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Spring 2011 Category

A Commodore in Kabul

Mar. 29, 2011—Boom! The cannon blasts at the end of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The eighth-graders in my music class don’t react, they just listen. To me, it is a great moment of pure genius.

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An Investment Beyond Boundaries

Mar. 29, 2011—The small Central American country of Costa Rica is famous for its rich natural resources and for its exceptional political stability in a part of the world that has seen much upheaval. In spite of these advantages, Costa Rica is troubled by poverty and its attendant problems.

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An American in Cairo

Mar. 29, 2011—The sound of “Allahu Akbar” several times daily and the permeating dust of the desert surrounding the Nile Valley have changed very little since Napoleon’s entourage first described the city of Cairo, Egypt, in the early 19th century.

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Blair student volunteers in Haiti

Mar. 28, 2011—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...

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Widening the Parameters With International Study

Mar. 28, 2011—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...

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In England with the Blair Children’s Chorus

Mar. 28, 2011—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...

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World premiere in Paris

Mar. 28, 2011—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,...

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In a Musical Labyrinth

Mar. 28, 2011—Josh McGuire, senior lecturer in aural studies, and Stan Link, associate professor of the philosophy and analysis of music, traveled to Mexico City to premiere Link’s Toda la Tierra.

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Tutti: News About Faculty and Staff

Mar. 25, 2011—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,...

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Alumna premiers roles in Germany

Mar. 25, 2011—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...

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