Q&A with Michael Burritt: Eastman Percussion Ensemble’s Shanghai Performance

The Eastman Percussion Ensemble (EPE) recently traveled to Shanghai, China to perform in the International Percussion Education Association (IPEA) Festival! We sat down with Professor of Percussion Michael Burritt, who leads the prestigious ensemble, to reflect on this amazing experience and talk about the benefits of performing outside of Eastman.   The Percussion ensemble recently performed…

Guests Artists at Eastman: December 2023

We are excited to welcome a wide-ranging group of guest artists and lecturers to the Eastman campus this month! Keep reading for information about each event and visit esm.rochester.edu/events for further details. Any Eastman Presents series artist who is offering a free masterclass will be included in this list, but their corresponding concert is ticketed.…

A Welcome Return to Eastman for Sean Connors ’04E of Third Coast Percussion

On November 30, a “single eight-armed organism” invades Eastman, when the GRAMMY-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion performs on the Kilbourn Concert Series. That vivid description of the group comes from the New York Times and is typical of the widespread acclaim Third Coast Percussion has received. This busy ensemble’s recent history includes several concert tours,…

Eastman Concerts & Events: December 2023

The Eastman School of Music is pleased to highlight some of the concerts and events taking place at Eastman this December. Presenting a wide range of events featuring internationally accomplished faculty and guest artists in addition to world-class student ensembles, these concerts will be held in Eastman’s stunning performance spaces: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre,…

Eastman School of Music Alumni & Faculty Receive Nominations In the 66th GRAMMY Awards

Several graduates of the Eastman School of Music, along with Sara Gazarek, Eastman’s newly appointed Associate Professor of Jazz Voice, have received nominations in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s 66th GRAMMY Awards:   Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance Third Coast Percussion including Sean Connors ’04E, percussion, Between Breaths Roomful Of Teeth…

15 Years of the Lakes Area Music Festival

Originally published in the September 2023 issue of Notes, Eastman’s alumni magazine. When cellist and pianist Scott Lykins ’09E, ’11E (MM) completed his undergraduate degree at Eastman in 2009, he realized he needed to earn money over the summer instead of attending the usual summer music training festivals. He planned a return to his hometown…

Eastman School of Music Announces a New Advanced Diploma in Concertmaster Studies

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…