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

Apr. 4, 2016—Name: Michael Rinne Blair Major/VU: Double Bass performance Year of Graduation : 2010 Where you live now: Nashville Profession: Bassist and producer Most recently: On tour with Miranda Lambert Assistant Director of Admissions Molly Jewell had the pleasure of catching up with Blair School of Music alumnus Michael Rinne (B.Mus. ’10), an in-demand bass player. Rinne stopped in on a...

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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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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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