Winter 2017



• The Blair Big Band, directed by Ryan Middagh, director of jazz studies, was invited to play the recent annual conference of the Jazz Education Network, the professional organization for jazz musicians and jazz educators, in New Orleans. The conference features the finest professional and educational jazz musicians and ensembles.Read More

Polar, by a 26-year-old male diagnosed with schizophrenia, reflects how he presents himself to the world (right side) compared to how he feels (left side)

Healing arts: An alumna’s clients use art therapy in the recovery process

An exhibit during the fall at Vanderbilt’s Department of Art displayed the works of clients from an outpatient mental health program in The Bronx, New York, that were completed as part of art therapy. Lindsey Lybrand, BS’09, a licensed creative art therapist who earned her bachelor’s degree in child andRead More

Sabrina Bradford (violin), Antonia Rohlfing (piano) and Blake Kitayama (cello) rehearse their chamber music piece at the Blair School. Photo by Anne Rayner

All together now: Chamber music groups at Blair proliferate

Musicians learn not only how to play an instrument, but how to play in a group, be it a full orchestra or a quartet. Learning to play in both large and small ensembles is part of the core curriculum at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. However, the number of smallRead More

Recent Books, Winter 2017

Recent Books, Winter 2017

Painting 1909: Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Henri Bergson, Comics, Albert Einstein, and Anarchy (2017, Yale University Press) by Leonard Folgarait, professor of history of art In 1909, renowned artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) embarked on a series of stylistic experiments that had a dramatic effect on modern art. The book examinesRead More

The Observers, 2006, graphite on paper, 30 by 22 inches

The Art of perception: Marilyn Murphy’s art is celebrated as she retires from teaching

At the end of the spring 2017 semester, after 37 years of teaching Vanderbilt undergraduates drawing and painting, Professor of Art Marilyn Murphy will retire. From the beginning Murphy has brought an interesting point of view to her artwork, one expressed in her Realism Subverted exhibit, now on view atRead More