and is Music Director and Conductor of the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra. Often in the international spotlight, Maria Newman is the acclaimed soloist in Miklos Rozsa’s Viola Concerto with the Nuremburg Symphony (Germany) on the GRAMMY Award-winning Symphonic Hollywood CD, (Varese Sarabande label), and served as solo violinist and physical animation inspiration for the character of “The Grasshopper” in the 1996 Walt Disney release of Tim Burton’s, James and the Giant Peach.

Maria Newman is part of what is often referred to as the “Musical Newman Family Dynasty,” as the daughter of nine-time Academy Award-winning composer, Alfred Newman, the sister of film composers and conductors Thomas Newman and David Newman, and the cousin of Randy Newman. Maria Newman’s recording studio is based in Malibu, California, in a California craftsman venue designed by renowned architect, Eric Lloyd Wright, of the Frank Lloyd Wright Family of architects.

“As an Eastman alumna, Maria exemplifies so much of what we value and teach our students,” says Jamal Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. “Not only is she a gifted performer and an accomplished composer, Maria is an influencer and enlarger of the music community where she lives. We are so pleased to welcome her back to Eastman where she can inspire the next generation of artists who will impact their own communities.”

Newman’s Residency Includes:

Saturday, September 7, 7:30 p.m., Kilbourn Hall

Faculty Artist Series: Eastman Virtuosi

The program will include Maria Newman, violist and guest composer, assisted by Wendy Prober, piano, performing Newman’s The Ninth Hour of Divine Office. Also included in the program will be Glinka’s Trio Pathétique, with Eastman faculty members Marina Lomazov, piano; George Sakakeeny, bassoon; and Michael Wayne, clarinet; and Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25, with faculty Alexander Kobrin, piano; Renée Jolles, violin; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; and Steven Doane, cellist.

* Tickets are $10 for the general public and free to current Season Subscribers and UR ID holders. Tickets can be purchased by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at

Monday, September 9, 7 p.m., Howard Hanson Hall

“Breaking Through the Newman Shadow: Creating Your Unique Path in Music

In this Institute for Music Leadership (IML) public event, Maria Newman will speak about some of the difficulties of being born into a well-known musical family, and her attempts to break free of those barriers. She will also talk about projects, initiatives, and ventures that she has launched throughout her musical career in the light of success, failure, and lessons learned.    

Wednesday, September 11, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Ciminelli Lounge

“The Newmans of Hollywood”

A special musical conversation with Maria Newman and her longtime colleagues: Scott Hosfeld, violist; and pianist Wendy Prober. Newman’s storytelling and music-making will depict little-known tales of her famous family of musicians, their musical influences, successes and failures, hopes and dreams, paths and endeavors, and what it has been like to “grow up Newman.” A Q&A to follow, led by Eastman Faculty Reinhild Steingröver and Mark Watters. Presented by the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media.

Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m., Hatch Recital Hall

“In Remembrance: a Tribute to Courage, Heroism, and Hope for the Future

The program will include four works by guest composer and violinist Maria Newman, including: Songs from Time of War: A Breath of the Mississippi with Isabella Thatcher, soprano, Scott Hosfeld, violin, and Wendy Prober, piano; and Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express, performed by Newman, Thatcher, Scott Hosfeld, Prober, and Joaquin Hosfeld, percussion.

Thursday, September 12, 7:30 p.m, Hatch Recital Hall

Faculty Artist Series: Nicholas Goluses, Professor of Guitar

Goluses will play Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005 (arr. Goluses), Falla’s Homenaje pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy, Sor’s Fantasie, Op. 58, and Theodorakis’ Three Epitafios (arr. Goluses). Also included is the world premiere of a new solo work (Storge in three movements) composed for Goluses by Maria Newman.

* Tickets are $10 for the general public and free to current Season Subscribers and UR ID holders. Tickets can be purchased by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at

“It is my privilege and honor to have the opportunity to come and be at Eastman for a wonderful week of music making and conversation,” shares Maria Newman. “Eastman has made a huge difference in my life, and I do not know where I would be now if I had not had the remarkable experiences that I had there as a student!”

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About Eastman School of Music:

The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.

More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. They are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy Award Winners, Guggenheim Fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community.