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A conversation with alumna Miriam Sherk, B.Mus. ’09

December 1, 2015—Recently, we had the pleasure of chatting with Blair graduate Miriam Sherk, and listening with amazement to her day-to-day schedule and accomplishments as a music therapist. It was fascinating to hear how much of a role music plays in her work, in her ability to do her work, and, most importantly, in her ability to...

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

November 17, 2015—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...

Blair School winners at MTNA Tennessee competition

November 16, 2015—The Music Teachers National Association Tennessee performance competition was held over the weekend at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Winners included the following Blair School precollege and collegiate students. Congratulations to all of them! Winner of Chamber Music String: Aurelius String Quartet (students of Stephen Miahky) Alternate of Chamber Music String: Soltis String Quartet...

Estrella Consort, saxophone quartet, visits Blair Nov. 16

November 10, 2015—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...

Carol Nies named Arts Advocate of the Year by Nashville Singers

November 9, 2015—Congratulations to Carol Nies, the 2015 winner of the Carol Crittenden Arts Advocate of the Year, awarded by Nashville Singers. Below is the announcement from the Nashville Singers News. Congratulations, Carol! Dr. Carol Nies Selected to Receive the 2015 Carol Crittenden Arts Advocate of the Year Award Funding for and focus on the performing arts...

Acclaimed trumpeter Jose Sibaja joins Blair faculty

November 9, 2015—The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally acclaimed trumpeter Jose Sibaja as Associate Professor of Trumpet. He will join the faculty in August 2016. “I’m incredibly excited to join the Blair School of Music,” said Sibaja, “an institution that believes in the future of music, future...

Curb Youth Symphony Concerto Competition winners announced

November 1, 2015—The Curb Youth Symphony 2015 Concerto Competition was held on Sunday, November 1. The winners are, in alphabetical order: Joy Fan, violin Jenna Mangum, violin Honorable mentions, also in alphabetical order: Jocelyn Hartley, cello Dustin Lin, clarinet Kazuki Takizawa, piano

Trumpeter Jens Lindemann at Blair Oct. 30

October 26, 2015—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...

Children’s Chorus: Choristers is CANCELLED on Oct. 26

October 25, 2015—Choristers rehearsal, which usually takes place 6:20-7:20 p.m. Mondays, is cancelled for October 26. Concert Choir, however, will meet as scheduled.

Blair School unveils the Kraus Collection, Oct. 24

October 23, 2015—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...