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Blair students win at MTNA national competition

Mar. 21, 2017—The 2016-17 MTNA National Competition was held March 17-20 in Baltimore, Md. To compete at nationals, musicians have already won their state and regional divisions. Several Blair School musicians competed, and brought home national honors: Mary Grace Johnson, violin, took first place in the strings category of the Young Artist Performance competition. Johnson is a...

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Nashville Jazz Composers Collective spotlights Ken Vandermark & Made to Break, and Nashville School of the Arts Big Band, 7 p.m. April 8

Apr. 5, 2016—An Evening With Jeff Coffin & the Nashville Jazz Composers Collective Featuring: MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient Ken Vandermark & Made to Break and Nashville of the Arts Big Band 7p.m. Friday, April 8, Ingram Hall Tickets: $15 general admission; $5 for students with ID; free for Vanderbilt students with ID Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity...

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Vanderbilt Percussion Group performs March 20 at Blair, April 1 at Frist Center

Mar. 18, 2016—Vanderbilt Percussion Group is the Blair School of Music percussion studio’s premier performing ensemble, directed by Ji Hye Jung. VPG’s repertoire includes contemporary works for unconducted chamber percussion ensemble. VPG’s spring program includes music that resonates with listeners from all backgrounds, with styles ranging from classical to jazz to R&B and tango. The concert features...

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Comic opera ‘Speed Dating Tonight!’ March 19 at Blair, March 28 at City Winery

Mar. 18, 2016—Following its grand-scale fall production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Vanderbilt Opera Theatre returns with a change of pace. Written in 2013 by American composer Michael Ching, Speed Dating Tonight! is an immersive, interactive comic opera in one act about ordinary people looking for love in a post-millennial world. This intimate, character-driven show, set in a...

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Blair Cello Choir performs National Anthem at VU-Georgia basketball game (photos)

Mar. 2, 2016—On February 20, the Blair Cello Choir, one of the ensembles in our precollege Suzuki program, performed the National Anthem before the Vanderbilt-Georgia men’s basketball game. The performance was a huge hit, and the ensemble has already been invited back to play again next season. Photos by Joe Howell, courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics.

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Precollege panel discussion: The Challenge of Practicing, Feb. 21

Feb. 18, 2016—Join us for a precollege panel discussion: The Challenge of Practicing — Tips for Parents, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, Room 2192 at Blair. It’s something almost all parents of young musicians struggle with: How do you help your child build good practice habits, stay motivated, and practice his or her instrument effectively? Blair faculty...

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Blair Children’s Chorus members named to honors choirs

Dec. 7, 2015—Sixteen members of the Blair Children’s Chorus program have been accepted to the Southern Division American Choral Directors Honors Choirs. Congratulations to these talented young singers! High School Women Kristen Stetzer Clara Warford High School Men Eli Culley Will Wallace Junior High SATB Don Pierce Garrett Scott Jennie Mae Sprouse Ben Strobel Treble Choir Santino...

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Bang on a Can All-Stars visit Blair for master class Nov. 19

Nov. 17, 2015—While in Nashville to perform Julia Wolfe’s acclaimed “Steel Hammer” at OZ Arts Nashville this weekend, Bang on a Can All-Stars will visit Blair for a chamber music master class. The class will take place from 12:20-2:25 p.m. Thursday, November 19, in Instrumental Rehearsal Hall. Participation in the class is limited to Blair students by...

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Curb Youth Symphony Concerto Competition winners announced

Nov. 1, 2015—The Curb Youth Symphony 2015 Concerto Competition was held on Sunday, November 1. The winners are, in alphabetical order: Joy Fan, violin Jenna Mangum, violin Honorable mentions, also in alphabetical order: Jocelyn Hartley, cello Dustin Lin, clarinet Kazuki Takizawa, piano

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