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Jonathan Raviv, B.Mus. ’03, wins at Tonys with ‘The Band’s Visit’

Jun. 12, 2018—The Band’s Visit, a musical about an Egyptian orchestra stuck for a night in a remote Israeli town, swept the Tony Awards on June 10, winning 10 awards including Best Musical. The show’s small cast, which features Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in the lead roles, also features Blair alumnus Jonathan Raviv (B.Mus. ’03 in...

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A conversation with Andy Villemez, composer, performer and piano professor, B.Mus. ’10

Feb. 23, 2018—Name: Andy Villemez Blair Major/VU: Piano Performance Year of Graduation: 2010 Where you live now: Cincinnati, Ohio What does a typical day look like in your career? I wear many hats and do many different things. I am partly a professor. I teach courses in piano, piano literature, and piano pedagogy. I am partly a...

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A conversation with ALIAS Artistic Director Alicia Enstrom, B.Mus. ’09

Jan. 19, 2018—Name: Alicia Enstrom Blair Major/VU: Violin Performance/minor in HOD with emphasis in Leadership Year of Graduation: 2009 (She was slated to graduate in 2006, but took a break to pursue an opportunity to tour with international violin troupe Barrage.) Where you live now: Nashville What have you been doing since graduation? After graduation, I was...

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A conversation with National Symphony clarinetist Peter Cain, B.Mus. ’07

Nov. 16, 2017—Name: Peter Cain Blair Major/VU: Clarinet Performance Year of Graduation: 2007 Where you live now: Silver Spring, Md. (suburb of Washington D.C.) What does a typical day look like in your career with the National Symphony Orchestra? I’ll have four or five rehearsals and three concerts in a typical week. I’m either at rehearsal or...

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A Conversation with Blake-Anthony Johnson, B.Mus. ’12

Sep. 29, 2017—Name: Blake-Anthony Johnson Blair Major/VU: Cello Performance Year of Graduation: 2012 Where you live now: Miami Beach, Fla. What does a typical day look like in your career? That’s really hard to answer! Playing in Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra rehearsals three to five times a week, followed by concerts Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday...

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

Sep. 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...

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

Sep. 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...

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