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Vanderbilt Musicologists Honored by Society for American Music

Mar. 30, 2016—Three musicologists affiliated with the Blair School of Music received honors at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Society for American Music held in Cambridge, MA, March 9-13. Dale Cockrell, Professor of Musicology (Emeritus), received the Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of his pioneering scholarship—propelled by intellectual innovation, remarkable breadth, and a deep sensitivity for...

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Tucker Biddlecombe, Director of Choral Activities, named interim director of Nashville Symphony Chorus

Mar. 28, 2016—The Nashville Symphony has announced that Dr. Tucker Biddlecombe, Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, will take over as Interim Director of the Nashville Symphony Chorus in July. Biddlecombe assumes leadership of the chorus from current Director Kelly Corcoran, who will step down from her post following...

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Blair Cello Choir performs National Anthem at VU-Georgia basketball game (photos)

Mar. 2, 2016—On February 20, the Blair Cello Choir, one of the ensembles in our precollege Suzuki program, performed the National Anthem before the Vanderbilt-Georgia men’s basketball game. The performance was a huge hit, and the ensemble has already been invited back to play again next season. Photos by Joe Howell, courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics.

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Blair Children’s Chorus members named to honors choirs

Dec. 7, 2015—Sixteen members of the Blair Children’s Chorus program have been accepted to the Southern Division American Choral Directors Honors Choirs. Congratulations to these talented young singers! High School Women Kristen Stetzer Clara Warford High School Men Eli Culley Will Wallace Junior High SATB Don Pierce Garrett Scott Jennie Mae Sprouse Ben Strobel Treble Choir Santino...

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A conversation with alumna Miriam Sherk, B.Mus. ’09

Dec. 1, 2015—Recently, we had the pleasure of chatting with Blair graduate Miriam Sherk, and listening with amazement to her day-to-day schedule and accomplishments as a music therapist. It was fascinating to hear how much of a role music plays in her work, in her ability to do her work, and, most importantly, in her ability to...

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Blair School winners at MTNA Tennessee competition

Nov. 16, 2015—The Music Teachers National Association Tennessee performance competition was held over the weekend at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Winners included the following Blair School precollege and collegiate students. Congratulations to all of them! Winner of Chamber Music String: Aurelius String Quartet (students of Stephen Miahky) Alternate of Chamber Music String: Soltis String Quartet...

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Carol Nies named Arts Advocate of the Year by Nashville Singers

Nov. 9, 2015—Congratulations to Carol Nies, the 2015 winner of the Carol Crittenden Arts Advocate of the Year, awarded by Nashville Singers. Below is the announcement from the Nashville Singers News. Congratulations, Carol! Dr. Carol Nies Selected to Receive the 2015 Carol Crittenden Arts Advocate of the Year Award Funding for and focus on the performing arts...

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Acclaimed trumpeter Jose Sibaja joins Blair faculty

Nov. 9, 2015—The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally acclaimed trumpeter Jose Sibaja as Associate Professor of Trumpet. He will join the faculty in August 2016. “I’m incredibly excited to join the Blair School of Music,” said Sibaja, “an institution that believes in the future of music, future...

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Blair School unveils the Kraus Collection, Oct. 24

Oct. 23, 2015—On October 24, immediately following the Blair String Quartet’s performance in Ingram Hall, the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University will formally unveil the Kraus Collection, a set of five music-themed paintings by noted artist Harold Kraus. The collection includes “Splendid Pipes,” a new work by Kraus that depicts the Blair School’s new Dobson...

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Listen: Joy Calico on Australian National Broadcasting

Sep. 21, 2015—  Joy H. Calico, Professor of Musicology at the Blair School of Music and Director of the Max Kade Center for European Studies at Vanderbilt University, recently spoke about her latest book, Arnold Schoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw” in Postwar Europe, on Australian National Broadcasting’s The Music Show with Andrew Ford. Listen to the interview...

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