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Famous Eastman School Of Music Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 5.3k views198 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Eastman School of Music and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Eastman School of Music, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Eastman School of Music include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Eastman School of Music alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Eastman School of Music are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Eastman School of Music.

You can rank all of these graduates, from Steve Gadd to Lance Reddick.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Eastman School of Music?” and “Which celebrities are Eastman School of Music alumni?”
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  • 1
    Maria Schneider

    Maria Schneider

    Arranger, Composer

    Age59

    BirthplaceWindom, Minnesota

    Maria Lynn Schneider (born November 27, 1960) is an American composer and jazz orchestra... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Chuck Mangione

    Chuck Mangione

    Musician, Composer

    Age79

    BirthplaceRochester, New York, USA

    Charles Frank Mangione (; born November 29, 1940) is an American flugelhorn player, trumpeter... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Angelo Badalamenti

    Angelo Badalamenti

    Film Score Composer, Songwriter

    Age83

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Angelo Badalamenti (born March 22, 1937) is an American composer, best known for his work... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    David Diamond

    David Diamond

    Film Score Composer

    AgeDec. at 90 (1915-2005)

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    David Leo Diamond (July 9, 1915 – June 13, 2005) was an American composer of classical music.
  • 5
    Steve Gadd

    Steve Gadd

    Musician, Drummer

    Age75

    BirthplaceIrondequoit, New York, USA

    Stephen Kendall Gadd (born April 9, 1945) is an American drummer, percussionist, and session... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Renée Fleming

    Renée Fleming

    Actor, Singer

    Age61

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Renée Lynn Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano, known for performances in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Wendy O. Williams

    Wendy O. Williams

    Musician, Actor

    AgeDec. at 49 (1949-1998)

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, Webster

    Wendy Orlean Williams (May 28, 1949 – April 6, 1998) was an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Lawrence Kenneth Moss (born November 18, 1927 in Los Angeles, California) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Barbara Harbach

    Barbara Harbach

    Professor, Harpsichordist
    Barbara Harbach is a composer, harpsichordist, organist and teacher. Since 2004, she has been... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Lew Soloff

    Lew Soloff

    Trumpeter

    Age76

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Lewis Michael Soloff (February 20, 1944 – March 8, 2015) was an American jazz trumpeter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Eric Ewazen

    Eric Ewazen

    Composer, Teacher

    Age66

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Eric Ewazen (; born March 1, 1954, Cleveland, Ohio) is an American composer and teacher.
  • 12

    Age80

    John Longhurst (born 1940) was an organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1977 through... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ron Carter

    Ron Carter

    Film Score Composer, Bassist

    Age83

    BirthplaceFerndale, Michigan, United States of America

    Ronald Levin Carter (born May 4, 1937) is an American jazz double bassist. His appearances on... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Herbert Owen Reed (June 17, 1910 – January 6, 2014) was an American composer, conductor and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    James E. Pugh

    James E. Pugh

    Composer, Trombonist

    Age69

    BirthplaceCamden, New Jersey

    James Edward Pugh (born November 12, 1950) is a trombonist, composer, and educator. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Mitch Miller

    Mitch Miller

    Conductor, Record producer

    AgeDec. at 99 (1911-2010)

    BirthplaceRochester, New York, USA

    Mitchell William Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010) was an American oboist, conductor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Mollie Katzen

    Mollie Katzen

    Author, Writer

    Age69

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    Mollie Katzen (born October 13, 1950 in Rochester, New York, U.S.) is an American chef,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Raymond Premru

    Raymond Premru

    Composer, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 64 (1934-1998)

    BirthplaceElmira, New York

    Raymond Eugene ("Ray") Premru (June 6, 1934 – May 8, 1998) was an American trombonist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Paul Phillips

    Paul Phillips

    Conductor

    Age64

    Paul Schuyler Phillips (born April 28, 1956) is an American conductor, composer and music... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Jon Hassell

    Jon Hassell

    Film Score Composer, Musician

    Age83

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Jon Hassell (born March 22, 1937) is an American trumpet player and composer active since the... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Bill Cunliffe

    Bill Cunliffe

    Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist

    Age64

    BirthplaceAndover, Massachusetts

    William Henry Cunliffe Jr. (born June 26, 1956), known professionally as Bill Cunliffe, is an... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Mark Davis Scatterday (born 1959) is an American conductor best known for his association with... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Dominick Argento

    Dominick Argento

    Librettist, Professor

    Age92

    BirthplaceYork, Pennsylvania

    Dominick Argento (October 27, 1927 – February 20, 2019) was an American composer known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Robert Nathaniel Dett

    Robert Nathaniel Dett

    Musician, Composer

    AgeDec. at 61 (1882-1943)

    BirthplaceNiagara Falls, Canada

    Robert Nathaniel Dett (October 11, 1882 – October 2, 1943), often known as R. Nathaniel Dett... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Lance Reddick

    Lance Reddick

    Musician, Film Producer

    Age58

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    Lance Reddick (born December 31, 1962) is an American actor and musician. He is best known for... more on Wikipedia

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