[ opening week 2014 ]

Opening Week Schedule: September 2014

The 2014–2015 academic year begins on Tuesday, September 2. All YSM students should review the following schedule and logistical notes. MORE

Published July 29, 2014
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[ in the press ]

Pupils Become Maestros

New Haven Independent
By Lucy Gellman

On a balmy Thursday last week, the students of Morse Summer Music Academy fanned out across New Haven for the first of their new “pop up concerts,” setting up shop inside the Peabody Museum and outside the Yale School of Music. Katherine Roque led the charge in a thicket of high school-aged students, joining an ensemble that was down one flutist. A few blocks away, Jocelyn Hernandez, Jesus Cortes-Sanchez and Richard Romero looked after the groups they had been “coaching” for a mere three days, readying them for their first public appearance.

Group1-550x393What sets Roque (flute), Cortes-Sanchez (clarinet), Hernandez (clarinet) and Romero (alto saxophone) aside from the other teachers this summer is not just their bubbly and hands-on approach, but their age. Unlike the Academy’s typical bunch—graduate students at the Yale School of Music and several New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) teachers—the four are newly minted high school graduates, and the Summer Music Academy’s first crop of NHPS student interns. All four are also New Haven Promise scholars.

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Published July 17, 2014
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The Independent: Top violinist taking classical music behind bars and to the streets

The Independent
By Tim Walker

About 150 audience members are listening rapt as Vijay Gupta, acclaimed violinist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his colleague Zach Dellinger play a movement by Mozart for the violin and viola. Some of those watching nod their heads or tap their feet, others close their eyes, the better to appreciate the sprightly interplay of the two instruments.

Unlike Gupta’s regular audience at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA, some of whom will pay more than $250 (£146) for a ticket, today’s crowd are hearing him play for free. But the assembled men in blue jumpsuits are not, themselves, free. They are all low-level offenders serving out custodial sentences at the Pitchess Detention Centre, around half an hour north of LA. MORE

Published July 16, 2014
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[ students + alumni ]

Alum Daniel Wohl signs with G. Schirmer

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Daniel Wohl

G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with composer Daniel Wohl ’12MMA.

In a statement, Wohl commented: “I’m thrilled to be able to work with the talented people at G. Schirmer. Their dedication to helping composers create new work and their understanding of the creative process makes this an ideal partnership for me.” MORE

Published July 10, 2014
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[ alumni ]

YSM alumni among New Music USA grant recipients

New Music USA has just awarded $311,000 to 57 projects in its second round of project grants. The recipients are “an eclectic mix of creative, provocative, and immensely talented artists [that] captures just a glimpse of the impressive efforts of artists working across the country today.

As in the first round of grants, the recipients include numerous alumni and faculty of the Yale School of Music, such as cellist Ashley Bathgate, composers Timo Andres and Andrew Norman. MORE

Published July 9, 2014
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Feng Bian ’15 MM wins bronze in World Piano Competition

Feng-BianFeng Bian ’15 MM was awarded a bronze medal in the 2014 World Piano Competition. The competition was held June 23–28, 2014 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

This year the competition awarded one gold and two bronze medals. Feng Bian studies with Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music.

The mission of the World Piano Competition is to promote and celebrate the art of classical piano music, inspiring artists and audiences. The competition is presented in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM.

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Published July 8, 2014
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Alumni Wenbin Jin, Kendra James take prizes in competitions

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Wenbin Jin

Pianist Wenbin Jin ’09 MM won third prize in the China International Concerto Competition. Twenty-eight Chinese pianists and seventeen overseas participants took part in the competition, which was held in Shenzhen, China. The competition is held every three years; the first was held in 2006.

Violist Kendra James ’12 MM won the Primrose Prize in the Primrose International Viola Competition, held in Los Angeles in June. The prize is for the best performance of a virtuoso transcription by the late William Primrose.

Kendra James was also a finalist and scholarship winner in the CMC (Canadian Music Competition/Concours de musique du Canada) / Canadian Music Competition “Stepping Stone,” held in Toronto in May.

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Kendra James

Published July 3, 2014
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[ music in schools ]

Fifth Morse Summer Music Academy begins July 7

On Monday, July 7, the Yale School of Music will welcome eighty-eight young participants to the fifth Morse Summer Music Academy, which will take place July 7–August 1, 2014.

AKW_9655The Morse Summer Music Academy provides free, comprehensive music instruction to New Haven Public School music students. In the intensive, four-week program, each student has a weekly private lesson and takes part in scheduled daily individual practice, ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and master classes. Field trips include museums and galleries as well as the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in northwest Connecticut.

The most significant addition to this year’s Morse Academy programming is a series of chamber music pop-up concerts at Yale locations like the Peabody Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and Cross Campus. These concerts will take place every Thursday and Friday afternoon during the program—July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31—starting at 1:00pm. The public is welcome to attend these afternoon concerts, as well as the more formal evening concerts in Sprague Hall on Monday and Wednesday evenings—July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30—at 6:00pm. All concerts are free to attend. (Cost of museum admission still applies.)

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Published July 2, 2014
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