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Musicians of Rochester

Kristine Bouyoucos has two loves: music and printmaking. She combines these two in beautiful ways.

Her work is inspired by an eclectic selection of musical scores by composers from JS Bach to George Crumb, and draws on her experiences growing up in a musical household in Norway. 

See her at work in this profile from our colleagues at Arts InFocus.

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Honey Meconi brings music history to life.  

In her new book, Hildegard of Bingen, Meconi offers fresh insight into one of the most creative composers of her time, Hildegard, a German writer and mystic who lived the town of Bingen on the Rhine River.  In the twelfth century, she produced music, theological books, medical texts, and paintings.  

A year has passed since double bassist Gaelen McCormick sat down with Julia Figueras to talk about being afflicted with Bilateral Meniere's Disease, her loss of hearing because of it, and how she was coping with what Gaelen called her super power. A lot has transpired for Gaelen in the last 12 months, and as the next chapter in her new life unfolds, we asked Gaelen to share.

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Mitzie Collins might be excused for resting on her laurels. 

She's not.

For her contributions Rochester's musical life, she earned the 2007 Artist Award from the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester, and she was honored as 2014 Musician of the Year by the Rochester Alumnae of the Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity.

Hammered dulcimer expert.  Shape-note singer.  Organist.  Recording artist.   For decades Mitzie has performed, taught, and delighted audiences in a wide range of musical styles. 

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He was a piano man in a bar. 

Now he's shaping the future as the dean of a conservatory.

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Veronica passed away suddenly on October 9, 2019 from Malaria, after being bitten by a mosquito while attending her father's funeral in Nigeria.  She had accomplished so much for the classical music and the arts in the short time she was in Ghana, and we hope that her passion will inspire others to carry on her legacy. Learn more about her life, her mission and her passing here.

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and Alan Jones took the one less traveled by.

As a Masters student at the Eastman School of Music, the singer and pianist was on the path to becoming a composer when his innovative work as a church musician caught the attention of professors.

Alan is a natural teacher, and he was persuaded to pursue a life as an educator.   

Lucky music students at Spencerport High School blossomed under his direction for thirty-two years.

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His cello has floated to islands and scaled mountains.  Its sound has echoed across remote lakes and dense pine forests.

Brian Donat is The Adirondack Cellist, and he's performed on wild peaks, in hunting cabins, and on lakeside docks.

Lawrence Johnson: classical guitarist, retired city bus driver, composer, and passionate civil rights advocate.

To have a conversation with Lawrence Johnson is an opportunity to become acquainted with a fascinating person, while also getting an overview of the evolution of classical guitar in American musical life during the second half of the 20th century.  The impact of Segovia, the ways that many classical musicians didn’t take the guitar seriously, and the change in the approach and appreciation of classical guitar music – that’s all in there, along with trading a Volkswagon for a tape deck, late night bus runs with a guitar, and Greenwich village in the 1960s.

Whether you have a few minutes to spend with him...

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Meet Teryle ("TARE-ril") Watson, a teacher, conductor, and performer who inspires students with her passion and humor.  

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she came to Rochester in 1967 to attend the Eastman School of Music.  Her journey has taken her from the Julliard School in New York to the Royal College of Music in London and back to Rochester where, in 1975, she embarked on a thirty one year career as a music teacher with the Rochester City School District.

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