Eastman School of Music Alumni Receive Nominations In the 65th GRAMMY Awards

Several graduates of the Eastman School of Music have received nominations in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s 65th GRAMMY Awards: Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Ron Carter ’59E, ’10 (Honorary), Remembering Bob Freedman Steve Gadd ’68E, ’17 (Honorary), Center Stage Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Renée Fleming ‘83E (MM), ’11 (Honorary), Voice…

National Science Foundation Grants $1.8 Million to Build Foundation for New Music Production Ecosystem: Researchers from the University of Rochester and Northwestern University Collaborate

A team of researchers from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, Warner School of Education & Human Development, Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and School of Arts & Sciences, along with Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, are collaborating to leverage and better utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) to empower musicians to…

Dreaming and Doing: An Outstanding Student Trombone Choir Visits Eastman

The motto of Atlanta’s Stephenson High School is “If you can dream it, you can do it.” This weekend, a longtime dream of the members of the school’s trombone choir and an Eastman trombone professor will come true. The Morris Trombone Institute, made up of students from different schools in the Metro Atlanta area (including…

Eastman School of Music Presents Brahms’ Treasured “German Requiem” on December 2, 2022

On Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Kodak Hall, the Eastman-Rochester Chorus (ERC) and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra (ESSO) will perform Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem, op. 45 (Ein Deutsches Requiem). The concert will be conducted by William Weinert and features student soloists Mary Fetterman ‘24E (MM), soprano, and Isaac Pendley ‘23E (MM), baritone.…

“Innocence, pride, and overwhelming joy”: ESSO Concert Features a Rossini Rarity

The Eastman School Symphony Orchestra presents its next concert on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Kodak Hall. Professor Neil Varon and DMA conducting student Matthew Straw will lead works by Grieg and Schumann, but the program also includes a vocal showpiece: Rossini’s short song cycle La Regata Veneziana, to be sung by senior…

Conductor Austin Chanu, Composer Florence Price, and an Eastman Premiere

The music of the African American composer Florence Price (1887-1955) has recently been the subject of excited attention. Many of her works have been unearthed and rediscovered, and one of her orchestral works, The Oak, has an important Eastman connection. DMA conducting student Austin Chanu will conduct the Eastman Philharmonia in a rare performance of…

EWE Presents an “Absolutely Unique” Concert with Eastman Connections

This Wednesday evening’s concert by the Eastman Wind Ensemble features many Eastman connections – in performers and in composers. Two Eastman alumni will join forces when guest soloist Nick Weiser ’10E (MM), ’14E (DMA) performs the Concerto for Jazz Piano and Wind Ensemble by Dana Wilson ’82E (PhD), a professor emeritus at Ithaca College. Mason…

How Bright the Sunlight: Eastman Philharmonia Performs World Premiere by Anthony Davis and Joy Harjo as a Gift to the Haudenosaunee People

On December 5, 2022, the Eastman School of Music will present the world premiere of 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis’ How Bright the Sunlight, a work for symphony orchestra and narrator, with a libretto curated by the first Native American US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. The narration is based on both the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving…

Neil Varon conducts Eastman Philharmonia

Exciting Programs from the Eastman Philharmonia & Eastman School Symphony Orchestra for the Remainder of Fall 2022 Semester

Two of Eastman’s most prestigious orchestras, the Eastman Philharmonia and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra (ESSO), under the baton of celebrated conductor Neil Varon, present a beautiful series of concerts this fall/winter. With repertoire that ranges from Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Beethoven to the premiere of a very special piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis,…

An American Dream Comes True: One Man’s Life in Music, at Eastman and After

This excerpt from the autobiography of the father of former Eastman School director Robert Freeman was published in Eastman Notes magazine this fall, shortly before Robert Freeman’s death on October 18, 2022, in Austin, Texas. We also offer the story on the Eastman website in tribute to Bob Freeman, who led Eastman from 1973 to…