Eastman School of Music

  • Eastman’s New Marching Sousaphone

    Mike Lawson | January 25, 2021

    Eastman has introduced the EPH495 BBb marching sousaphone, marking the beginning of advancements being made across the full line of Eastman marching instruments.

  • Eastman School of Music Launches ‘Eastman Connects’ Virtual Concert Series

    Mike Lawson | May 4, 2020

    The Eastman School of Music (of the University of Rochester) has created the Eastman Connects virtual concert series to bring their community together during this challenging time.

  • Eastman School of Music to Host ‘Machine-Reading and Crowdsourcing Medieval Music Manuscripts’ Symposium

    Mike Lawson | October 11, 2017

    The Eastman School of Music will be hosting “Machine-Reading and Crowdsourcing Medieval Music Manuscripts,” a half-day symposium that focuses on a thirteenth-century manuscript currently on exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, on Thursday, October 26.

  • Broder Selected as Inaugural Eastman/ArtistShare New Artist

    Mike Lawson | May 1, 2017

    The University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and ArtistShare have announced that Owen Broder, Eastman alumnus and saxophonist/clarinetist/composer, has been selected as the first Eastman/ArtistShare new artist.

  • UpClose: A Talk with Donald Hunsberger and Mark Davis Scatterday, Conductors of Frederick Fennell’s Legendary Eastman Wind Ensemble.

    Mike Lawson | August 14, 2015

    The Eastman Wind Ensemble is America’s leading wind ensemble. Its core of about 50 performers includes undergraduate and graduate students of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Frederick Fennell first formulated the general concept of the wind ensemble at Eastman more than 50 years ago. Under his leadership the group became known as the pioneering force in the symphonic wind band movement in the United States and abroad. A. Clyde Roller served as conductor between 1962 and 1964, continuing the tradition established by Fennell. Donald Hunsberger became conductor in 1965 and led the ensemble for 37 years to international prominence. The ensemble’s current director, Mark Davis Scatterday, was introduced as the fourth conductor of this prestigious group during the EWE’s 50th anniversary celebration on February 8, 2002.

    Donald Hunsberger, conductor emeritus, and Mark Davis Scatterday, current conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, sat down with SBO to tell us the history of their storied music program, from its origins to where it stands today.


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    Eastman Sax Project

    Mike Lawson | May 6, 2014

    Student-Run Sax Choir Offers a Different Take on Chamber Music

    The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. is home to the uniquely conductor-less Eastman Saxophone Project. In addition to being unconducted, the group also plays its music entirely from memory, for the purpose of "dramatically enhancing the level of interaction with its audiences."

    All of this is to say that if you like saxophones and modern repertoire, you might want to check out this outstanding clip of the ESP performing John Mackey's "Asphalt Cocktail" at a spring concert on April 7, 2014.  


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