Blair School of Music

Dear alumni and friends,

As the Dean of the Blair School, I have the privilege each year to watch new groups of students perform, learn and grow. Thanks to your generous support over the years, the Blair School offers an environment where students thrive. I am writing to ask that you continue to invest in the future of music education at Vanderbilt by giving to Blair. As evidence of your impact, I would like to share a few highlights from the Class of 2017:

Your continued support allows us to provide the programs that attract students like David, Zach and Nicole, and the scholarships that put their dreams within reach.

Committed donors also help us attract and retain world-class faculty. In April, we celebrated Joy Calico, professor of musicology, newly named Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair holder. Robert Fry, senior lecturer in music history and literature, received the 2017 Vanderbilt Alumni Education Award for speaking in the Commodore Classroom program, which sends university faculty to alumni and friends in chapter cities. We welcomed three new artists to Blair this year: Roland Barber, adjunct associate professor of trombone and jazz studies, Kirsten Agresta Copely, adjunct associate professor of harp, and Zachary Ebin, senior artist teacher of Suzuki violin and director of the Suzuki Program.

We have a vibrant schedule of performances this year, including soprano Ah Young Hong, baritone Nathan Gunn, and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, with whom we have an ongoing and fruitful relationship. Vanderbilt Opera Theatre will perform The Marriage of Figaro in the fall, and the Vanderbilt University Orchestra will present the world premiere of a new concerto featuring electric violinist Tracy Silverman. We are also honored to be part of Nashville’s citywide Violins of Hope project, featuring restored violins that survived the Holocaust.

All of these opportunities are possible thanks to the generous support of our community of donors. Thank you again for your past support. Please consider making a gift to Blair today.


Mark Wait
Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Chair