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Fall 2010 Category

From the Dean

Aug. 31, 2010—Next year, the Blair School will observe the 25th anniversary of the inception of its collegiate program leading to the bachelor of music degree. Among music schools, that is relatively young, and such youth carries a number of advantages. To begin with, one can readily measure a young school’s progress, for much of it occurred...

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Join us for the Fall 2010 Blair Concert Series

Aug. 31, 2010—Featured events in late September and early October include: Guitar Weekend September 30–October 2 Times vary; check the website Ingram Hall 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...

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Tutti: Photos

Aug. 31, 2010—The Blakemore Trio gave the world premiere of Susan Botti’s Gates of Silence in February at Blair and in March at New York City’s Merkin Hall. Composer Botti (pictured right) sang the soprano solo for both concerts. Andrew Jennings, professor of violin and chamber music at the University of Michigan and founding member of the...

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Blair sends two ensembles to Fischoff competition

Aug. 31, 2010—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...

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The Blair School of Music Patrons Society

Aug. 31, 2010—Cornelius Vanderbilt Level ($25,000+) Mr. Robert J. McMullan Mr. and Mrs. Blair J. Wilson Anonymous friend Anonymous friend Anonymous friend The Chancellor’s Council ($10,000 – $24,999) Ms. Lelia Sinclair Baldassari BMI Mr. and Mrs. Andrew W. Byrd Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Fyfe Mrs. Landis Bass Gullett* Mr. and Mrs. Scot C. Hollmann The Sartain...

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2010 Commencement Honors and Awards

Aug. 31, 2010—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 Benjamin Hart Shona Goldberg-Leopold Andrew Villemez Dean Whiteside Class of 2011 Maria...

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Commissions update

Aug. 31, 2010—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...

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Astons join KeyBoard

Aug. 31, 2010—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...

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Tutti: News About Faculty and Staff

Aug. 31, 2010—Faculty 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...

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Fully Costumed and Orchestrated

Aug. 31, 2010—The mischievously dark worlds of filmmaker Tim Burton, illustrator Edward Gorey and the humorously twisted “Fractured Fairy Tales” cartoons are influencing this fall’s Vanderbilt Opera Theatre production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. It’s quite a change from the traditional, straightforward approach taken when the opera was performed a decade ago, and a change in...

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