Victor Wang to join Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as principal flute

Victor Wang

Victor Wang

Victor Wang ’14 BS ’15 MM has won the position of principal flute in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. His appointment will begin in the fall of 2016.

Originally from Rochester, NY, Victor recently completed a year as an inaugural member of The Orchestra Now, a new training orchestra that performs at Bard College and around New York City. Victor is an alumnus of Yale College, where he earned a Bachelor of Sciences in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, as well as the Yale School of Music, where he graduated with a Master of Music in flute performance.

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Published June 28, 2016
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Domenic Salerni joins Dalí Quartet and wins silver in the M-Prize Competition

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Domenic Salerni

Domenic Salerni ’11 MM has been appointed first violinist of the Dalí Quartet, an ensemble that is known particularly for its excellence in Latin-American repertoire.

Furthermore, as a part of the septet Foundry, Salerni and YSM alumni Ian Rosenbaum ’10 MM ’11 AD, Andy Akiho ’11 MM, and Samuel Suggs ’14 MM, won second prize in the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition in the open division. Foundry is an ensemble that crosses and transcends genres, innovating new sounds through the synthesis of contemporary classical techniques and jazz, reggae, Caribbean, and Soca.  The M-Prize Competition (through the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance) awarded Foundry $7000.

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Published June 28, 2016
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Sarah Ford ’16 MM joins Colorado Springs Philharmonic as principal horn

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Sarah Ford

Sarah Ford ’16 MM has been appointed principal horn of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; her appointment will begin in fall, 2016. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is led by Josep Caballé-Domenech who succeeded Lawrence Leighton Smith, the former music director of Yale Philharmonia. Smith was also the first music director of Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Originally from Guilford, CT, Sarah earned her Bachelors of Music degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University, where she studied with Douglas Lundeen, Denise Tryon, Eric Reed, and Jerry Peel. Her summers have been spent in programs such as the NSO Summer Music Institute, the Maine Chamber Music Seminar, the Pierre Monteux School, the National Music Festival, and Kendall Betts Horn Camp. In May 2016, Sarah graduated with her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with William Purvis.

Published June 20, 2016
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Scott Morris ’96 MM elected Music Department Chair at CSU Dominguez Hills

Scott Morris

Scott Morris

The California State University Dominguez Hills Department of Music has announced that Scott Morris ’96 MM has been unanimously elected by the faculty to serve as its next Department Chair. Morris had previously served as the Supervisor of Guitar Studies for the past decade at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Morris is responsible for a number of exciting new hires at the department including Julian Coryell (guitarist, producer, and member of Alanis Morrisette’s band), Matthew Greif (member of the GRAMMY-winning LAGQ), and David Isaacs (classical guitarist). He also directed the 2007 GFA Convention and Competition at CSU Dominguez Hills as well as a number of guitar festivals and events.

Scott Morris is an accomplished classical guitarist with numerous commercially available recordings on record labels such as AIX Records, Eroica Classical Recordings, and Centaur Records. He is also the author of the popular guitar method book series Classical Guitar Complete: From Basics to Bach (MidShelf Music Publications). His latest project is a book of his original arrangements and CD recording of the music of Erik Satie entitled Phonology: The Music of Erik Satie for Guitar. AIX Records released the recording and MidShelf Music published the book of scores. The project featured rare French guitars by makers such as Bouchet, Friedrich, Rohé, Ligier, and Field supplied by Guitar Salon International. GRAMMY-winner Andrew York joined him as a guest artist on the recording.

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Published June 15, 2016
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Esther Park and Sun-A Park win Chicago International Duo Piano Competition

from left: Esther Park and Sun-A Park

Duo Amadeae | From left: Esther Park and Sun-A Park

The Music Institute of Chicago announced that Duo Amadeae (Esther Park ’12 AD, ’13 MMA and Sun-A Park ’16 AD) has been named first-prize winner and recipient of the Director’s Award. They competed last week alongside 18 other piano duos representing 14 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. Sun-A and Esther, who are sisters, received a cash prize of $10,000 as winners of the competition.

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Published June 14, 2016
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Composer Katherine Balch selected to attend Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute

Katie Balch

Katherine Balch

Katherine Balch ’16 MM is among seven emerging young composers chosen to participate in the Minnesota Orchestra‘s 14th annual Composer Institute. The seven finalists were chosen from a pool of 212 applicants, a record-breaking number for the institute.

The institute will take place from January 30 to February 3, 2017, and will include rehearsals, seminars, and mentoring sessions, as well as a public performance of their works by the Minnesota Orchestra on February 3.

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Published June 13, 2016
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In memoriam: musicologist Philip F. Nelson

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Philip Nelson | Photo by Eugene Cook, 1974

Musicologist and a former Dean of the Yale School of Music Philip F. Nelson died yesterday, June 10, 2016 at the age of 88. A native of Waseca, Minnesota, Nelson graduated with a B.A. degree in music composition from Grinnell College in Iowa in 1950, and an A.M. (1956) and Ph.D. (1958) in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also received the Diplôme of the Université de Paris in 1957, and studied conducting with M. Louis Forestier at the Conservatorie National de Paris at the time as a Fulbright Scholar.

Nelson was Chair of the music department at SUNY Binghamton from 1963, until his appointment as the Dean of Yale School of Music in 1970. Under Philip Nelson’s visionary leadership, the Yale School of Music began its transformation as a major professional music school. Among his distinguished faculty appointments were, Krzysztof Penderecki, Otto-Werner Mueller, Phyllis Curtin, and Claude Frank. The Tokyo String Quartet was named the artists-in-residence in 1976, and the quartet remained an integral part of the life and development of the School until its retirement from the international concert stage in 2013. MORE

Published June 11, 2016
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In memoriam: Phyllis Curtin, soprano

Phyllis Curtin

Phyllis Curtin

Renowned American soprano Phyllis Curtin passed away on Sunday, June 5 at age 94. From 1974 to 1983, she taught voice at the Yale School of Music, overseeing the opera program. Curtin also served as Master (now Head of College) of Branford College from 1979 to 1983. Curtin was the first female Master of Branford College.

During her career on the stage in the 1950s and 60s, Curtin performed for the New York City Opera, as well as in many world-renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala. Her repertoire included Verdi’s Violetta and Alice Ford, Strauss’ Salome, as well as Mozart’s heroines, for which she received much praise. The New York Times recently asserted that, “Ms. Curtin was noted for the purity of her voice, the sensitivity of her musical phrasing and the crystalline perfection of her diction.” MORE

Published June 11, 2016
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Rubén Rodríguez and Dantes Rameau discuss music in the community

Rubén Rodriguez with student of the Music in Schools Initiative

Rubén Rodríguez with Music in Schools students

As part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, a day-long symposium “Listen. Engage. Act.” will takes place at the Yale School of Music on Friday, June 17.

Featuring a day of presentations and discussions, the symposium will explore the role of the arts in the community, asking the question “how will you change your city?,” and continuing conversations started at the British Council’s “Culture and Conflict Summit” in 2014 as well as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ forum “What is the Role of the Arts Presenter in a Community in Crisis?” earlier this year. MORE

Published June 10, 2016
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In memoriam: Robert E. Nagel Jr., trumpet

New York Brass Quintet From left: John Swallow, Allan Dean, Paul Ingraham, Robert Nagel, Thompson "Toby" Hanks

New York Brass Quintet
From left: John Swallow, Allan Dean, Paul Ingraham, Robert Nagel, Thompson “Toby” Hanks

Trumpeter Robert E. Nagel Jr. passed away on Sunday, June 5 at the age of 91. He was a member of the Yale School of Music faculty from 1957 to 1988, and was named Professor Emeritus in 1988.

He is best known as the founder and director of the renowned New York Brass Quintet. In addition to paving the way for brass chamber music, Nagel was an active and highly respected performer as well as a prolific composer. In 1959, Nagel founded a publishing company, Mentor Music, in an effort to make brass music more available to the public. He leaves a legacy of numerous seminal recordings such as the 1961 recording of L’Histoire Du Soldat (conducted by Igor Stravinsky) and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (conducted by Pablo Casals).
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Published June 9, 2016
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