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Jenna Mangum

Blair precollege, adult and undergraduate students learn from each other

  Most undergraduate students don’t have much contact with younger or older learners during their college years. They inhabit a sort of educational island populated exclusively by 18- to 22-year-olds. Not so at Blair, where undergrads share space daily with music students of all ages. “We don’t have any walls between our precollege and college programs,”…

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

Kaili Wang, Maggie Kasinger, David Bender win at Curb Concerto Competition

For the second year in a row, Blair School precollege students took top honors at the annual Nashville Symphony Curb Concerto Competition, held March 15 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Violinist Kaili Wang, a student of Carolyn Huebl, associate professor of violin, was the grand prize winner. Wang, 15, is a ninth-grade student at Harpeth Hall…

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 in , , , , , ,

9 Blair Children’s Chorus members headed to National Honors Choirs

Eight members of the Blair Children’s Chorus program went to Salt Lake City in late February to sing in the National Honor Choirs of the American Choral Directors Association’s National Conference. Blair’s singers were selected from more than 3,000 students from all over the United States who submitted auditions to sing in the honors choirs….

Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2014 in , , , ,

Faculty Notes, Summer 2014

Greg Barz, associate professor of musicology (ethnomusicology), was named Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor at Vanderbilt for 2013–14. He also published three articles in 2013 in the South Africa Journal of Humanities, the Cambridge Guide to World Music, and a special issue of Acta Academica. He serves on the board of the Society for Ethnomusicology as…

Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 in , , , , , , ,

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet master class Michael Hasel

Photos from master classes taught by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

  master class (‘ma:str klas) A class taught by an accomplished musician who individually instructs advanced students in performance and technique, often before an audience —Webster’s New World Dictionary Multiply accomplished musicians and classes by five, and it must mean that the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has returned to the Blair School of Music. For the fourth…

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in , , , , ,

Photos from Blair’s 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, March 16, 2014

  A combination of precollege, collegiate, and alumni singers and musicians performed John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” on March 16 at the Blair School of Music 50th Anniversary Gala Concert. For more information on future 50th anniversary concerts, visit “Blair Events” on our home page. Watch the Blair 50th year video here. Photos by Anne…

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 in , , , , , ,

Madeline Myers wins first annual Davenport Songwriting Contest

Madeline Myers, BMus’11, won the first annual Davenport Songwriting Contest sponsored by Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport (The Bridges of Madison County, Kinky Boots, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell) with her song “I Could Be a Hero.” The competition was held at the Davenport Theatre in New York City on January 30. Judges included singer/actor…

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 in , ,

Vanderbilt Chorale tours Florida

The Vanderbilt Chorale, under the direction of Tucker Biddlecombe, associate professor of choral activities and choral director, embarked on a tour of Florida in March. This newly formed ensemble serves as the core of the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir and is made up of two-thirds Blair music majors, and one-third non-music majors from various schools at…

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 in ,

Blair to host biennial college band directors conference

The Blair School will host the biennial conference of the College Band Directors National Association in March 2015. Seven of the finest wind orchestras from throughout the United States are expected to perform. In addition, leading scholars, conductors, and composers will give workshops, lectures, and presentations on topics relating to university wind ensembles and to…

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 in , , , , , ,

Christian Teal

Chris Teal, a beloved teacher and performer at Blair for 42 years, retires

As the Blair School of Music celebrates its 50th anniversary, one who has been a steady presence since Blair’s days on 18th Avenue South will be saying goodbye. Christian Teal, Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin and member of the Blair String Quartet, will retire at the end of the academic year after forty-two years of…

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in