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Master Classes

School of Music 2019-2020 Master Classes and Lectures

August

  • Chris Lee in Conversation with Nancy Allen
    Chris Lee, a musical theater major who started in 2013, will visit Belmont to talk with current students from the College of Music and Performing Arts. He has a very active career in Musical Theatre and film productions, including “Hamilton”, “S.W.A.T.”, “Empire” and “Legacies.” Musical Theatre Coordinator Nancy Allen will interview Lee. Lee is “someone special and very humble who has high standards, incredible work ethic and a grateful attitude” Allen says. “He is a man of faith and lives out his faith, which is one of the most admirable things to see these days.”

September

  • Vanderbilt Voice Clinic Guest Lecture
    The CMPA School of Music in partnership with the Vanderbilt Voice Center presents to our students this Music and Discourse lecture about vocal heath for the professional voice user.
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  • Wind Ensemble Workshop with Marianne Ploger
    The Belmont Wind Ensemble will host Professor Marianne Ploger for a workshop about aural perception and ensemble listening skills. She will work with the ensemble on tuning using the overtone series by guiding the students through techniques to tune pure intervals and to create harmonic overtones by balancing their sound.
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  • Johnathan Kreisberg Quartet Master Class
    The Johnathan Kreisberg Quartet will hold a master class and performance for Belmont’s Commercial instrumental students. The master class will focus on ensemble playing and improvisation.
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  • Sandhu Musical Theatre Master Class and Q&A
    Rommy Sandhu, director and choreographer, will lead a master class and Ellery Sandhu will hold a Q&A with Belmont’s Musical Theatre students.
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  • Music Strong Workshop
    Flutist and Fitness Trainer Angela McCuiston will lead a workshop for Belmont music students on why strength training is important to the musician and how it can directly benefit one’s playing career. McCuiston’s workshop will include instruction on musician-related anatomy and the most common muscle imbalances that affect musicians.
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October

  • Woods Piano Master Class: George Li
    Pianist George Li will lead a masterclass with the School of Music’s finest student pianists.
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  • Musical Theatre Dance Master Class
    Belmont’s Musical Theatre program will host performer and choreographer Laura Oldham at the Nashville Ballet. Oldham most recently completed the National Tour of Chicago and will be delivering a masterclass in musical theatre dance styles.
  • Latif Bolat Guest Lecture
    Latif Bolat, Turkish Sufi Musician will speak about "Healing Sounds of Turkish Mystic Songs and Poetry: An Introduction." Latif Bolat presents the ancient devotional mystic Sufi music and poetry with traditional Sufi stories about their meaning, history and cultural relevance.
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  • Jenee Fleenor Strings Master Class
    Jenee Fleenor was a Commercial Music major while at Belmont in 2001. She will be visiting Belmont to give a strings masterclass. Fleenor is the first female to be nominated for Country Music Association Musician of the Year and the Academy of Country Music Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year. Fleenor is an active performer and songwriter. In addition to touring with Blake Shelton, she can be heard performing fiddle on the albums of Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, Trisha Yearwood, and Steven Tyler.
  • Andy Kozar trumpeter
    Kozar Brass Master Class and Guest Recital
    Andy Kozar will lead a brass masterclass with Belmont students and perform a guest recital with all contemporary works.
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February

  • Andrew Goldman, Ph.D. Guest Lecture
    Dr. Andrew Goldman, Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Western Ontario, will discuss the contributions and limitations of neuroscience in its efforts to explain improvisation, and review his own experimental work on both music and dance improvisation that has attempted to provide meaningful data while not over-generalizing. As neuroscience seeks to explain more and more about the human mind and behavior, it is important to critically reflect on what can and cannot be learned from brain data. Recent research on the neuroscience of jazz improvisation highlights these challenges: how can musical practice that is sometimes defined by its very avoidance of systematicity be scientifically explained?
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And more to come...