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Famous Eastman School Of Music Alumni

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People 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?”
  • Maria Lynn Schneider (born November 27, 1960) is an American composer and jazz orchestra leader who has won multiple Grammy Awards.
  • Charles Frank Mangione (; born November 29, 1940) is an American flugelhorn player, trumpeter and composer. He was a member of Art Blakey's band and co-led the Jazz Brothers with his brother, Gap. He ...more
  • Angelo Badalamenti (born March 22, 1937) is an American composer, best known for his work scoring films for director David Lynch, notably Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks saga (1990–1992, 2017), The ...more
  • David Leo Diamond (July 9, 1915 – June 13, 2005) was an American composer of classical music.
  • Stephen Kendall Gadd (born April 9, 1945) is an American drummer, percussionist, and session musician. Gadd is one of the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the ...more
  • Renée Lynn Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano, known for performances in opera, concerts, recordings, theater, film, and at major public occasions. Fleming has a full lyric ...more
  • Wendy Orlean Williams (May 28, 1949 – April 6, 1998) was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Webster, New York, she came to prominence as the lead singer of the punk rock band ...more
  • Lawrence Kenneth Moss (born November 18, 1927 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of contemporary classical music. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los ...more
  • Barbara Harbach is a composer, harpsichordist, organist and teacher. Since 2004, she has been Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She founded Women in the Arts-St. Louis to ...more
  • Lewis Michael Soloff (February 20, 1944 – March 8, 2015) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer and actor. From New York City, he studied trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard ...more
  • Eric Ewazen (; born March 1, 1954, Cleveland, Ohio) is an American composer and teacher.
  • John Longhurst (born 1940) was an organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1977 through 2007. He is also noted for writing the music to the Latter-day Saint hymn "I Believe in Christ" and being ...more
  • Ronald Levin Carter (born May 4, 1937) is an American jazz double bassist. His appearances on 2,221 recording sessions make him the most-recorded jazz bassist in history.Carter is also a cellist who ...more
  • Herbert Owen Reed (June 17, 1910 – January 6, 2014) was an American composer, conductor and author.
  • James Edward Pugh (born November 12, 1950) is a trombonist, composer, and educator. He is noted as the lead trombonist with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd (1972–1976) and Chick Corea's Return to ...more
  • Mitchell William Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010) was an American oboist, conductor, record producer and record industry executive. He was involved in almost all aspects of the industry, ...more
  • Mollie Katzen (born October 13, 1950 in Rochester, New York, U.S.) is an American chef, cookbook author and artist. She is best known for her vegetarian cookbook, the Moosewood Cookbook (1974), ...more
  • Raymond Eugene ("Ray") Premru (June 6, 1934 – May 8, 1998) was an American trombonist, composer, and music teacher, who was based for most of his career in London, England. His work on the bass ...more
  • Paul Schuyler Phillips (born April 28, 1956) is an American conductor, composer and music scholar. He is the Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies, with the rank of Associate Professor ...more
  • Jon Hassell (born March 22, 1937) is an American trumpet player and composer active since the 1960s. He is best known for developing the musical concept known as "Fourth World," which unifies ideas ...more
  • William Henry Cunliffe Jr. (born June 26, 1956), known professionally as Bill Cunliffe, is an American jazz pianist and composer. He has written books on jazz for Alfred Publications and has taught ...more
  • Mark Davis Scatterday (born 1959) is an American conductor best known for his association with the Eastman School of Music, in which he has served as director for its wind ensembles.
  • Dominick Argento (October 27, 1927 – February 20, 2019) was an American composer known for his lyric operatic and choral music. Among his best known pieces are the operas Postcard from Morocco, Miss ...more
  • Robert Nathaniel Dett (October 11, 1882 – October 2, 1943), often known as R. Nathaniel Dett and Nathaniel Dett, was a Canadian-American Black composer, organist, pianist, choral director, and music ...more
  • Lance Reddick (born December 31, 1962) is an American actor and musician. He is best known for playing Cedric Daniels in The Wire and Phillip Broyles in Fringe. He is also known for portraying ...more