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Hey, baby! New Kindermusik class for newborns and parents starts Jan. 20

Jan. 15, 2016—The Blair School’s award-winning Kindermusik program is expanding. This spring, Blair is pleased to add Cuddle & Bounce to our Kindermusic offerings. NEW CLASS! Cuddle and Bounce Ages: Infants-1 year with parent or caregiver Dates: 12:45-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, January 20-April 27 A class designed for new parents and their babies. Leave the world at the...

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Gregory Barz Publication Wins Prize

Jan. 13, 2016—The Society for Ethnomusicology recently honored The Cambridge History of World Music (ed. Philip Bohlman, Cambridge, 2014) with the Bruno Nettl Prize, an award that recognizes “an outstanding publication contributing to or dealing with the history of the field of ethnomusicology, broadly defined, or with the general character, problems, and methods of ethnomusicology.” Gregory F....

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Blair Children’s Chorus members named to honors choirs

Dec. 7, 2015—Sixteen members of the Blair Children’s Chorus program have been accepted to the Southern Division American Choral Directors Honors Choirs. Congratulations to these talented young singers! High School Women Kristen Stetzer Clara Warford High School Men Eli Culley Will Wallace Junior High SATB Don Pierce Garrett Scott Jennie Mae Sprouse Ben Strobel Treble Choir Santino...

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

Dec. 2, 2015—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....

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

Dec. 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...

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

Nov. 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...

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Blair School winners at MTNA Tennessee competition

Nov. 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...

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Estrella Consort, saxophone quartet, visits Blair Nov. 16

Nov. 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...

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Carol Nies named Arts Advocate of the Year by Nashville Singers

Nov. 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...

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Acclaimed trumpeter Jose Sibaja joins Blair faculty

Nov. 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...

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