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Precollege panel discussion: The Challenge of Practicing, Feb. 21

Join us for a precollege panel discussion: The Challenge of Practicing — Tips for Parents, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, Room 2192 at Blair. It’s something almost all parents of young musicians struggle with: How do you help your child build good practice habits, stay motivated, and practice his or her instrument effectively? Blair faculty…

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 in , , ,

A Conversation with Guitar Virtuoso Robben Ford, Feb. 2

UPDATE: For those who are not able to attend this evening’s Conversation with Robben Ford in person, the event will also be streamed live online starting at 8 p.m. CST. The feed may be viewed via our streaming site in the Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall window. On Tuesday, February 2, at 8 p.m.,…

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in , , ,

Bassist Felix Pastorius joins Blair Big Band and Jazz Choir, Dec. 3-4

Felix Pastorius, acclaimed jazz bassist, member of the Yellowjackets and Hipster Assassins and son of late jazz legend Jaco Pastorius, will perform with the Blair Big Band and Blair Jazz Choir on their season-ending concert, 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in Ingram Hall. Saxophonist Jeff Coffin, the newest member of Blair’s jazz faculty, will also perform….

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 in , , ,

Bang on a Can All-Stars visit Blair for master class Nov. 19

While in Nashville to perform Julia Wolfe’s acclaimed “Steel Hammer” at OZ Arts Nashville this weekend, Bang on a Can All-Stars will visit Blair for a chamber music master class. The class will take place from 12:20-2:25 p.m. Thursday, November 19, in Instrumental Rehearsal Hall. Participation in the class is limited to Blair students by…

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in , , ,

Estrella Consort, saxophone quartet, visits Blair Nov. 16

The Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet founded at Arizona State University, will visit the Blair School on Monday, November 16, for a mini-concert and master class with Blair’s saxophone students. The recital runs 1:10-2 p.m. in Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall, and the master class runs 2:10-3:20 p.m. in Choral Hall. Both events are…

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in

Trumpeter Jens Lindemann at Blair Oct. 30

Trumpeter Jens Lindemann is hailed as one of the most celebrated soloists in his instrument’s history and was recently named “International Brass Personality of the Year” (Brass Herald). He has played in every major concert venue in the world, from the Philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, London, and Berlin to Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and…

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 in , , ,

Blair School unveils the Kraus Collection, Oct. 24

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…

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015 in , , , , ,

Student tickets available for novelist Jonathan Franzen, Sept. 23

Novelist Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and Freedom, will speak at the Blair School’s Ingram, Hall on Wednesday, September 23, talking about his new novel, Purity. Tickets are $33.50, which includes a copy of the book. Tickets are available through the Salon@615 website. Discounted student tickets are available for just $5, and the ticket…

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2015 in

“College 101” info session for high school students, families, Aug. 30

The Blair School of Music admissions team invites high school students and parents to “College 101: The Blair Necessities.” We’ll answer questions and offer guidelines to prepare for any college application and/or music school audition — not just for the Blair School — and provide a general overview of financial aid and scholarship opportunities. If…

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015 in ,

Our Suzuki program is expanding – open house August 15

This fall, the Blair School of Music is expanding our Suzuki violin program. We’ve added a new instructor, Tina Simpson, and expanded the hours of our existing instructors. It’s the perfect time to get your child involved! Suzuki instruction builds students’ self-discipline and character. It does require a commitment from parents as well as students,…

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 in , ,