Musicians know that without the help of arts patrons, there would be no music to fill concert halls and teach the next generation of music students. At the Blair School of Music, the support of so many in our community—alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends—contributed to the enormous success of Vanderbilt’s Shape the Future campaign. [...][keep reading »]
Craig Nies, Piano
Friday, March 30, 8 p.m.
After five years, indefatigable and prodigious pianist Craig Nies concludes his Well-Tempered Clavier concert series. In the spring of 2007, Nies embarked on a journey to perform in concert the entire Well-Tempered Clavier of J. S. Bach, which includes 48 preludes and fugues. These concerts have [...]
Meagan Nordmann Rhodes, BMus’09, says the perfect job “fell into my lap.”
After having a self-described “crisis moment” during her senior year that left her doubting her aspirations as an oboist, Rhodes began looking for something that combined the arts with the regular hours of an office job. After confiding her interests to Kip Bennett, chef [...]
Auditioning to be admitted to a collegiate school of music or conservatory is a very different process than auditioning for an orchestra or to get comments or ratings. Blair has refined the audition weekend process, and, according to Dwayne Sagen, assistant dean for admissions at Blair, current students are his best recruiters.[keep reading »]
Nashville attorney James (Jim) Harris III, JD’67, founder of the Music Row law firm of Harris Martin Jones, took the reins of the KeyBoard this past spring as chairman.
Harris opened his law firm on Music Row in Nashville in 1975 to concentrate his practice on music, copyright and entertainment law. An active civil litigator in [...]
How an artist or composer brings a work into being varies individually. As opposed to visual art, which is usually a solitary exercise, composing music cannot be entirely a one-on-one experience. The composer needs musicians as intermediaries to define the work for an audience. In the case of Images from a Closed Ward, the creative [...][keep reading »]
Vanderbilt student Patrick Thomas advanced to the finals on the NBC television show The Voice, which aired on Tuesdays during the spring and summer.
The rising junior from Dallas (Class of 2013) is pursuing a double major in voice at the Blair School of Music and economics in the College of Arts and Science.
A country singer who [...]
Featured events include:
A CELEBRATION CONCERT HONORING MARTHA RIVERS INGRAM
September 18, 3 p.m.
Martha Rivers Ingram has been a longtime patron of the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University and the arts in Nashville. This fall, Mrs. Ingram relinquishes her position as chair of Blair’s KeyBoard after 16 years of dedicated service and stewardship. Please join [...]
Gregory Barz, associate professor of musicology (ethnomusicology), gave a keynote address at Syracuse University’s Music and Conflict and Resolution symposium. He spoke on his recent research on music in post-genocide Rwanda. He spent the summer in South Africa and Lesotho continuing his work as senior research fellow at the University of the Free State in [...][keep reading »]
Kristin Whittlesey (left) has been appointed the Blair School of Music’s director of external relations. Before joining Blair in May, Kristin served as the assistant lifestyles editor at The Tennessean. She has a broad array of editorial experience in print and online publications, including serving as editor of The Rage, All The Rage and Metromix. [...][keep reading »]
Philip Dikeman has joined the Blair School of Music as associate professor of flute. He comes to Blair as acting principal flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and began playing with the DSO as assistant principal flute in 1992. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Dikeman attended the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he studied [...][keep reading »]
Sarah Danielle Williams, composition student at Blair, volunteered as part of a seven-person AidWEST Humanitarian Missions in Haiti team in early August. She organized and participated in a spring fundraising concert in Atlanta that raised nearly the entire $900 participation fee so she could volunteer for the team. She contacted various music schools in the [...][keep reading »]
Music transcends all national and cultural boundaries, and in programs as far-flung as Australia and Japan, Blair students are taking advantage of the chance to educate themselves as citizens of the world. They are broadening their horizons with the full support of their home institution, according to Associate Dean Melissa Rose. “If students can incorporate [...][keep reading »]
More than 50 members of the Blair Children’s Chorus (Boychoir, Concert Choir and Young Men’s Chorus) gathered on a beautiful summer afternoon last July in London’s historic Southwark Cathedral for a festive concert. This was the grand finale to a week of touring by the Boychoir and Young Men’s Chorus. The tour included two days [...][keep reading »]
The Atlantic Ensemble (Kirsten Cassel Greer, adjunct artist teacher of cello; Seanad Dunigan Chang, adjunct artist teacher of violin and viola; and Wei Tsun Chang, adjunct associate professor of violin), gave the world premiere in November of Trio for Violin, Viola and Violoncello: Savannah Shadows by Associate Professor of Composition Michael Kurek in Paris, France, [...][keep reading »]
The Blair String Quartet (Christian Teal, Joseph Joachim Professor of Violin; Connie Heard, Valere Blair Potter Professor of Violin; John Kochanowski, associate professor of viola; and Felix Wang, associate professor of cello) performed and presented master classes in Winchester, Mass., in November, followed by a four-day residency at Dartmouth College and a concert in Newburgh, [...][keep reading »]
Jena Carpenter, BMus’09, recently completed her first year in the master’s degree program at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim in Germany. After one year in the masters program, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Bayreuth Festival by the Wagnerian Society of Mannheim. She has been contracted in her first professional [...][keep reading »]
Visit the Blair website at http://blair.vanderbilt.edu for information about concerts and events at the Blair School of Music.[keep reading »]
On May 14, Blair will honor two of its most beloved instructors, Jane and Frank Kirchner, as they retire from teaching. Dean Mark Wait will host a 9 a.m. reception in the lobby of Ingram Hall at the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts.
“For over 40 years, Frank and Jane Kirchner have been [...]
Jean Keller Heard, widow of former Vanderbilt University Chancellor Alexander Heard and a social, musical and civic presence in Nashville for more than four decades, died Jan. 2. She was 86.
After moving to Nashville with her husband in 1963, she was the hostess for many Vanderbilt functions and played a key role in the merger [...]
For the last two years, pre-college students at Blair who are getting ready for the college application process have been able to access a valuable resource through Blair’s Mentors in Music project. What better way to find out about college life at a music school than by having pre-college students talk to students in Blair’s [...][keep reading »]
Carl Smith, senior lecturer in music theory and composition, organ and harpsichord, has been actively involved for several decades with the writings—poems, letters, aphorisms—of Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect and poet Michelangelo, whose signature included his last name, Buonarroti. He has composed musical settings for more than 40 of the artist’s letters and poems. A number [...][keep reading »]
The state Music Teachers National Association auditions were held at Blair in November. Blair students placed in the following categories.
Young Artist Voice
Kathryn Heaton, winner
(Jonathan Retzlaff, teacher)
Young Artist Woodwinds
Thomas Crespo, honorable mention
(Cynthia Estill, teacher)
Young Artist Strings
Blake Johnson, winner
(Felix Wang, teacher)
Tiffany Tieu, alternate
(Carolyn Huebl , teacher)
Caroline Hart, honorable mention
(Connie Heard, teacher)
Chris Lowry, honorable mention
(Kathryn Plummer, teacher)
Annie Bender, [...]
Featured events in late September and early October include:
September 30–October 2
Times vary; check the website
John Johns brings friends together for his fall concert, and special guest artist Michael Cedric Smith performs and conducts a master class.
All Guitar Weekend events sponsored by Steve and Judy Turner.
A Very Special Conversation with Jim Fogelsong
October 3, 4 [...]
Two Blair School of Music chamber music groups, one collegiate and one pre-collegiate, were selected in May for the live rounds of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the nation’s largest chamber music competition. From a total of 130 entries, only 48 were selected for the live competitive rounds.
The pre-college Parthenon String Quartet, comprised of Annie [...]
Founder’s Medalist: Johna Smith
Banner Bearer: Arreanna Rostosky
Alma Mater Vocalist: Mary Hewlett
Commencement Performer: Kelsey Hudson
Student Marshals: Jordan Holland and Lindsay Cunningham
Newly elected members of the Eta Iota Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honor society
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
VU Global Summer Fellowship: Erol Koymen and Sarah [...]
Hersch to compose for BSQ
Michael Hersch has been commissioned to write a chamber music piece for the Blair String Quartet to be delivered spring 2011 for “The Blair Commissions: Music for the 21st Century” through funding from the James Stephen Turner Family Foundation.
Hersch first came to international attention when he was 25 and won [...]
Lisa and Lang Aston are the two newest members of the Blair KeyBoard. Lisa Aston grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Duke University. She is a former investment banker in public finance. Lisa currently serves as a member of the Harpeth Hall board of trustees and is an active volunteer for Alive Hospice.
Lang Aston [...]
The Blakemore Trio (Carolyn Huebl, violin; Felix Wang, cello, and Amy Dorfman, piano) gave their New York debut at Merkin Hall in March. They also appeared on two concerts in North Carolina at Chamber Music Wilmington and The American Music Festival, and on series in Knoxville, Sewanee and Pickwick, Tenn. The trio also received a [...]