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Diomedes Saraza Jr. to make Carnegie Hall debut

dio_saraza10_large_2Violinist Diomedes Saraza Jr. ’17 MMA will make his Carnegie Hall debut on June 18th, 2016. Saraza will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, who will also be making their Carnegie Hall debut, under the baton of Olivier Ochanine.

The concert aims to bring pride to Filipinos living in the United States, and to celebrate the Filipino spirit through music. Proceeds from the concert will be given to the Philippine Disaster Relief Corporation to assist with the organization’s housing projects. MORE

Published May 31, 2016
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NYT: Yale Composers Showcase Their Works at New Music New Haven

Ani Kavafian, Lisa Morre, and David Shifrin | Photo by Chris Lee

Ani Kavafian, Lisa Moore, and David Shifrin | Photo by Chris Lee

The New York Times | By Vivien Schweitzer

It’s rarely a compliment to describe a composer as “academic”: the word is usually applied to those perceived as being sequestered on campus creating esoteric, dreary works. Conversely, being too “accessible” (i.e., not challenging enough) has also been deemed a negative. But there’s nothing pejoratively “academic” or “accessible” about any of the Yale faculty composers featured during a concert on Wednesday at WQXR’s Greene Space in SoHo.

David Lang, Hannah Lash, Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Bresnick represent an accessible aesthetic that draws on multiple stylistic influences. Some of their music has been championed by Bang on a Can, the lively genre-bending collective whose three founders, all Yale alumni, include Mr. Lang. The vocalist Helga Davis hosted Wednesday’s event, part of the NY Phil Biennial, and interviewed each composer and Alan Gilbert, the Philharmonic’s music director, onstage. MORE

Published May 26, 2016
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Daniel Stone ’16 MM to join the Calgary Philharmonic

Daniel-StoneDaniel Stone ’16 MM has been appointed section violist in the Calgary Philharmonic, and will begin his tenure with the the orchestra in fall 2016.

Stone is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied with Ettore Causa. A native of Chicago, he previously studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Stephen Wyrczynski of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as with Desirée Ruhstrat of the Lincoln Trio. During the summer season, he has performed at the Norfolk, Sarasota, Tanglewood, and Aspen music festivals. In August 2015, he was featured in Norfolk’s Gala Concert with Emanuel A. While at Indiana University, he performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra as a guest American musician. As a soloist, he has appeared on Chicago’s radio station WFMT for the program “Introductions.”

Stone is also a self-taught music editor and arranger, and his arrangements of Balkan folk tunes are frequently performed by the Black Oak Ensemble. Upcoming performances include a Solo Bach collaboration with the New Haven Ballet and concerts at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

Published May 26, 2016
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Composer Zachary Wadsworth ’07 MM releases new album

wadsworth-zach-webComposer Zachary Wadsworth ’07 MM has released a new album of music entitled “The Far West.” The recording was conducted by Timothy Shantz, and performed by tenor Lawrence Wilford with Luminous Voices, a professional chamber choir based in Calgary, Alberta.
The album’s central work, which also lends the album its title, sets the text of Tim Diugos, a poet who died of AIDS in 1990 while studying at the Yale Divinity School.  The cantata explores the defiance of a poet who chose to live with lightness and dignity in the face of plague and loss. MORE

Published May 25, 2016
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Hannah Collins appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at University of Kansas

hannah_collinsHannah Collins ’08 MM ’09 AD has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at to the the University of Kansas School of Music. Her appointment will begin in fall 2016.

More about Hannah

Winner of De Linkprijs for contemporary interpretation, cellist Hannah Collins takes an active role in catalyzing and championing the works of young composers as a soloist and as part of the duo New Morse Code (with YSM alumnus Michael Compitello ’09 MM ’12 MMA ’16 DMA). She is co-director of the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative and appears frequently on both modern and Baroque cello with Cantata Profana, The Sebastians, NOVUS NY, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

A dedicated teaching artist, Collins is an alumna of Ensemble ACJW, a professional development program focused on chamber music performance, teaching artistry, and arts advocacy through the resources of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, Weill Music Institute, and the NYC Department of Education.

Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Yale College and graduate degrees in cello performance from the Yale School of Music and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at the City University of New York Graduate Center and serving as a teaching fellow at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music.

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Published May 24, 2016
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Liliya Ugay wins New England Philharmonic Call for Scores

Liliya Ugay

Liliya Ugay

Liliya Ugay ’16 MM has been named the winner for the New England Philharmonic’s Call for Scores. Her orchestral work Oblivion will be performed by the orchestra under Maestro Richard Pittman, with the performance taking place on April 29, 2017 at the Tsai Performance Center in Boston. MORE

Published May 22, 2016
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Ulysses Quartet takes grand prize at Fischoff Competition

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Ulysses String Quartet

The Ulysses String Quartet has been named the Grand Prize-winner of this year’s Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The group is home to YSM alumnus Colin Brookes ’13 MM, ’14 AD, as well as 2010 Norfolk alumna Grace Ho.

As grand prize-winners as well as gold medalists in the Senior String Division, the group will take part in a Winner’s Tour of the Midwestern United States this fall; they also took home a total of $11,000 in cash prizes. MORE

Published May 22, 2016
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YSM Commencement Concert to showcase the Class of 2016

chamber_music5On Sunday, May 22, the Yale School of Music presents its annual Commencement Concert, featuring a variety of performers selected from the Class of 2016. The event takes place at 4pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.

The concert will open with Mario Castelnuovo’s Capriccio Diabolico, performed by guitarist Solomon Silber. This will be followed by composer Katie Balch’s Whisper Music, scored for amplified solo double bass and distortion pedal and performed by Levi Jones.

Soprano Meechot Marrero and pianist Yevgeny Yontov will perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s Muero porque no muero, and two movements from Steve Reich’s Quartet will be performed by pianists Dominic Cheli, Yevgeny Yontov, and percussionists Jeffrey Stern and Matthew Keown.

The concert concludes with two movements from Leoš Janáček’s Mládí (Youth), scored for woodwind sextet. It will feature flutist Joanna Wu, oboist Ron Cohen Mann, clarinetist William Bixby Kennedy, bass clarinetist Kenta Akaogi, bassoonist Cornelia Sommer, and hornist Cody Halquist.

The concert is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed live online.
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Published May 18, 2016
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Dominick DiOrio promoted to tenured Associate Professor at Indiana University

diorioConductor Dominick DiOrio ’08 MM, 09′ MMA, ’12 DMA was recently promoted to the tenured rank of Associate Professor of Music in choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. At age 31, he is the youngest member of the school’s conducting faculty to achieve this rank.

Additionally, DiOrio was selected by the American Choral Directors Association (ADCA) to participate in their International Conductors Exchange Program with Sweden, where he gave a presentation on new choral music at the Nordic Choral Conference in Malmö alongside fellow YSM alumna Kimberly Dunn Adams ’05 MM. They will repeat this presentation at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music, held in Barcelona, Spain in July, 2017. MORE

Published May 18, 2016
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Tawnie Olson’s ’99 MM ’00 AD chamber oratorio premieres

Premiere of Tawnie Olson's "No Capacity to Consent."

Premiere of Tawnie Olson’s “No Capacity to Consent.”

In 2016 Third Practice (directed by Brian Bartoldus ’09 MM ’11 MMA ’15 DMA) received a grant from New Music USA to commission Tawnie Olson‘s ’99 MM ’00 AD No Capacity to Consent. The work is a half-hour chamber oratorio setting a legal complaint filed by a pregnant woman in which she recounts how, after being stopped for a minor traffic violation in an American town infamous for police abuse, she was raped by a corrections officer. Third Practice, with percussionist Chris Salvito, cellist Camilo Perez-Mejia, and organist Santana Bartoldus YC ’08 performed the work in Washington, DC and Baltimore, Frederick, and Emmitsburg, Maryland in Spring, 2016.

Published May 17, 2016
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