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Blair’s relationship with BMI brings important composers to students and the Nashville community

The relationship between the Blair School of Music and music licensing organization BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) dates back more than two decades to a proposal initiated by Del Sawyer, then dean of the Blair School, and Frances Preston, BMI’s longtime president. “Frances and I were old friends,” says Sawyer, who recalls that the two attended…

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in , , , , , ,


Graduating senior Delesslin “Roo” George-Warren awarded 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Office of Honor Scholarships is pleased to announce that DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, a Class of 2014 voice and music composition major at Blair School of Music, is one of 40 students in the nation to be selected for the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship. As a student at Vanderbilt, George-Warren studied abroad in Berlin,…

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in , , , , ,


Aetas Trio takes third prize at MTNA national competition

The Aetas Trio, which consists of Blair School undergraduate students Matthew Lammers, violin, Ann Yeh, cello, and Marissa Uchimura, piano, won third place in the Music Teachers National Association nattional competition, held March 22 in Chicago.

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in ,


Blair students take top honors at NSO Curb Concerto finals

The finals of the Nashville Symphony’s annual Curb Concerto Competition were held Sunday, March 2, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and all three top finalists are Myra Jackson Blair Scholars in the Blair School’s precollege program. Violist Olivia Palazzolo won the grand prize, and will perform as featured soloist with the Nashville Symphony and Curb Youth…

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 in , , , ,


The Vanderbilt and Sun Yat-Sen Opera Exchange

A 10-member delegation from the Lingnan Student Opera League at Sun Yat-Sen University will visit Vanderbilt as a part of the “Opera Exchange” sponsored by Vanderbilt’s U.S.-China Center for Education and Culture. Since 2007, and especially since the establishment of the U.S.-China Center, Vanderbilt and SYSU have actively sought opportunities to create more learning exchange…

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 in , , ,


Billy Adair, Blair Big Band director and jazz advocate, dies at 66

  February 18, 2014 Media contacts: Kristin Whittlesey (615) 322-7656 kristin.whittlesey@vanderbilt.edu Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS jim.patterson@vanderbilt.edu William “Billy” Adair, a teacher, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and backbone of the jazz program at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, has died. He was 66. Adair, senior lecturer in jazz and director of the Big Band Program at Blair, died…

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in , , , ,


Nolan Harvel, Nashville Boychoir member, picked as featured soloist with Nashville Symphony

Blair School precollege student Nolan Harvel, a guitar student and member of the Nashville Boychoir, will be one of the featured soloists with the Nashville Symphony May 29-31. The program is part of the Nashville Symphony Chorus’ 50th anniversary celebrations, and features the chorus on Leonard Bernstein’s Chichister Psalms, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915…

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in , , , ,


Aetas Trio heads to MTNA national comptition

The Aetas Trio, which consists of Blair School undergraduate students Matthew Lammers, violin, Ann Yeh, cello, and Marissa Uchimura, piano, won the regional Music Teachers National Association division competition, which was held at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., on January 18. The trio will go on to compete in the MTNA national division…

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in , , ,


Cal Turner Jr. and Laura Dugas donate new pipe organ to Blair School

Cal Turner Jr. loves organ music. And sure, lots of people enjoy listening to the organ. But how many of them have pipe organs in their own houses? “I have to be the only husband in America who, without his wife’s knowledge, installed a pipe organ in a new home!” the Nashville-based philanthropist says with…

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 in , , , , , , , ,


Blair graduate Evan Mack receives new Vanderbilt alumni award

Evan Mack, B.Mus. ’03, is the recipient of one of the newest awards presented by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors — the Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award. The Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award honors an alumnus/a age 40 or younger, with a significant record of career achievement and a promise for future professional…

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 in , , , ,