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

Nov. 17, 2014—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...

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Blair alumna Shannon Thomas, violin, Nov. 8

Oct. 18, 2014—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;...

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Pianist Roland Schneller honored on Sept. 13 for 50+ years teaching at Blair

Aug. 21, 2014—To help him celebrate more than 50 years of teaching at the Blair School of Music, current and former piano students of Roland Schneller will perform in concert in his honor. All of these artists were once precollege students at Blair Academy/Blair School of Music. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 13,...

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Nashville Sinfonietta kicks off fall concert season, Aug. 30

Aug. 6, 2014—Nashville Sinfonietta Dean Whiteside, director Saturday, August 30 7 p.m., Ingram Hall The Nashville Sinfonietta brings together Blair School musicians and their Nashville Symphony colleagues, under the baton of Blair alumnus and acclaimed conductor Dean Whiteside. This program consists of famous concertos through the ages. The central piece is Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, The...

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Violists Olivia Palazzolo, Dana Kelley at Primrose competition this week

Jun. 6, 2014—Olivia Palazzolo, age 17, and Blair alumna Dana Kelley, B.Mus. ’12, depart for the Primrose International Viola Competition on Saturday June 7. They are two of just 30 violists ages 15-29 selected to compete in the live rounds of the competition. Their fellow quarter-finalists are from Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, South Korea, the United...

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Blair alumnus Jonathan Chu, viola, appointed to St. Louis Symphony

May. 23, 2014—Jonathan Chu, who graduated from Blair in 2003 with a double-major in violin performance and economics, was one of three new violist appointments announced May 22 by the St. Louis Symphony. Chu is married to the symphony’s principal violist, Beth Guterman Chu, making them the seventh married couple in the orchestra. Chu was in the...

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Graduating senior Delesslin “Roo” George-Warren awarded 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship

May. 7, 2014—The Office of Honor Scholarships is pleased to announce that DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, a Class of 2014 voice and music composition major at Blair School of Music, is one of 40 students in the nation to be selected for the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship. As a student at Vanderbilt, George-Warren studied abroad in Berlin,...

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Blair alumnus Ben Edquist wins first prize at 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition

May. 5, 2014—Ben Edquist, B.Mus. ’13, won the $15,000 first prize in the finals of the 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and held on April 12, 2014, in Kilbourn Hall of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. At the Blair School, Edquist studied under Jonathan Retzlaff. Edquist is...

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Blair graduate Evan Mack receives new Vanderbilt alumni award

Dec. 17, 2013—Evan Mack, B.Mus. ’03, is the recipient of one of the newest awards presented by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors — the Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award. The Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award honors an alumnus/a age 40 or younger, with a significant record of career achievement and a promise for future professional...

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Blair grad Brian Biederman featured in Huffington Post

Aug. 28, 2013—What can you do with a Blair degree? Ask Brian Biederman. The 2010 Blair School graduate, now a middle school music teacher in Nashville, is featured on the Huffington Post for his Littlestone Music Academy, a summer music program he launched this summer at Montgomery Bell Academy. Read the entire story here. Congratulations, Brian!

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