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Industry News — August 2021

Aug 25, 2021, 08:00 AM by Rhythm Scene Staff

Centennial Celebration
The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, officially began its Centennial Celebration July 1, 2021. Their 100 years of history and 18-month-long celebration will include more than 50 new compositions, world premieres, and centennial fanfares written specifically for Eastman’s ensembles, Eastman’s illustrious faculty, and more.

The incredible “Who’s Who” list of composers who have received centennial commissions includes some of the most prominent names in contemporary American music, and two Pulitzer Prize winners. Several composers are current Eastman faculty members. 

These premieres and commissions include over 40 performances that will be premiered by many Eastman ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, Musica Nova, Trombone Choir, Chorale, Saxophone Project, Jazz Ensemble, New Jazz Ensemble, Double-Reed Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Treble Chorus, Wind Orchestra, New Horizon Band, numerous ensembles in the Eastman Community Music School, and more. 

In addition, Eastman alumni composers created 14 fanfares especially for Eastman Centennial and various ensembles.

In addition to Eastman’s student ensembles, several commissions are for faculty members performing in Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series performances throughout the year. These commissions and performances, along with many acclaimed guest artists and residencies, will be formally announced at a future date.

The three-semester-long Eastman Centennial celebration will begin in Fall 2021 and continue throughout 2022. Highlights include acclaimed guest artists performing alongside Eastman’s ensembles, national academic and music conferences, alumni events throughout the country, a documentary being produced in partnership with WXXI, and more. Pillar events include: “Opening of the Doors,” a community-driven celebration scheduled for March 3–6, 2022, “100 concerts to celebrate 100 years,” and a Meliora Weekend celebration in Fall 2022.

For up-to-date information on the Eastman Centennial, including feature stories, future events, videos, testimonials, ways to engage, and more, visit Eastman’s Centennial website at

2021 Emerging Talents Hit like a Girl Award Winners Announced
To help encourage more diversity in the music industry and to promote emerging young talents, Zultan Cymbals has teamed up with the minds behind the international Hit Like a Girl competition aiming to promote young female drummers and support them in their creative and professional development.

Zultan has selected four incredibly talented female drummers from the competition as winners of the Zultan 2021 Emerging Talent Award. Two are from the 13–17 age group, and two are from the under-13 group. The four winners of the Zultan Emerging Talents Award will each receive a set of Zultan Impulz cymbals along with ongoing marketing on the Zultan Cymbals and Hit Like a Girl social media channels. With Hit Like a Girl and Zultan both throwing their weight behind the Emerging Talents winners, the outreach will generate increased exposure for the drummers.

Zultan Cymbals Hit Like a Girl

More information about the winners can be found at

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