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Sophomore Rama Kumaran wins National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition

Blair School undergraduate student Ramakrishnan Kumaran has won first place at the National Flute Association’s annual Young Artist Competition. He is the youngest student ever to win this honor. Kumaran is a sophomore flute performance major studying under Philip Dikeman. He will perform a winner’s recital August 14 in San Diego at the 44th Annual…

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in , , , ,


Struck by car, Blair senior wants to increase pedestrian safety, disability awareness

On a Monday afternoon in early September, Blair School of Music senior Kelby Carlson was crossing Children’s Way, the street that runs in front of the Blair School, just as he had done countless times before. Carlson, who is blind, was with his service dog, a 4-year-old yellow lab named Elvis.

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 in , , ,


Thomas Crespo

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

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…

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 in ,


Dwayne Sagen and Roland Schneller

Sagen and Schneller retire

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…

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 in ,


Blair Faculty News

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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Dean Mark Wait, Founder's Medalist Nora Pertz, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos

Blair Founder’s Medalist to study in Vienna

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…

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in ,


Dobson Pipe Organ

Blair School of Music’s Dobson Organ, Opus 92

A Gift for the Future On February 7 and 8, the Blair School of Music hosted the inaugural concerts on its new Dobson Organ, Opus 92. Modeled after German organs of the 18th century, the instrument, built by the Dobson Organ Company and installed last August, is in the style that Bach would have known, thus…

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in , , , , , , ,


Vanderbilt BhangraDores

Blair’s Choral Prism concert unites Blair choral groups with university groups to bring vocal music to a broader audience

When Tucker Biddlecombe, associate professor of choral activities and choral director, first came to the Blair School of Music in 2012, Blair-based performing choirs were happy to have just a third of Ingram Hall filled for concerts. “There had been times when there were more people on stage than in the audience,” he says. What a…

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in , , , , , , , , , ,


Stephen Miahky

Blair welcomes eight faculty members in 2014-15

Stephen Miahky, Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin A teaching continuum More than most professions, music celebrates the line of succession from teacher to student. Almost all master performers are also master teachers, passing on knowledge gained from experience to the next generation. Stephen Miahky, Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin, understands the importance of this time-honored…

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in , , , , , , , ,


Blair works with students to combine music with a second major

Brian Cooper’s typical day at Vanderbilt would start early and end late. The musical arts (clarinet) and bioinformatics major, who graduated in May, played saxophone in the Blair Big Band, worked in the lab of Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences Antonin Rokas developing a tool to look at research on evolutionary genomics, and took…

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