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Eastman School of Music

The Gateways Music Festival is in full swing and musicians from all over the world have flocked to Rochester to be a part of the classical music festival.

Pianist Stewart Goodyear in a row of piano frames
photo by Andrew Garn

For the first time ever, Backstage Pass is taking its show on the road, and you're invited! 

In celebration of the Gateways Music Festival, Julia Figueras hosts Backstage Pass live from Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre with the entire GMF orchestra, guest artists, and a live audience.  Music Director Michael Morgan, RPO trumpeter Herb Smith, pianist Stewart Goodyear, and violinist Amadi Azikiwe are among the guests who will chat with Julia, along with GMF President and Artistic Director Lee Koonce and Eastman School of Music Dean Jamal Rossi.

The St. Albans International Organ Festival was founded in 1963 by British organist and composer Peter Hurford. Every two years, the historic city about 20 miles north of London hosts concerts, lectures, an art exhibit, a fringe festival, and a multi-round competition that elicits entries from young organists all over the world.

If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed that these guys will be here in the fall:

Petar Kodzas as new Associate Dean to the ECMS

May 11, 2017
Michelle Martorell

On February 27, 2017, it was announced that guitar teacher Petar Kodzas was named Associate Dean of the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS).   “I am deeply honored to have an opportunity to contribute to [Rochester’s] musical future through my role as an Associate Dean” Kodzas says.  His vision for the future is to make music more relevant.  Growing the ECMS programs and keeping them healthy and successful, Kodzas’ hope is to find new ways to involve more people in music making and music listening.  

Musicians of Rochester: Petar Kodzas

May 3, 2017

As new Associate Dean to the Eastman Community School, guitarist Petar Kodzas’ vision for the future is to make music more relevant.  By growing the ECMS programs and keeping them healthy and successful, Kodzas’ hope is to find new ways to involve more people in music making and music listening.

Seemingly a broad task, one might wonder how this could be accomplished.  But in an interview with WXXI, Petar Kodzas explains and recounts his own personal musical history.

The Rochester Music Hall of Fame is getting ready to welcome a new class of inductees. We talk to some of the members and have some fun with local music. Our guests:

  • Bruce Pilato, RMHF board member and show producer
  • Jack Whittier, RMHF board vice president
  • Joe Beard, 2017 inductee and legendary blues musician
  • Gary Lewis, 2017 inductee and 1960s hit maker
  • Samuel Adler, 2017 inductee and celebrated composer

May 2017 Chicago Symphony listings

Apr 28, 2017

Recognized as one of the worlds most distinguished conductors, visiting artist Christoph von Dohnányi conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Dohnányi received an honorary Doctorate of Music from our very own Eastman School of Music in 1998.  Read the rest of his incredible biography here.

Fourteen versatile singer-actors from Israel, France, Mexico, Canada, and across the United States are coming to the Eastman School of Music to compete in the finals of the 2017 Lotte Lenya Competition on Saturday, April 22.  The contestants will be vying for the largest prizes since the event started in 1998, with the top three winners taking home $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000.

So much great teaching takes place in music school and conservatories across the country, where students are trained to teach the next generation.  American conductor and former Music Director of the RPO David Zinman spoke with WXXI’s Brenda Tremblay about the conductor he met at Tanglewood.  Maestro Zinman says the legendary Pierre Monteux changed his life.   

In November 2016, American conductor David Zinman, whose career has been distinguished by a wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to contemporary music, and the introduction of historically informed performance practice, was appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.