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Blair welcomes three distinguished musicians as faculty

Jul. 12, 2016—Tenor Tyler Nelson Tenor Tyler Nelson joins the Blair faculty as an associate professor of voice.Nelson is one of America’s most promising young tenors and already enjoys success with a wide variety of concert repertoire. His recent engagements have included a performance of the Britten Serenade with the Utah Valley Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with...

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Blair’s composition majors immerse themselves in craft and collaboration

Jul. 12, 2016—  Collaboration and Kindness by Maria Browning Jack Coen loves flowers. A composition and theory major with minors in piano and organ, Coen, who graduated in May, cultivates orchids and has an avid interest in botany, so it’s not surprising that his innovative senior recital project, Folk & Flora, brought together the two things he’s...

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Blair students combine the resources of a major research university with intense music study

Jul. 12, 2016—A Day in the LIfe of Abbey and Brigit Fitzgerald Blair students major in music, often in addition to other disciplines, but they choose Vanderbilt for the social and academic opportunities the university offers that a traditional music conservatory cannot. This means Blair students are among the busiest on campus, continuing their intense focus on...

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Blair exports jazz to Colombia

Jul. 8, 2016—In June, a jazz quartet from the Blair School of Music visited Colombia as part of the Centro Colombo Americano jazz collaboration program to perform, teach workshops and participate in jam sessions with Colombian musicians in the cities of Medellin, Manizales and Pereira. Blair’s quartet—above, from left, rising senior David Rodgers on piano, rising sophomore Nic...

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Local music industry fuels expansion of jazz at Blair

Jul. 8, 2016—Nashville’s moniker “Music City” accurately reflects the proliferation of stellar musicians in town who play all types of music. At Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, Ryan Middagh, director of Blair’s jazz studies program, is taking advantage of Nashville’s place at the center of the music industry, using his ties to local musicians to push the...

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The fall 2015 production of Bernstein’s “Mass” exemplifies how Blair’s precollege and college programs build off each other

Jul. 8, 2016—By Bonnie Arant Ertelt, Photos by Daniel Dubois Mass takes place when the show’s lead character, the Celebrant, snaps, giving in to forces that make him question his faith. After a moment of uncomfortable silence, two children in his flock approach him, and through their innocence, begin to restore his faith in humanity. This is,...

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Thomas Crespo, BMus’11, returns as director of admissions

Jul. 2, 2015—New Director of Admissions Thomas Crespo is making a return to the Blair School — he graduated from Vanderbilt in 2011 with a bachelor of music in bassoon performance and double minors in leadership and organization and in corporate strategy. Crespo earned a master of music in bassoon performance and chamber music performance in 2013 from...

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Sagen and Schneller retire

Jul. 2, 2015—Dwayne Sagen, left, and Roland Schneller retired from the Blair School of Music June 30. Sagen, who served as assistant dean of admissions at Blair and also as director of bands since 1986, was honored with a composition written for him by Michael Kurek, associate professor of composition. Monument was given its world premiere at...

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Blair Faculty News

Jul. 2, 2015—Tucker Biddlecombe, associate professor of choral activities and choral director, served as conductor for the Florida All-State men’s chorus in 2014. He has also been engaged to conduct two all-state choruses in 2016, the Arkansas All-State Male Chorus and the New York All-State Mixed Chorus.       Mary Biddlecombe, adjunct artist teacher of chorus...

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Blair Founder’s Medalist to study in Vienna

Jul. 1, 2015—At 14, Nora Pertz began pestering her mother to let her study abroad. Her high school piano teacher found a program in Vienna in which Pertz studied piano the summer before starting college, and the Ashtabula, Ohio, native has never looked back. She has studied abroad twice more while at Vanderbilt (Maymester in Italy and...

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