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Summer Circuit: Performance opportunities and professional connections abound at summer music festivals

Sep. 6, 2018—Cornelia Heard has spent nearly every summer since she was in eighth grade at a music festival. “I went to the Rocky Mountain Summer Music Center that first summer,” she remembers, “and the Blair String Quartet was there with Stephen Clapp.” Clapp, a former music professor at Peabody College and dean, emeritus, at Juilliard, taught...

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Blair MTNA national competition winners

Sep. 6, 2018—For the second year in a row, Blair undergraduates won national honors competing against both undergraduate and graduate students at the 2017–18 Music Teachers National Association annual competition March 17–21 in Orlando, Florida. To compete at nationals, musicians have already won their state and regional divisions. Lauren Urquhart, BMus’18, took first place in the voice...

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Mars, Kissinger, jazz among rich topics for Vanderbilt Osher fall term

Aug. 17, 2018—The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt will offer fall classes about life on Mars, the 2018 midterms, American gun culture, and an Oz Arts production on human connections to the environment.

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19 faculty awarded Research Scholar Grants

Jun. 13, 2018—The provost's office has awarded 19 Research Scholar Grants to fund faculty projects focused on innovative scholarship and creative expression in the humanities.

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New Music: New CDs by Blair student ensembles

Jun. 8, 2018—Such Sweet Thunder, the debut recording of the Blair Big Band, was released in March and includes Blair students and faculty, plus some of Nashville’s veteran players. Tracks include new compositions as well as standards such as “The Very Thought of You,” which features legendary Nashville pianist Beegie Adair. The band is directed by Ryan...

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Universal Language: With “Phantom of the Opera,” Stan Tucker has seen the world

Jun. 8, 2018—Most nights, for many years, in one exotic locale after another, the Phantom of the Opera’s famous chandelier would crash down practically on top of Stan Tucker’s head. But the Broadway veteran, who served as music director for the world tour of Phantom from 2012 to 2016 as well as for the German company (Das...

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Seven interdisciplinary programs land TIPs awards for 2018

May. 24, 2018—Vanderbilt University’s transformational Trans-Institutional Programs initiative heads into a fourth year with grants awarded to seven interdisciplinary projects that involve more than 60 faculty members.

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Blair students continue wins at prestigious national competition

May. 10, 2018—For the second year in a row, Blair undergraduates won national honors at the 2017-18 Music Teachers National Association annual competition in Orlando, Florida.

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Vanderbilt Osher 2018 summer term features Fisk courses

May. 4, 2018—A survey of world art featuring Fisk collections, Nashville's diverse musical history, and cast-iron cooking are among summer classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.

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Class of 2018: Sarah Robinson bridges cultures through language and music

Apr. 23, 2018—“Adventurous” is the word that best describes Sarah Robinson. The Blair School of Music student is unafraid of doing things she has never tried before and open to new cultural experiences.

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday on Library Lawn

Apr. 11, 2018—The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival will hold the Bard's Birthday Bash—marking the 454th birthday of William Shakespeare—April 23 on Library Lawn.

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Album spotlights Blair School’s Biddlecombe and students

Mar. 26, 2018—The album "Music in the Listening Place," featuring the Vanderbilt Chorale and directed by Tucker Biddlecombe, has been released on Navona Records.

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