Blair School Of Music Alumnus

  • Vanderbilt University

    Gene Back, BMus’06, BAFTA Breakthrough Talent

    Last November, alumnus Gene Back’s growing list of accomplishments caught the attention of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The organization, which promotes the art of motion pictures on both sides of the Atlantic, selected him as a Breakthrough Talent. Read More

    Apr. 22, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

    Accolade

    Photo by Tomas Loewy Dean Whiteside, BMus’10, of Miami—shown conducting that city’s New World Symphony PULSE concert—is the 2017–18 winner of the American Prize in Conducting in the Professional Orchestra division. After earning his undergraduate degree at Blair, the New York City native trained in Vienna at the… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

  • Vanderbilt University

    Alumnus Raviv in Tony-winning musical

    Photo by Matt Murphy The Band’s Visit, a musical about an Egyptian orchestra stuck for a night in a remote Israeli town, swept the Tony Awards on June 10, winning 10 awards, including Best Musical. Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub (above, seated) both won Tony Awards for their… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018

  • Vanderbilt University

    Accolade

    DOMINICK REUTER/GETTY Daniel Bernard Roumain, BMus’93, (right, with the production’s assistant director and choreographer Bill T. Jones, center), composed the music for the opera We Shall Not Be Moved, which was named by The New York Times in December as one of the best classical music performances of… Read More

    Feb. 26, 2018

  • Vanderbilt University

    DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, BMus’14, Waking Up a Culture

    George-Warren joins other tribes in showing solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota, whose ancestral lands and drinking water are being threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Photo courtesy of DeLesslin George-Warren) It’s been 53 years since the Catawba language perished with the death of its last… Read More

    Nov. 21, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Finding ‘Calm:’ Lowry Wins 2016 World Projects Composition Competition

    Inspired by last year’s flooding in Louisiana, Chris Lowry wrote his winning composition, which premieres in June in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Christopher Lowry In August 2016 much of southern Louisiana lay underwater, flooded by more than 7.1 trillion gallons of rainfall. It was, meteorologists said, a… Read More

    Jun. 2, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Brëw-hilde: Blair Alumnae Bring Opera to Nashville Bars

    Soprano Kelsey Onwuzuruigbo sings at Nashville’s inaugural Opera on Tap event, held at Harpeth Brewing Co. in September 2016. Photo by Nduka Onwuzuruigbo Nashville is known for its live music scene. Some nights you can drink a beer and enjoy country, blues, bluegrass, opera … no, not opry, opera—complete… Read More

    Jun. 2, 2017

  • Vanderbilt University

    Covering All Basses: Alumnus Michael Rinne Shows Up for Some Big Gigs

    Michael Rinne (far right) as bassist Lum York, with actor Tom Hiddleston (center) as Hank Williams and members of the film version of Williams’ band, The Drifting Cowboys. Photo by Sam Emerson/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics   Bassist Michael Rinne, BMus’10, is a busy guy. He has recorded with artists Caitlin… Read More

    Aug. 12, 2016