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…

Guests Artists at Eastman: November 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. All events are free and open to the public.   Jon Christopher Nelson, composer EMuSE Composition Symposium: Thursday, November 2 at 3:30 PM…

Faculty Artist Series Recital Featuring Eastman's New Tuba Professor Justin Benavidez

New Tuba Professor Justin Benavidez Prioritizes Diversity and Displays Artistry on Sunday’s Faculty Artist Series Recital

In a recent studio lesson, Eastman School of Music’s new Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium Justin Benavidez coached a student on the Eric Ewazen Concerto for Tuba. “Can you make it ring on every note?” Benavidez asked his student. Benavidez proceeded to demonstrate the ascending line with tones that rang out like warm bells.…

An evening of Jazz for Justice

Jazz for Justice is an evening of great jazz, fine food, and fun in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music to benefit the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar. This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 27 from 5:30-8:30 pm at The Commissary in Sibley Square, 250 E Main St, Rochester, NY…

Eastman School of Music to Host Conference on Equity & Inclusion in Music and Immersive Concert at Memorial Art Gallery

Eastman School of Music, at the University of Rochester, will host its inaugural Context Conference 2023: Contextualizing Equity and Inclusion in Music on November 3-4, 2023, in Rochester, NY. The conference concludes with an immersive, kaleidoscope-style concert open to both conference attendees and the public at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery called Classics with a Twist…