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Quater Note Staff – Fall 2011

Sep. 8, 2011—The Blair Quarter Note, the newsletter of the Blair School of Music, is published twice a year in cooperation with Development and Alumni Relations Communications for alumni, current students and their parents and other friends of the School. The Blair Quarter Note, Vol. 35 No. 1, Fall 2011 © 2011 by Vanderbilt University. All rights...

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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 Dean

Sep. 8, 2011—The summer has seen a season of transitions at the Blair School. Indeed, the 2011-12 academic year will see more changes to the faculty than we have had in some time. First, Jane and Frank Kirchner have retired from teaching at Blair. Jane taught flute at Blair for more than 40 years, and Frank was...

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A Talent that Resonates

Sep. 8, 2011—Not many teenagers would attempt to write a two-act chamber opera based on Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale. But that’s exactly what 16-year-old Amy Thompson has been doing for more than a year.

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A Nest for Conductors

Sep. 8, 2011—Within the conducting profession, the word “maestro” is sometimes used to describe the person wielding the baton and coaxing joyous sounds from voice, instrument or both.

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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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Blair’s Thomas is finalist on The Voice

Sep. 8, 2011—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...

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2011 Commencement Honors and Awards

Sep. 8, 2011—HONORS Founder’s Medalist: Lillian Elizabeth Johnson Banner Bearer: Madeline Sarah Myers Alma Mater Vocalist: Hilary Elizabeth White Commencement Performer: Blake Anthony Johnson (cello) Student Marshals: Erin Mara Steigerwald and John A. Woller III AWARDS Sigma Alpha Iota College Honor Award: Lara Marie Pitts Sigma Alpha Iota Scholastic Award: Kathryn Gay Heaton Achievement in Teaching Recognition...

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A Necessary Musical Confluence

Sep. 8, 2011—Creation, translation, interpretation, performance. The process of bringing a piece of music from the composer’s hands to the ears of an audience is a long one that requires trust and commitment for both the composer and the commissioning ensemble. When the Blair String Quartet approached composer Michael Hersch about writing a string quartet for them, the tumblers fell into place for an extensive creative journey.

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Join us for the Fall 2011 Blair Concert Series

Sep. 8, 2011—Featured events include: A CELEBRATION CONCERT HONORING MARTHA RIVERS INGRAM September 18, 3 p.m. Ingram Hall 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...

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