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Accolade: Blair Big Band ‘biblical’ honor

The Blair Big Band is the undergraduate collegiate winner in the category Large Jazz Ensemble in DownBeat magazine’s 42nd annual Student Music Awards, announced April 23. This is the Blair School of Music’s first award from DownBeat, which is widely considered the “bible” of the jazz world. The recordings BlairRead More

Song Stylist: Deanna Walker’s new podcast brings her “Blair Hit  Songwriter Series” to the masses

Song Stylist: Deanna Walker’s new podcast brings her “Blair Hit Songwriter Series” to the masses

Deanna Walker was initiated into the world of hit Nashville songwriting in the usual way. She suffered a broken heart. In the 1990s, Walker’s best friend went through a contentious divorce. An ugly custody battle ensued, which had a traumatizing effect on Walker’s 2-year-old goddaughter. “I just went home andRead More

Tiny Dorm Concert: Toren Stafford

Tiny Dorm Concert: Toren Stafford

Toren Stafford, a 20-year-old sophomore studying voice at Blair School of Music, staged a “Tiny Dorm Concert” in Vanderbilt’s Morgan House in March.

Junior Nicholas Heilborn conducts his commissioned piece with chatterbird musicians.

Pro Performance: New commissioning project gives Blair composition students a taste of professional life

The composer Michael Slayton can’t remember the first time an ensemble performed one of his pieces. That’s perhaps not surprising, since Slayton’s works, especially his chamber music, are now frequently commissioned and performed the world over. But Slayton is certain of one thing: His music was never performed professionally duringRead More

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Accolade: Shadle wins inaugural Cohen/RIPM Award

Douglas Shadle, assistant professor of musicology, was presented with the American Musicological Society’s inaugural H. Robert Cohen/RIPM Award at this year’s annual meeting in San Antonio for his book Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise (2015, Oxford University Press). The award honors a work of scholarship of exceptionalRead More