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Michelle Martorell

Beginning in March, Music In Our Schools Month, the Eastman School of Music will launch Eastman to Go (formerly Music for All), a series of community events throughout Rochester. Eastman to Go will provide several visits to elementary through high school classrooms, libraries and retirement communities. Eastman to Go focuses on community outreach and all events are free and open to the public.

Rochester Music Hall of Fame 2018 inductees announced

Feb 22, 2018

There are several familiar names in the latest class of inductees into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

They are: drummer Steve Gadd, one of the most in-demand drummers ever, bassist Tony Levin, who has been part of Peter Gabriel's group for forty years, composer and former DJ Ferdinand Jay Smith, who has written many familiar themes, sacred steel group The Campbell Brothers, and percussionist and long-time Eastman School of Music Faculty member John Beck.

Wedding Wire

The highest honor a student at the Eastman School of Music can earn is the Performer's Certificate. So what is that, and how does one get it? On the next Backstage Pass, Julia Figueras introduces you to three recipients of this honor:  harpist Anna Dunlap, violinist Willa Finck, and cellist Brandon Xu. Also joining them will be Nicholas Goluses, the co-chair of the String Department.  It's all things stringed on Backstage Pass, Friday, February 23, with an encore on Sunday, February 25. Both shows are at 1 PM.

Eastman Community School of Music

Eastman School of Music: Flutist Adam Sadberry, a senior from the studio of Bonnie Boyd and an Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) instructor, won the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s African-American Fellowship. Adam will be a member of the DSO flute section for the next two years. The DSO Fellowship Program is designed to enhance the career development of African-American orchestral musicians and the diversity of professional orchestras. Congrats!

Eastman School of Music

American mezzo-soprano and Eastman professor of voice Katherine Ciesinski is among the 2018 Grammy winning artists named over the weekend.  She sang a leading role in the Houston Symphony's live recording of Alban Berg's Wozzeck, which won in the Best Opera Recording category.

In April 2016, Michael Barone brought Pipedreams Live to Rochester, where Justin LaVoie was guest performer on the mighty Wurlitzer organ at the Auditorium Theatre for the Rochester Theater Organ Society.  The Jan 28th program Pipedreams Live!

The Gateways Music Festival in Rochester is getting a big boost in the effort to expand its offerings.

That festival, whose mission is to support professional classical musicians of African descent, has been awarded a $300,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The president and artistic director for the festival, Lee Koonce, says that grant will allow Gateways to eventually add two full-time staff positions.

New studios and classroom spaces are coming to the Eastman Community Music School.

That’s because the school announced it has received $2.8 million to renovate Messinger Hall

Currently, Associate Dean of the Eastman Community School Peter Kodzas says that space isn’t designed to host a music school. The school is spread out across the Eastman block on Gibbs Street.

Guitarist Thomas Viloteau just finished his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music about a week ago, and now this week, he will be heard on the radio across the country, as a Young Artist in Residence on Performance Today.

You can hear him on Performance Today on Saturday morning on WXXI Classical 91.5

Percussion Road Trip - Eastman at PASIC

Nov 15, 2017
Photo by Ken Yanagisawa

Catherine Cole is a graduate student in percussion at the Eastman School of Music, who is currently interning with WXXI through the Eastman Arts Leadership Program. 

You can watch her performances here online

This past weekend, I attended the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), held in Indianapolis. PASIC is a four-day gathering of percussionists and drummers from all over the world to present research, attend clinics, and hear the world’s best musicians in concert. This year’s PASIC was particularly special to me because I had the opportunity to perform with my classmates in the Eastman Percussion Ensemble in a Showcase Concert. We were one of three collegiate ensembles who were awarded a PASIC concert slot after winning the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition for 2017.