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Michael Kurek’s ‘The Sea Knows’ tops Billboard classical charts

Jul. 28, 2017—Composition professor Michael Kurek’s new album The Sea Knows has held the top position on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Albums chart for three weeks, since its July 14 release. It debuted at No. 4 on the overall Top Classical Albums chart, dropping to No. 5 in its second and third weeks. In addition, Serenade for Violoncello...

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Composer Michael Kurek signs with Parma Recordings

Sep. 8, 2016—Michael Kurek, associate professor of composition at the Blair School, has joined the roster of PARMA Recordings artists. PARMA will release its first album of Kurek’s works for chamber and large ensembles in 2017. The New Hampshire-based PARMA specializes in orchestral, chamber, choral and commercial recording, as well as distribution, product design, strategic marketing and...

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Blair Faculty News

Jul. 2, 2015—Tucker Biddlecombe, associate professor of choral activities and choral director, served as conductor for the Florida All-State men’s chorus in 2014. He has also been engaged to conduct two all-state choruses in 2016, the Arkansas All-State Male Chorus and the New York All-State Mixed Chorus.       Mary Biddlecombe, adjunct artist teacher of chorus...

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Faculty Notes, Summer 2014

Jul. 11, 2014—Greg Barz, associate professor of musicology (ethnomusicology), was named Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor at Vanderbilt for 2013–14. He also published three articles in 2013 in the South Africa Journal of Humanities, the Cambridge Guide to World Music, and a special issue of Acta Academica. He serves on the board of the Society for Ethnomusicology as...

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Blair to host biennial college band directors conference

Jun. 27, 2014—The Blair School will host the biennial conference of the College Band Directors National Association in March 2015. Seven of the finest wind orchestras from throughout the United States are expected to perform. In addition, leading scholars, conductors, and composers will give workshops, lectures, and presentations on topics relating to university wind ensembles and to...

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Recent releases from Blair School faculty and alumni

Sep. 23, 2013—Recent CD Releases by Faculty and Alumni The Blakemore Trio Plays Beethoven and Ravel, Blue Griffin Records, by the Blakemore Trio: Amy Dorfman, piano, Carolyn Huebl, violin, and Felix Wang, cello. Featuring two masterworks for piano trio—Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost,” and Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio in A...

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