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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...

MOOC update: Jen Gunderman films on location

October 19, 2015—The Blair School of Music will offer its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) early in 2016: “Understanding the Music Business: What is Music Worth,” taught by Assistant Professor of Musicology Jen Gunderman and offered through the Coursera platform. With the help of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning, Gunderman recently filmed segments of the...

A conversation with alumna Emily Nelson, B.Mus. ’10

September 30, 2015—We enjoyed spending an afternoon catching up with Blair School of Music alumna Emily Nelson, B.Mus. ’10. She talked about how Blair helped shape her as a person and a musician, and how Vanderbilt as a whole helped her discover what she wanted to do with her life. From teaching cello lessons and playing with...

Department Presents: Brecht, Music, and Culture

September 27, 2015—Update (10/5/2015): See a video of the performance here. Join us for a theatrical reconstruction of conversations between the Austrian composer Hanns Eisler and the Bertolt Brecht scholar Hans Bunge. The conversations will be performed by Sabine Berendse (Bunge’s daughter) and noted director Paul Clements. The performers will be available to sign copies of their...

Listen: Joy Calico on Australian National Broadcasting

September 21, 2015—  Joy H. Calico, Professor of Musicology at the Blair School of Music and Director of the Max Kade Center for European Studies at Vanderbilt University, recently spoke about her latest book, Arnold Schoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw” in Postwar Europe, on Australian National Broadcasting’s The Music Show with Andrew Ford. Listen to the interview...

Student tickets available for novelist Jonathan Franzen, Sept. 23

September 18, 2015—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...

Labor Day Weekend rehearsal schedule for youth orchestras

September 2, 2015—Due to the Labor Day holiday, Philharmonia will not rehearse on Sunday, September 6. However, Curb Youth Symphony will rehearse on Monday, September 7, as usual.

A conversation with alumna Sarah Williams, B.Mus. ’06

September 1, 2015—We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Blair School alumna Sarah Williams, B.Mus. ’06, and learning about her post-Vanderbilt music career. As a piano teacher, performing pianist and singer-songwriter, Williams’ days are a balancing act between creativity, efficient practice and time management. We asked her how she does it all and how Blair...

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

August 21, 2015—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...

Sophomore Rama Kumaran wins National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition

August 19, 2015—Blair School undergraduate student Ramakrishnan Kumaran has won first place at the National Flute Association’s annual Young Artist Competition. He is the youngest student ever to win this honor. Kumaran is a sophomore flute performance major studying under Philip Dikeman. He will perform a winner’s recital August 14 in San Diego at the 44th Annual...