Robert Rowe, director of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, and Jimmy Webb, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), have jointly announced that legendary songwriter/artist Glenn Frey will be the guest at the second Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions at NYU on October 25, 2011.
Frey is one of the world’s most admired and respected songwriter/artists, both as a solo artist and for his work as co-founder and seminal songwriter for the Eagles. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000, and along with the Eagles, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
The Master Sessions, a feature of songwriting studies at NYU Steinhardt and part of the ongoing educational activities of SHOF, were launched earlier this year with SHOF Chairman Jimmy Webb as the inaugural guest. Master Sessions are free and open to the NYU community, members of the Hall of Fame, and the music community.
“NYU is honored to welcome Glenn Frey to our second Master Session collaboration with the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Certainly his artistry, experience, and musicianship will be of enormous interest to our students in many of our programs, from composition and songwriting to music business, music technology, and beyond,” said Rowe.
“We are thrilled that Glenn Frey will be the guest at our upcoming Master Session at NYU,” said Webb. “He has contributed dozens of songs to the canon of modern American popular music, and his indelible vocals have imbued these compositions with an emotional power that has made them resonate with generations. We are excited to be offering insights into his remarkable achievements to the students of NYU and the members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.” Webb will introduce Frey at the Master Session.
With a focus on the art and craft of songwriting, but covering a wide range of topics relevant to students of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, the series features one major figure from music and the music industry each session. Many of the guests – as with Webb and Frey - will be illustrious members of the SHOF, who are the most celebrated and influential songwriters of the past fifty years.
The Master Sessions are part lecture, part performance, and part in-depth interview, concluding with a Q&A. The Master Sessions are organized and moderated by Grammy-nominated songwriter Phil Galdston (Save the Best for Last), a member of NYU’s Artists’ Faculty for five years. He has also just been named the first member of the School’s songwriting faculty, as well as Songwriter-in-Residence. His work at Steinhardt includes the development of a soon-to-be-announced Concentration in Songwriting, as part of the graduate Music Composition program.
About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases, and scholarships. West Cost educational activities are held at The Grammy Museum, which hosts the permanent Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery.
About Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions:
Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions was established in 1925. Today, 1,600 students majoring in renowned music and performing arts programs are guided by a faculty numbering 400. The degree programs—baccalaureate through doctorate—share the School’s spirit of openness and innovation that encourages the pursuit of high artistic and academic goals. This unique vision takes many forms. In 1968, the Department merged with the New York College of Music. Since that time, Music and Performing Arts Professions has functioned as NYU's "school" of music and developed into a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama).