Four YSM composers advance in Project440

Timothy Andres

The first round of composers to advance in Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 was announced live on New York Public Radio yesterday morning. Four Yale School of Music composers were among those advancing to the next round: Timothy Andres, Judd Greenstein, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Andrew Norman. Preben Antonsen, an undergraduate in Yale College, also advanced.

The project, which began with 60 composer candidates and will conclude with the selection of four Orpheus commission recipients later this year, offers the public a rare glimpse into the ways new commissions come to be. Yesterday’s announcement narrowed the field from 60 nominees down to 30. a subsequent round of elimination on September 9 will see 12 candidates advance to the final round, and the four winners will be announced in mid-October.

Orpheus designed Project 440 in keeping with the passion for new music and for transparency of the creative process that has been a hallmark of the orchestra since its inception in 1972. The project is documented online on the WQXR website, where fans and members of the public have engaged in lively debate about each of the candidates and Project 440 as a whole.


Published August 5, 2010
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Morse Summer Music Academy in full swing

The Morse Summer Music Academy has been in full swing for just over a week and there have already been numerous events: two concerts; a talk to the students and their parents by the distinguished educator James Comer; a special presentation on theory and musicianship by professor Joan Panetti; a clarinet master class with professor David Shifrin; a field trip to the Norfolk Summer School and Chamber Music Festival in northwestern Connecticut; a visit by the donors, Lester and Enid Morse; and an informal meeting with parents by Dean Robert Blocker.

All this in addition to daily ensemble rehearsals, individual practice and lessons, and classes in musicianship.

Published August 4, 2010
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Meet YSM at upcoming admissions fairs

Students outside Leigh Hall at the Yale School of Music

Interested in applying to the Yale School of Music? Come meet us at one of several upcoming admissions events.

The first is TOMORROW (Wednesday, August 4) on the Aspen Music Festival campus. Representatives from YSM and the nation’s other top music schools will be on hand to speak with prospective students and give out information. As a bonus, YSM faculty Peter Oundjian will conduct the Aspen Concert Orchestra concert that evening.

Wed, Aug. 4: Aspen, CO

Castle Creek 1, Aspen Music Festival campus
11 am–2 pm

Wed, Sep. 29: Houston, TX

Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall
7–9 pm

Mon, Oct 11: Oberlin, OH

Performing Arts College Fair
Oberlin Conservatory of Music Building

Tue, Oct 12: Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati, Tangeman University Center
7–9 pm

Thu, Nov. 4: Rochester, NY

Upstate New York Music College Fair
5–7 pm

Visit our admissions page for more info on applying to the Yale School of Music.

Published August 3, 2010
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