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Honoring a century of music and celebrating the century to come

On April 29, 2021, the Eastman School of Music officially launched its $100 million Centennial Campaign. The virtual kickoff featured remarks from President Sarah Mangelsdorf and Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music. Professor of Conducting and Ensembles Mark Davis Scatterday ’89E (DMA) directed the Eastman Wind Ensemble, which performed the world premiere of the brass fanfare “Festival Music” by Steve Danyew ’10E (MM). The Sequoia Reed Quintet—a classically inspired student chamber ensemble—also performed.

Eastman will more formally mark its Centennial beginning in the fall of 2021. The celebration will continue throughout 2022 with world-premieres of more than 40 compositions and fanfares, acclaimed guest artists performing alongside Eastman’s ensembles, national academic and music conferences, alumni events throughout the country, a documentary with WXXI, and more.

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The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, is proud to announce three major festivals, multiple national academic conferences, and several artists-in-residencies during its three-semester-long centennial celebration. Beginning in fall 2021 and continuing throughout 2022, Eastman will feature numerous performances by world-renowned artists—including composers, vocalists, instrumentalists, and quartets—both alongside student groups and as part of residencies, masterclasses, conferences, and festivals.

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The William Warfield Scholarship Fund (WWSF) along with Thomas Warfield, The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the City of Rochester, are proud to announce a collaboration honoring William Warfield (’42, ’46MM, ’88 Honorary degree) with a Bronze sculpture and commemorative plaque.

Morning Chamber Music Series

Eastman’s Morning Chamber Music Series announces three chamber music concerts for the 2021-2022 season. Each concert presents distinguished alumni who represent the rich diversity of the school, performing alongside current faculty and students. This series is directed by Eastman Assistant Professor of Violoncello, Rosemary Elliott.

Garth Fagan Dance Collaborative Celebration

The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, together with Garth Fagan Dance, are proud to announce A Collaborative Celebration: Eastman School of Music 100th Anniversary and Garth Fagan Dance 50th Anniversary, Friday, October 1, at 7:30 PM in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

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Allen Vizzutti

On Monday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Kodak Hall, the Eastman Wind Ensemble (EWE), under its director Mark Davis Scatterday, will present the world premiere and centennial commission, of Allen Vizzutti’s (‘74, ‘76 MM) River of Light, and the world premiere of his work Quasar.

Eastman Faculty Artist Series

The Eastman Faculty Artist Series announces 16 performances for the Fall 2021 semester, an opportunity for our world-renowned and internationally acclaimed faculty members to demonstrate their virtuosity and artistry in Eastman’s stunning concert venues.

Eastman Community Music School - World Campus

For more than a century, Eastman School of Music’s historic campus has attracted leading performers and teachers from around the world. With the launch of the Eastman Community Music School World Campus, the opportunity to join the school’s community, for individual lessons or classes, is now available to anyone, regardless of age or geographic location.

Commissions and Fanfares

The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, officially begins its Centennial Celebration July 1, 2021. Their 100 years of history and 18-month-long celebration will include more than 50 new compositions, world premieres, and centennial fanfares written specifically for Eastman’s ensembles, Eastman’s illustrious faculty, and more.

Steve Danyew

This alumnus and instructor with Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership talks about his musical career and delves into his inspiration for composing “Festival Music,” a fanfare written in honor of Eastman School of Music’s centennial.

The Sequoia Reed Quintet performing on stage

This innovative student ensemble performed at Eastman’s Centennial Campaign kickoff. Reed quintets like this are both young and old. They thrive on tradition, too—just like Eastman does. Learn more about Sequoia Reed and listen to some of their music.

Maria Schneider ’85E

Of the 12 Eastman faculty and alumni nominated for Grammy Awards this year, four were named winners at the recent National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.’s 63rd ceremony. Eastman alumni and faculty have now earned a total of 62 Grammy Awards.

close zoom image of the eastman theatre ceiling

One hundred years ago, George Eastman and Rush Rhees, then the president of the University of Rochester, shared a dream that led to the creation of the Eastman School of Music and Eastman Theatre. In this recorded Experience Rochester lecture, Vincent Lenti ’60E, ’62E (MA), Eastman School’s historian and a professor of piano, tells us more.

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This recorded Experience Rochester lecture features five accomplished Eastman School of Music alumni—each with distinct perspective as a person of color in music. Learn about their experiences, challenges they’ve overcome, and their passion for music—and listen to a brief performance from each alumnus.

Julia Egan ’16E, ’21E (MA)

Julia Egan ’16E, ’21E (MA)—a graduate student pursuing a degree in ethnomusicology—says that receiving the Rosemary Utz and Douglas H. Jones Family Endowed Ethnomusicology Scholarship was like winning the keys to her life.

Steve Danyew

This alumnus and instructor with Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership talks about his musical career and delves into his inspiration for composing “Festival Music,” a fanfare written in honor of Eastman School of Music’s centennial.

Steve Danyew

This innovative student  ensemble will perform at Eastman’s Centennial Campaign kickoff. Reed quintets like theirs are both young and old. They thrive on tradition, too—just like Eastman does. Learn more about Sequoia Reed and listen to some of their music.

#EastmanVoices

For 100 years, Eastman has celebrated artistry, scholarship, leadership and community. “Eastman Voices” is a way for the community to share the impact the school has had on so many lives. Tell us your story—we’d love to hear from you. 

#EastmanVoices

For 100 years, Eastman has celebrated artistry, scholarship, leadership and community. “Eastman Voices” is a way for the community to share the impact the school has had on so many lives. Tell us your story—we’d love to hear from you.

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