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A Conversation with alumnus Michael Rinne, B.Mus. ’10

Apr. 4, 2016—Assistant Director of Admissions Molly Jewell had the pleasure recently of catching up with Blair School of Music alumnus Michael Rinne (B.Mus. ’10), an in-demand bass player. Rinne stopped in on a day off from touring with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Rinne’s days are booked from beginning to end, with rehearsals, practice, recording and...

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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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Vanderbilt Percussion Group performs March 20 at Blair, April 1 at Frist Center

Mar. 18, 2016—Vanderbilt Percussion Group is the Blair School of Music percussion studio’s premier performing ensemble, directed by Ji Hye Jung. VPG’s repertoire includes contemporary works for unconducted chamber percussion ensemble. VPG’s spring program includes music that resonates with listeners from all backgrounds, with styles ranging from classical to jazz to R&B and tango. The concert features...

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Comic opera ‘Speed Dating Tonight!’ March 19 at Blair, March 28 at City Winery

Mar. 18, 2016—Following its grand-scale fall production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Vanderbilt Opera Theatre returns with a change of pace. Written in 2013 by American composer Michael Ching, Speed Dating Tonight! is an immersive, interactive comic opera in one act about ordinary people looking for love in a post-millennial world. This intimate, character-driven show, set in a...

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Novelist Julian Barnes and pianist Angela Hewitt in residence March 23-25

Mar. 17, 2016—Booker Prize-winning novelist Julian Barnes and highly acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt join forces for an exciting musical and literary residency at the Blair School March 23-25. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to see two such important and esteemed artists from different disciplines on the same stage. It will be an unforgettable week of prose...

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Cheekwood in Bloom spotlights Blair performers

Mar. 15, 2016—For the fifth year in a row, Cheekwood’s annual Cheekwood in Bloom spring celebration will include a special Drawing Room Concert Series featuring Blair School of Music performers. The last two Sundays in March and every Sunday in April, from 2-3 p.m., a different Blair musician or ensemble will perform an hourlong concert in Cheekwood’s...

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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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Precollege scholarships for 2016-17: Application deadline is MARCH 14

Feb. 18, 2016—Applications are now open for precollege scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year. Precollege students study with the same acclaimed instructors who teach our collegiate music majors! Merit and need-based awards are available for qualified elementary, middle and high school students. Complete information about available awards is available on the scholarships page, Applications are due by...

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

Feb. 18, 2016—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...

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