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Ensemble-in-Residence: Eighth Blackbird

Dedicated to providing music students every opportunity to hear and work with professional, innovative musicians, the University of Richmond is fortunate to have an ongoing ensemble-in-residence program. Based out of Chicago, the three-time Grammy award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird has been at Richmond since 2004. 

Members of eighth blackbird
Nathalie Joachim, flutes
Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets
Yvonne Lam, violin & viola
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Matthew Duvall, percussion
Lisa Kaplan, piano

Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from America’s Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire, and Bay states. There are four foodies, three beer snobs and one exercise junkie. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917).

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know. 

Eighth Blackbird is managed by David Lieberman Artists. With an ever-growing array of awards, collaborations, performances, recordings, and compositions and now known worldwide, "the birds" add another level of excitement to studying music at the University of Richmond.   

2016-2017 Residency Dates

Private lessons with members of eighth blackbird are available for students enrolled in MSAP and can be arranged through the music office ( eighth blackbird will be on campus the following dates:

Fall 2016

September 19–23

October 24–November 6

Spring 2017

January 30–February 3

March 27–31