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Ensemble-in-Residence: Eighth Blackbird

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

Nathalie Joachim, flutes
Zach Good, clarinets
TBA, violin & viola
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Matthew Duvall, percussion
Lisa Kaplan, piano

Eighth Blackbird’s mission — moving music forward through innovative performance, advocating for new music by living composers, and creating a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians — extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival, has held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the University of Chicago, and holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. In 2017, Eighth Blackbird launched its boldest initiative yet with the creation of Blackbird Creative Laboratory, a mentorship program for pre- and emerging professional musicians. In 2019, Eighth Blackbird will release When We Are Inhuman, in collaboration with Will Oldham and Bryce Dessner, as well as head into the recording studio with Singing in the Dead of Night, which was written for them by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe.

Eighth Blackbird is managed by Andrew Glick of David Lieberman Artists' Representatives. 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.   

2019-2020 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:

November 4-9

February 3-6

March 13-18

April 13-18, culminating in an April 18th department-wide performance project with American composer Matthew Burtner