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All-City Honors Ensembles to perform final concert of season

Music in Schools-156The 2014–15 season of the All-City Honors Ensembles — a major program of the Music in Schools Initiative — will come to a close with a final concert in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall on Saturday, May 30. The concert begins at 6:00 pm and is open to the public. Admission is free, no tickets required.

The All-City Honors Ensembles are comprised of band, orchestra, and chorus programs. Nearly every Saturday afternoon throughout the school year, a total of over 200 New Haven Public School students have been attending rehearsals at Wilbur Cross HS, led by a combination of NHPS music teachers, YSM graduate student Teaching Artists, and special guests. Students range from 4th-12th grade, and are admitted by audition in October. Participants are expected to maintain membership in their schools’ music ensembles as well, if available. MORE

Published May 27, 2015
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Jake Fridkis to be principal flute of South Dakota Symphony

fridkis_jakeJacob Mende-Fridkis ’14 MM has won the position of Principal Flute in the South Dakota Symphony.

About Jake Fridkis

Flutist Jake Fridkis has performed as a soloist throughout the world with concerto appearances in United States, Germany, Italy, France, Brazil and most recently in Woolsey Hall with the Yale Concert Band. He has served as guest principal flute with Symphony SONG (Korea), the Princeton Symphony, and the Cleveland Philharmonic, and has appeared with the symphonies of St. Louis and New Haven. MORE

Published May 22, 2015
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Isabel Gleicher wins Myrna Brown Flute Competition

Izzy_Gleicher.jpgIsabel Lepanto Gleicher ’14 MM won first prize in the 30th annual Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition. The event, held by the Texas Flute Society, took place in Denton, Texas on May 14 and 15, 2015.

The winner of the competition receives a cash prize and is invited to appear as a guest artist at the Texas Flute Festival the year following the competition.

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Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a versatile performer who enjoys a career filled with a variety of music. She has performed internationally in venues including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, and the Galapagos Art Space; the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China; the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan; and in the Rolston Recital Hall at the Banff Center in Canada. MORE

Published May 22, 2015
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Yale Alumni Magazine: Celebrity harpsichord?

ycmi-harpsichordYale Alumni Magazine | Mar/Apr 1015

Some time in the late nineteenth century, an unknown antiques dealer decided that this harpsichord wasn’t glamorous enough. It’s a rare 1770 instrument by Pascal Taskin, harpsichord maker to King Louis XV and head of the most admired workshop in the history of French harpsichords. Nevertheless, it got a makeover. Taskin’s name was allowed to remain on it—but “Restored by Taskin” was added, to suggest an earlier maker. Paintings were incorporated to imply that it once belonged to Émilie du Châtelet (1706–49), an important French scholar and Voltaire’s mistress from 1733 to 1740. The woman seen here on the inside of the lid is meant to resemble her, and the chateau to her right is Cirey, where she lived with Voltaire. MORE

Published May 20, 2015
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Invisible Anatomy, collective of YSM alumni, performs in Beijing

Invisible Anatomy

Invisible Anatomy

Invisible Anatomy, a composer/performer collective comprised of seven Yale School of Music alumni, will perform their original program Body Parts in Beijing this May and June.

The members of Invisible Anatomy are Fay Wang, voice; Brendon Randall-Myers, guitar; Paul Kerekes, piano/keyboards; Daniel Schlosberg, piano/keyboards; Ian Gottlieb, cello; Samuel Adams, double bass; and Benjamin Wallace, percussion.

The group describes Body Parts as “an exploration of the human body as the most fundamental aspect of performance.” The concert of seven compositions, written by the members of the group, “dismembers, transforms, and reanimates the performing body.”

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Published May 19, 2015
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Argus Quartet named for fellowship program

Argus Quartet

Argus Quartet

The Argus Quartet has been appointed the new fellowship quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music. Beginning in the fall of 2015, they will be mentored by the Brentano Quartet, performing frequently and receiving career guidance. The ensemble will also assist the Brentano Quartet in leading performance classes and will coach undergraduate chamber music.

The members of the quartet are Jason Issokson, violin; Clara Kim, violin; Diana Wade, viola; and YSM alumna Joann Whang ’09 MM, cello. MORE

Published May 19, 2015
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Two YSM alumni are among Copland House’s CULTIVATE Fellows for 2015

nazaykinskaya_polinaCopland House recently announced the fellows chosen to participate this June in CULTIVATE, its acclaimed, annual emerging composers institute. Two YSM alumni are among the six composers selected: Michael Gilbertson and Polina Nazaykinskaya. They were chosen out of nearly 85 applicants from 25 states by a distinguished composer panel comprised of CULTIVATE director Derek Bermel; BBC Masterprize winner Pierre Jalbert, a two-time Copland House resident; and Fulbright Scholar Dalit Warshaw.

CULTIVATE, an all-scholarship intensive creative workshop and mentoring program, will take place June 1–7 in northern Westchester County, N.Y., at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in Cortlandt Manor and at the Merestead estate in nearby Mount Kisco. Launched in 2012, it has quickly become a coveted destination for highly gifted composers on the threshold of their professional careers. MORE

Published May 15, 2015
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Boston Globe: Antico Moderno focuses on fresh sounds for period instruments

antico-moderno-webBoston Globe | By David Weininger
May 15, 2015

Jacques Wood’s eureka moment came when he was a graduate student at Yale. Having completed the academic portion of his doctoral studies in cello performance, Wood in 2010 began an immersion in early music practice with Robert Mealy, one of the country’s prominent historical-string players. For many musicians trained on modern instruments, the first serious encounter with instruments of the past can be such a bombshell that they end up pursuing early music with a convert’s zeal.

For Wood, the experience brought a different insight no less revelatory. “My initial reaction was that playing early music for the first time felt a lot like playing new music for the first time,” he said in a recent conversation at a Harvard Square cafe. “It’s the same feeling, where there’s no tradition attached to it. You’re looking at it for the first time.” MORE

Published May 15, 2015
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Percussion alumni win orchestra, faculty appointments

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Ji Hye Jung

Ji Hye Jung ’09 MM was appointed Associate Professor of Percussion at Vanderbilt University. For the past six years, she has been Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas.

That newly open position at the University of Kansas will be filled by Michael Compitello ’09MM, ’12MMA, who has been serving as Director of Percussion at Cornell University.

Mike Compitello | photo by Matt Fried

Mike Compitello | photo by Matt Fried

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Georgi Videnov

In addition, Georgi Videnov ’15 MM was recently appointed Assistant Timpanist and Percussionist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for the 2015–2016 season. MORE

Published May 15, 2015
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June 5 event combines concert and conversation

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Matheus Garcia-Souza

An event on Friday, June 5 will highlight the role that music partnerships can play in today’s environment. Matheus Garcia Souza ’14 MM will talk about his work as a teaching artist, lead a performance by New Haven’s All-City Honors String Orchestra, and perform with his own string quartet.

Originally from Londrina, Brazil, Matheus started teaching during his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, with students from the ages of 6 to 50. While studying for his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, he served as a teaching artist in the Music in Schools Initiative: he taught beginning string students at Lincoln-Bassett Elementary School and then directed the All-City Honors String Orchestra and the 2013 String Orchestra of the Morse Summer Music Academy.

In February, 2014 he was the teaching artist of the week, and in May, 2014 he was awarded the prize for the outstanding graduating teaching artist in the Music in Schools program. MORE

Published May 14, 2015
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