fivebyfive: Eastman/ArtistShare® New Artist Project Announced

September 27, 2019

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For Media Only: Eastman Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator: Katey Padden; 585-274-1052,

For Institute for Music Leadership: Jim Doser; 585-274-1470,

For ArtistShare®: Jana Dagdagan,

photo by John Schlia Photography

The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and ArtistShare® have announced that the ensemble fivebyfive has been selected as an Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist Project. With flutist Laura Lentz, clarinetist Marcy Bacon, guitarist Sungmin Shin, bassist Eric Polenik and pianist Haeyeun Jeun, fivebyfive is the fourth project to be announced through the exclusive partnership of Eastman and ArtistShare, designed to recognize and support the careers and artistic development of exceptional Eastman students and alumni. 

The Eastman/ArtistShare project will allow fivebyfive to reach a broader community by creating a studio recording that documents their commissioning project, Glass Works. Inspired by the stained-glass artistry of Judith Schaechter, fivebyfive will commission, perform, and record new music to accompany a retrospective exhibition of Schaechter’s works. Schaechter has explored and pushed the limits of the stained-glass medium for over 35 years. Her singular, subversive and masterful approach has altered the landscape of contemporary American art. The ensemble will perform the work live at the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery and the recorded performance will become a part of the installation as it tours museums around the country.

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 About fivebyfive: 

fivebyfive is a Rochester NY-based quintet formed in 2015 with a mission to engage audiences in the collaborative spirit and creativity of modern chamber music by commissioning, arranging and performing a wide range of works for its instrumentation. The group performs works of today’s leading composers, supports emerging composers from around the world, and collaborates with artists across the disciplines. Through its workshops and educational concerts, fivebyfive aims to spark young people’s unlimited creative potential and inspire a deeper understanding of today’s chamber music. With a commitment to accessibility, fivebyfive performs in a variety of settings, offering affordable or free programming and sensory-friendly events. fivebyfive became a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in 2017. 

About ArtistShare®:

ArtistShare was founded in 2001 as the internet’s first crowdfunding platform, connects artists with fans in order to share the excitement and beauty of the creative process. The ArtistShare roster includes some of today’s most prestigious artists including Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-nominated writers, Guggenheim fellowship recipients, Doris Duke Foundation Recipients, NEA Jazz Masters, and Eastman alumna, composer, and orchestra leader Maria Schneider. ArtistShare projects have received 32 Grammy nominations and 11 Grammy awards.

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About Institute for Music Leadership (IML):

The Institute for Music Leadership was the first center of its kind in the country, created in 2001, with a particular focus on the changing state of classical music, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Always at the forefront of educating musicians of the future, the Eastman School of Music is dedicated to the comprehensive education of world-class musicians, scholars and leaders. IML serves as a center – and benchmark – for music leadership programs and activities and respond to and help shape America’s changing musical and cultural environment.

The establishment of the Institute for Music Leadership, and the generous support of foundations and philanthropists, has allowed the Eastman School to create a unique atmosphere among music schools, where ideas can flourish, and students are empowered to shape their own destiny by developing the skills and networks they need to adapt to the changing and challenging arts world. The IML is committed not to follow, but to lead, react, adapt and morph its curriculum to meet the needs of the musical world that our students will inhabit as professionals.

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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. 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, 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.