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Christopher Cerrone ’14 DMA wins Rome Prize

Cerrone_ChristopherComposition alumnus Christopher Cerrone has been named the winner of the Samuel Barber Rome Prize for 2015–2016. The awards were announced recently by the American Academy in Rome. The annual Rome Prize Fellowship supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities in a unique residential community in Rome.

Cerrone, a composer, will use his time in Rome to compose new works inspired by Italian architecture, art, and acoustics. In 2014 Cerrone was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his opera Invisible Cities, which the Pulitzer jury called “A captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape.” MORE

Published April 30, 2015
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Recordings by YSM alumni make Rhapsody’s Top Ten Classical Albums for March

CD_clapies_melanieRhapsody’s list of Top Ten Classical Albums for March, 2015 includes two by YSM alumni: Mélanie Clapiès’s Pierrots Lunaires at No. 4 and James Austin Smith’s Distance at No. 5.

Mélanie Clapiès ’15 AD, a violinist, recorded Les Pierrots Lunaires with cellist Yan Levionnois on the Fondamenta label. The recording, which includes works by Ligeti, Ravel, Villa-Lobos, Xenakis, Mařatka, and Schulhoff, is distributed in the U.S. by Naxos. Clapiès was recently named one of the winners of the 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. MORE

Published April 28, 2015
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Bassoonist Yen-Chen Wu wins second prize in Koussevitzky Young Artist Award Competition

Yen-Chen Wu

Yen-Chen Wu

Bassoon student Yen-Chen Wu ’16 MM won second prize in the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Award Competition. The finals took place yesterday at the Liederkranz Hall in New York City.

The Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards, sponsored by the Musicians Club of New York, took place April 24–26, 2015. This year’s competition, which is open to instrumentalists ages 18–30, was for winds and brass players; the event cycles annually through strings, piano, winds/brass, and voice.

Yen-Chen Wu began studying the bassoon in Tainan, Taiwan at the age of nine. During her school years, she was the principal bassoon of the Tainan Symphony Orchestra and a member of both the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Asian Youth Orchestra. MORE

Published April 27, 2015
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Three YSM composers win Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Timo Andres

Timo Andres

Three Yale School of Music composers are among the recipients of the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards: Timo Andres ’07 BA, ’09 MM (Palo Alto, CA); Katherine Balch (San Diego, CA); and Brian Heim (Brownsville, MN).

All 28 award recipients will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 21, 2015. The ASCAP composer/judges were Lisa Bielawa, Steven Burke, Sebastian Currier, Daniel Felsenfeld, Robert Paterson, Alvin Singleton, and Aleksandra Vrebalov.

Katie Balch

Katie Balch

Established in 1979, with funding from the Jack and Amy Norworth Fund, The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards program grants cash prizes to Concert Music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition. MORE

Published April 23, 2015
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New appointments for oboe alumni Merideth Hite, Andrew Parker, Joseph Peters

Merideth Hite

Merideth Hite

Merideth Hite ’09  MM will join the faculty of North Carolina School of the Arts as the new professor of oboe in the fall of 2015. She has been serving on the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi. WEBSITE

Andrew Parker ’03 MM,  currently professor of oboe at The University of Iowa, will be joining in the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin as their new professor of oboe in Fall 2015.

Joseph Peters ’11 MM has won the principal oboe position with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. MORE

Published April 22, 2015
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Julia Wolfe ’86 MM wins Pulitzer Prize in Music

Julia Wolfe | Photo by Peter Serling

 

Julia Wolfe ’86 MM has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for her piece Anthracite Fields. The Pulitzer jury described the piece as “a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the twentieth century.” The piece was commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia through Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program.

The Mendelssohn Club and the Bang on a Can All-Stars premiered the work in Philadelphia 2014. The piece was later included in the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY Phil Biennial festival.

Wolfe, a co-founder of Bang on a Can, is the second composer from the group to win a Pulitzer. David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA, another co-founder, won in 2008 for The Little Match Girl Passion. Wolfe’s piece Steel Hammer was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. MORE

Published April 21, 2015
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Alumnus Matthew Barnson receives Guggenheim Fellowship

barnson_matthew_webComposer Matthew Barnson ’07 MM, ’08 MMA, ’12 DMA was named the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2015. He is one of only eleven composers to receive the honor.

In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Fellowships to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Fellows are active in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

The candidates, appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, were chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants. Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

Published April 20, 2015
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POSTPONED: Career Strategies presents networking workshop April 28

Update 4/27: This workshop has been postponed to the fall semester.

Astrid BaumgardnerThe Office of Career Strategies will lead a workshop on networking skills on Tuesday, April 28. Astrid Baumgardner will lead the workshop, which will take place from 12:20 to 1:30 pm in Leigh Hall, Room 408.

The music business is a people business, and today’s musicians need to know how to create and sustain successful relationships through networking. The 70-minute workshop will teach the basics of effective networking.

Baumgardner writes: “We will cover the basic principles of networking, learn how to overcome the challenges to networking, and create an elevator pitch so that you know what to say when you meet people in networking situations.” The event will finish up with a role-playing exercise that gives participants the opportunity to practice their networking skills and then debrief the experience. MORE

Published April 20, 2015
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Winners of 2015 Concerto Competition announced

Adelya Nartadjieva

Adelya Nartadjieva

The 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition took place last Saturday, April 18. The judges selected three winners who will perform with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2015–2016 season.  The winners, in alphabetical order, are:

Melanie Clápiès, violin
Berg: Violin Concerto

Adelya Nartadjieva, violin
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major

Sun-A Park, piano
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor MORE

Published April 20, 2015
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YSM alumni among “Top Composers Who Are Redefining Classical Music”

The Culture Trip | By Helen Armitage

While the great composers like Bach and Beethoven may still reign supreme in classical music circles, a generation of new young composers are challenging its traditional boundaries. From the haunting ‘indie-classical’ sounds of Missy Mazzoli to Judd Greenstein’s post-genre adventures, we profile ten innovative young composers bringing new life to classical music.

missy mazzoli composer alumniMissy Mazzoli

Hailed by The New York Times as one of the ‘more consistently inventive and surprising composers now working in New York’, Missy Mazzoli is an American composer and keyboardist based in Brooklyn whose works straddle the line between classical and indie with a haunting, innovative sound. Her debut opera Song from the Uproar premiered in 2012 to rave reviews and her works have been performed worldwide by the New York City Opera and Sydney Symphony, to name but a few. Currently working as composer-in-residence with Opera Philadelphia and Gotham Chamber Opera, Mazzoli’s future projects include Breaking the Waves – a chamber opera based Lars Von Triers 1996 film of the same name due to premiere in 2016. MORE

Published April 18, 2015
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