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Tutti: News About Faculty and Staff

Mar. 1, 2012—This spring the Blakemore Trio (Carolyn Huebl, violin; Felix Wang, cello; and Amy Dorfman, piano) presented concerts in North Carolina at UNCG-Greensboro and Brevard, and Martin Methodist College in Tennessee. Repertoire of concerts this season included collaborations with violists Kathryn Plummer and Scott Rawls celebrating Schumann’s 200th birthday, as well as contemporary works by David Sanford, Shulamit...

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A Note of Thanks

Mar. 1, 2012—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....

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Join Us for These Spring Concert Season Highlights

Mar. 1, 2012—Signature Series Craig Nies, Piano Friday, March 30, 8 p.m. Ingram Hall 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....

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The Perfect Job

Mar. 1, 2012—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,...

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In the VORTEX with Cage and Cunningham

Mar. 1, 2012—Surprises are in store when Blair’s percussion ensemble VORTEX joins with former dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Nashville’s Company Rose on Sunday, April 1.

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Making Music for Each Other

Mar. 1, 2012—Chamber music, with its graceful, intimate character, presents a special set of challenges and pleasures to the musicians who play it.

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The Treble and Bass of a Balanced Life

Mar. 1, 2012—In music, balance is the harmonic poise, the requisite equilibrium given to a chord, a melody or a group of instruments. In life, balance is the constant recalibration of obligations and passions. Quarter Note recently spoke to two Blair alumni to discover how divergent paths can lead to a fulfilling euphony.

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The Art of the Admissions Audition

Mar. 1, 2012—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.

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Attorney Jim Harris chairs KeyBoard

Sep. 8, 2011—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...

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From the Mind’s Ear to a Closed Ward

Sep. 8, 2011—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...

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