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

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…

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 in , ,


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

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…

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in , , ,


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

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…

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 in ,


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

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…

Posted on Monday, April 4, 2016 in , ,


Vanderbilt Musicologists Honored by Society for American Music

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…

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in , , , , , ,


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

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…

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in , ,


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

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…

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in ,


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

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…

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in ,


Vanderbilt Steel Bands celebrates 10 years of amazing island sounds, Dec. 1

Monday, December 1 8 p.m., Ingram Hall Mat Britain, director Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Vanderbilt Steel Bands program with a musical trip to the beach! Let the Vanderbilt Steel Bands take you on an island cruise — calypso, reggae, soca, and maybe even a holiday tune or two! In addition to the usual…

Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 in , , ,


Blair alumna Shannon Thomas, violin, Nov. 8

Blair alumna Shannon Thomas, currently visiting assistant professor of violin at Florida State University, returns to campus to present an exciting recital with Frank Huang, assistant professor of piano at Miami University. The program includes Mozart’s Sonata in G major, K. 301; Debussy’s final work, his Sonata for Violin and Piano; Richard Strauss’ virtuosic sonata;…

Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in , , , ,