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Honoring the Life of Composer Alfred H. Bartles

Bartles Concert Program Cover

The program for the Blair School of Music's tribute concert.

Concert: Tribute Concert honoring the Life of Composer Alfred H. Bartles

Exhibit: Alfred H. Bartles
Fellowship: Project Proposal

“The amount of detail and patience that has to go into working with donors (or people in general) and working with special materials cannot be overstated.”  — Brian Entwistle

About the Project

Alfred H. Bartles (1930-2006) was a composer, arranger, cellist, and jazz pianist who had important ties to Nashville and the Blair School of Music. He belonged to the first generation of cross-over musicians who felt equally at home in both classical and jazz disciplines. In December of 2015, near what would have been his 80th birthday, the Wilson Music Library in collaboration with the Blair School of Music hosted a memorial concert to celebrate his life and unveil the Alfred H. Bartles Papers. Brian organized the concert, helped to create a finding aid for the papers and created an Omeka web resource of materials and information to further expose this collection to the public.

Brian Entwistle

About the Fellow

Brian Entwistle is a senior majoring in trombone performance in the Blair School of Music. He is a member of the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, Vanderbilt Orchestra, the Blair Big Band, the Blair Trombone Quartet, and the Vanderbilt University Trombone Choir. He is a senior class representative on the Blair Student Council and the student manager of the Wind Symphony, as well as a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. He plans to spend a year or two in Nashville in the freelance music scene before attending graduate school to pursue his goal of orchestral performance.