Congratulations to the 2012 Prize Winners

The School held its annual Honors Dinner last Sunday, April 29. The event paid tribute to distinguished alumni and faculty, and honored outstanding students.

Prize List 2012

BRASS AND WOODWINDS

The Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Memorial Prize, to a student who has demonstrated the highest standard of excellence in woodwind playing.
Ginevra Petrucci

The John Swallow Prize, to an outstanding student whose artistry and dedication have contributed to the brass area.
Paul Futer MORE

Published April 30, 2012
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Faculty profile: Ettore Causa, viola

Ettore Causa joined the School of Music faculty in the fall of 2009. He brought not only his experience on the concert stage but a deep passion for teaching.

In this brand-new video, watch him in his studio, hear from some of his students, and learn about his unique approach to teaching.

Published April 30, 2012
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ISM holds symposium on Haydn’s Creation

The Creation in Context:
Symposium examining the musical, liturgical, and literary contexts of Haydn’s masterpiece

The Institute of Sacred Music presents a symposium this Saturday called The Creation in Context. The event will examine the musical, liturgical, and literary contexts of Haydn’s masterpiece.

The symposium is presented in conjunction with the performance of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung by Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415 on Sunday, April 29.

Melanie Lowe, Associate Professor of Musicology Vanderbilt University, will give the keynote address, Creating Chaos in Haydn’s Creation.

The symposium takes place Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 1 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall (120 High Street, New Haven; enter on Wall Street). The event is open to the public and requires no registration. MORE

Published April 25, 2012
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Kim Perlak ’01MM releases CD of American music

Kim Perlak ’01MM has released Common Ground, a disc of new American music for solo classical guitar.

The CD was recorded March of 2011 in Sprague Hall with engineer Eugene Kimball, the School of Music’s recording engineer. All of the music on the recording is American, new, and written by living composers.

The recording features works by two Yale School of Music composers: faculty member Benjamin Verdery, and Robert Honstein (MMA). Other pieces on the disc are by Andrew York, Bryan Johnason, David Leisner, and Perlak herself.

The recording, which was released on April 2, is available on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. Cactus Cafe, the legendary venue in Austin, Texas (operated by local NPR station KUT 90.5), hosted the CD release concert.

Writes Perlak: “The music on this recording is one of place. Each of these composers has found his voice in a combination of the grooves, lyricism, sensibilities, and techniques from the American and classical guitar traditions. Their unique and distinctive sounds have the ability to tap into emotional and personal memory, and at the same time, reflect the broader American experience.

“As an interpreter, I was drawn to each of these pieces both sonically and emotionally. In the time I’ve played them, each work has come to feel like an old or new friend. To varying degrees, I’ve had the privilege to know each composer and am grateful for the personal insight and artistic room they have contributed to my playing. It has been a joy to find within each work a common root, a common feeling – a common ground.” MORE

Published April 24, 2012
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New video on Music in Schools Initiative

“For the first time in their lives, they’re getting musical instruction.” Ruben Rodriguez, the lead teacher in the Music in Schools Initiative, talks about YSM’s programs in the New Haven Public Schools. Meet teaching artists Kaitlin Taylor, Rosa Jang, and Paul Futer, and hear young students talk about their experiences studying a musical instrument with YSM musicians.

“When you can find that music helps a whole community in such a big way, your life can change.”

Music in Schools Initiative – Yale School of Music from yalemusic on Vimeo.

The programs of the Music in Schools Initiative are made possible by the endowment created by the Yale College Class of 1957.

Published April 24, 2012
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May 10th concert features Matthew Barnson’s three violin sonatas

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring the music of Matthew Barnson on Thursday, May 10, 2012. This performance was rescheduled from January 26th. The program will feature Barnson’s three sonatas for violin and piano, as well as a work for solo piano.

The concert opens with Shattered Lines/Points of Horizon, composed in 2009. Barnson writes: “I began Shattered Lines/Points of Horizon as an abstract fantasy on French Baroque ornamentation, but the work evolved into what a listener might hear as a series of six or seven large-scale, highly elaborated ornaments.”

This piece will be performed by Taka Kigawa, whom the New York Times called a “formidable pianist [with] the technique and imagination to clarify the structure and musical syntax of difficult works.” MORE

Published April 24, 2012
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Trombonist Jason Robins ’06MM wins position with Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Jason Robins, trombone

Jason Robins, trombone

Jason Robins ’06MM won the position of second trombone in the Alabama Symphony Orchestra earlier this week.

Robins is currently finishing his second season as principal trombone of the Erie Philharmonic. He holds degrees from Stetson University and the Yale School of Music, where he studied with David Schmidt and Scott Hartman, respectively.

In September, he will begin his new appointment with the Alabama Symphony as second trombone.

Published April 23, 2012
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Jazz drummer Matt Wilson performs with Arts and Crafts May 11

“Besides being a great drummer and a promising composer, Matt Wilson knows how to lead a band!
– Boston Globe

The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music concludes its 2011–2012 season on Friday, May 11 with a concert featuring drummer Matt Wilson. Voted Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, Wilson will perform with his band Arts and Crafts.

The members of Arts and Crafts are Michael Rodriguez, trumpet and flugelhorn; Gary Versace, piano, Hammond organ, and accordion; and Martin Wind, bass. “It is only through players like these, who can simultaneously be serious and have fun,” writes CODA Magazine of Arts and Crafts, “that the music will continue to grow, remain alive and thrive into its second century.

The concert will begin at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

Tickets are $20–$30, $10 with student ID, available at music.yale.edu, 203 432-4158, or at the box office in Sprague Hall.

The Ellington Jazz Series at Yale is directed by Willie Ruff.

About the Performers

New York based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of today’s most celebrated jazz artists, recognized for his musical drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. Recently, Matt performed at the White House as part of an all-star jazz group. Matt was named the artist in residence at the Litchfield Jazz Festival. In 2010, Wilson led over 250 outreach programs promoting jazz, including an acclaimed Jazz for Young Peoples concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He leads the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts and Crafts, Christmas Tree-O, and the Carl Sandburg Project, and is an integral part of many other bands. He has performed with legends including Herbie Hancock, Dewey Redman, Elvis Costello, Kenny Barron, John Zorn, and Wynton Marsalis. Wilson has appeared on 250 CDs as a sideman and has released nine as a leader for Palmetto Records as well as co-leading five additional releases. Matt was featured on the covers of both Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines in November 2009 and for five consecutive years was voted No. 1 Rising Star Drummer in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. The readers of JazzTimes recently chose him as one of the top four drummers in the 2010 Readers Poll. In 2003, he was voted Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Since basing himself in New York City in June of 2002, jazz organist, pianist, and accordionist Gary Versace has quickly become one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the scene, often featured in bands led by musicians such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Maria Schneider, Matt Wilson, Lee Konitz, Eliot Zigmund, Scott Wendholt, Joe Magnarelli, Danny Gottlieb, Seamus Blake, John Hollenbeck, Andy LaVerne, Adam Nussbaum, Brad Shepik, Ingrid Jensen, Tim Ries, and many others. Versace was voted a “rising star” on the Hammond organ in the last three Downbeat critics polls, and was the subject of a feature article in Keyboard magazine. He has been a featured soloist on several critically acclaimed recordings. Versace has appeared as a leader for the Criss Cross and SteepleChase labels, and as a sideman on over fifty recordings on labels including Palmetto, ACT, Omnitone, Songlines, Pirouet, High Note, Justin Time, ArtistShare, Fresh Sound, Kind of Blue. Versace performed in a two-piano recital with Marian McPartland, and in 1999 appeared on her NPR program Piano Jazz. Versace has a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and spent eight years as a tenured associate professor in the jazz studies department at the University of Oregon. He remains active as a clinician and guest soloist both nationally and around the world.

Bassist and composer Martin Wind was born in Flensburg, Germany in 1968 and moved to New York in 1996 to study at NYU with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. In 1995 he earned a diploma from the Music Conservatory in Cologne, Germany. In 1998 he earned his master’s degree in Jazz Performance and Composition.
Martin has become a regular at New York’s major jazz clubs and is also in demand as a session player; his credits include movies such as The Alamo and Mona Lisa Smiles. In 1995 Martin won third prize at the International Thelonious Monk Bass Competition. Martin has released about ten albums as leader/co-leader, beginning with Gone with the Wind (1993). Since 2007 he’s been leading his own quartet, featuring Sott Robinson (reeds), Bill Cunliffe (piano), and Tim Horner (drums); they have released two albums as well as the DVD Live at Jazz Baltica (2009). Currently Martin is member of the trios of Bill Mays, Dena DeRose, Don Friedman, James Gordon Williams and Russ Kassoff. He has recorded and/or performed with Gidon Kremer, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostopowitch, Lalo Schifrin, Monty Alexander, Pat Metheny, Slide Hampton, Toots Thielemans, the Metropole Orchestra, Eddie Daniels, Village Vanguard Orchestra, and others. Martin Wind is on the faculty at New York University.

Trumpeter/composer Michael Rodriguez was born in Queens, New York. At the age of eight he began studying classical guitar, and in middle school he began the trumpet. He was later accepted at the prestigious New World High School of the Arts to study trumpet and guitar. He continued his trumpet studies with a full scholarship to the University of Miami, where he completed two years before transferring to the New School in New York, where he received his B.A. Michael has performed with pianist Eric Reed, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Quincy Jones, Joe Lovano, Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra, the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Pop Icon Jessica Simpson, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Carla Bley Band, Harry Connick Jr., Eddie Palmieri Septet, Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, Bon Minzter, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. In addition to his demand as a performer, Michael also has many documented recordings, most notably with Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Michael Rodriguez is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Published April 23, 2012
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Ole Akahoshi & Elizabeth Parisot perform May 4

Faculty Artist Series presents its last concert of the season

The Yale School of Music presents the cellist Ole Akahoshi and the pianist Elizabeth Parisot in concert on Friday, May 4. The concert, which takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, will mark the close of the 2011–2012 season for the Faculty Artist Series.

Akahoshi and Parisot will open with music from the Romantic period: Felix Mendelssohn’s youthful Variations concertantes in D major, Op. 17, and Johannes Brahms’s expansive Cello Sonata in E minor, Op. 38.

The second half of the concert explores music of France and Spain, beginning with the Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 123, by Camille Saint-Saëns. The evening concludes with Manuel de Falla’s Suite populaire Espagnole, a set of six popular Spanish songs arranged for cello and piano.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free.

For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published April 23, 2012
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Master class with cellist Tanya Tomkins April 21

The distinguished cellist Tanya Tomkins will give an open master class on Saturday, April 21, from 1:00 to 4:45 pm. The class takes place in Parker Hall, Room 408 in Leigh Hall (435 College Street) and is  sponsored by the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

A member of the faculty of the American Bach Soloists Summer Academy, Tanya Tomkins has also given master classes at Juilliard, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and San Jose State University.

Tanya Tomkins returned to the United States in 1998 after living in Holland for 14 years, where she discovered that certain music sounds amazing when performed on the historic instruments for which it was composed. This discovery has informed her diverse career as soloist and chamber musician, and is reflected in her virtuoso performances on both baroque and modern cellos.

Hailed as “a cellist with a very special and unusual intensity” by NRC Handelsblad (The Netherlands), Tomkins has also been called “a performer who combines an intense dramatic fire with Apollonian poise” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Tanya is the first cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists.  As an active soloist and chamber recitalist, Tanya has performed to critical acclaim at Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, among many other venues.

Currently a principal cellist for San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque, Tanya has also performed as soloist with both orchestras.  MORE

Published April 20, 2012
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