Eastman School of Music, at the University of Rochester, announces the new Advanced Diploma in Concertmaster Studies, providing intensive and focused study with Juliana Athayde, Associate Professor of Violin and Concertmaster for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). The Advanced Diploma, open for current applications and to begin in Fall 2024, includes intensive study of solo and orchestral repertoire in lessons, and the program culminates in a mock audition capstone project where students are held to the expectations and qualities of a professional audition. Additionally, students will serve as leaders of Eastman ensembles, pursue significant professional performance opportunities, shadow Professor Athayde in her role as concertmaster of the RPO and receive individual mentorship as they prepare for their careers.
“I am thrilled with this opportunity to work with Eastman violinists preparing to embark on their careers as leaders in the orchestral world,” shares Athayde. “It’s gratifying to be able to share the insights I have learned over the past twenty years as a professional concertmaster. This unique and innovative program will provide students with a real-world understanding of what goes into this multifaceted career path.”
This program provides rigorous study in the areas of orchestral playing, audition preparation and execution, and leadership training, both on- and offstage. The curriculum is designed to prepare the most highly qualified candidates for a career as concertmaster of a professional orchestra and can be completed in one year of full-time study.
To learn more about the Advanced Diploma in Concertmaster Studies and other available programs, visit the Eastman website.
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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, Emmy 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. Additionally, more than 1,700 members of the Rochester community, from young children through senior citizens, are enrolled in the Eastman Community Music School.
About the University of Rochester:
The University of Rochester is one of the nation’s leading private research universities, one of only 62-member institutions in the Association of American Universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives undergraduates exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the Memorial Art Gallery.