Dean Robert Blocker Announces YSM Jazz Initiative

blockerI am pleased to announce that an anonymous gift will enable the School of Music to continue and expand its legacy of jazz studies at Yale. This initiative will also strengthen our collaborative efforts with the Yale College Dean’s Office and the Department of Music, as well as the New Haven community.

Professor Thomas C. Duffy has accepted the responsibility of administrative oversight for this initiative. As we announced in April, the Yale Jazz Ensemble, which had to be suspended two years ago due to a lack of qualified players and adequate rehearsal space, will be reconstituted this fall under Tom’s direction. The School of Music has provided modest support for the Yale Jazz Ensemble through the years, though it had until now been an extracurricular undergraduate organization. Going forward, the group will be open to all Yale students. Tom will announce auditions in the near future.

Other aspects of this initiative include an improvisation course that will be taught by Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Wayne Escoffery. Undergraduate jazz combos will be auditioned and coached by professional jazz artists, including Mr. Escoffery. We are currently in conversations with some of these individuals and will announce their names when appointments are finalized. Additionally, distinguished saxophonist Carrie Koffman will teach private lessons in saxophone. These new colleagues will help us build on the School’s rich history of jazz education, which began nearly fifty years ago. MORE

Published July 29, 2016
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Yale Jazz Ensemble to resume Fall 2016

Thomas Duffy

The Yale School of Music and Professor Thomas C. Duffy are pleased to announce the re-inauguration of the Yale Jazz Ensemble. With the completion of the new Adams Center for Musical Arts, the group is to resume all activities and schedule of events in the Fall. The Ensemble’s activities will be enriched by concerts and masterclasses performed by artists from the Yale School of Music’s Ellington Jazz Series.

Auditions for the group will be announced by Prof. Duffy in the near future.




Published April 29, 2016
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Winners of 2016 Woolsey Concerto Competition Announced

The 2016 Woolsey Concerto Competition took place last Saturday, April 9. The three winners, in alphabetical order, are:

Yang Liu, piano
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Joanna Wu, flute
Nielsen Concerto for Flute

Jinxiang Yu, soprano
Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi

As winners, these Yale School of Music students will perform with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2016-17 season. The judges noted that they were very impressed with the high level of performance of all participants. Dae Hee Ahn, violin was selected as an alternate, and honorable mentions were given to Lydia Consilvio, oboe; Nola Richardson, soprano; Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin; An Tran, guitar; and Yen-Chen Wu, bassoon.

The judges were Linda Chesis (head of winds, Manhattan School of Music), Max Levinson (chair of the piano department, Boston Conservatory), and Christian Teal (professor of violin emeritus, Vanderbilt University).


Published April 11, 2016
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Gene Kimball retires after 45 years as Recording Engineer at YSM

Gene Kimball in the Fred Plaut Recording Studio. Photo by Peter Hvizdak, New Haven Register

Gene Kimball in the Fred Plaut Recording Studio. Photo by Peter Hvizdak, New Haven Register

By Scott Switzer ’10 MM, ’12 MMA

“Stand by.” Eugene Kimball’s voice booms from the talkback speaker hanging from the ceiling of Sprague Hall. A Yale student waits, instrument in hand, while the blue-line bus rumbles as it takes off from its stop at College and Wall. Silence returns to the hall. “Take five.” The session resumes. While the performer plays their Mozart concerto, trying to remember what their teacher said in the studio, the machines record, and Gene listens.

Gene knew what he was listening for; it wasn’t just wrong notes or rhythms. Some call it “the sound.” Perhaps it was something learned from his mentor and predecessor, Fred Plaut. Maybe it was from his time working the soundboard at Yale School of Drama, where he studied. Or perhaps it was something he developed over his 45 years working at the School of Music. Though “the sound” is something intangible, Gene had it. More importantly, he knew how to teach someone to achieve it. MORE

Published March 1, 2016
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Pamela Frank, Jonathan Mills, and Charles Neidich visit YSM

Jonathan Mills | Photo by Seamus McGarvey

Jonathan Mills | Photo by Seamus McGarvey

The Yale School of Music’s revised Artist Diploma program is designed for a highly select number of young instrumentalists and singers who have demonstrable potential for a major concert career. No more than three students will be admitted to the AD each year. Admission to this program requires two campus auditions. The first round of auditions is heard by YSM artist faculty; the final round will be adjudicated by an external committee.

The final round of auditions will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Morse Recital Hall. This year, the three guest judges are Pamela Frank, Jonathan Mills, and Charles Neidich. MORE

Published February 24, 2016
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CANCELED: Yale in New York Jan. 24

Due to the unexpected severity of the blizzard, the Yale in New York concert scheduled for Sunday, January 24 at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall has been canceled.

If you have purchased tickets to this concert, you will receive a refund at the point of purchase (in most cases, from Carnegie Hall).

Published January 23, 2016
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All events for Saturday, January 23 POSTPONED

Because of blizzard conditions, the following events scheduled for Saturday, January 23 have been postponed:

4:30 pm Ronaldo Rolim, piano
7:30 pm Andy Berry, bass

In addition, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music has postponed the following recitals:
5:00 pm Bradley Burgess, organ
7:30 pm David Simon, organ

All events will be rescheduled; please visit our event listings to check.

Published January 23, 2016
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YSM launches new mobile app along with new centerpiece video

iPad-splashThe Yale School of Music (YSM) is proud to announce the launch of a new digital app and the release of a new cinematic admissions video.

The app, designed by Monica Ong Reed of YSM and developed in collaboration with Jason England, Michael Ferguson, and Andrea Porto from Yale Printing and Publishing Services (YPPS), is the School of Music’s first foray into native digital publishing. With the app, the School of Music can create publications that audiences not only read but also hear and watch in an immersive environment.

Embedded in the app is YSM’s new centerpiece video, produced by Austin Kase. Titled “The Music Makers,” the video features a number of YSM faculty, students, and alumni working in different cross-sections of the music profession across the country. The video is available today in the app only. It will be available for viewing on the Yale School of Music’s website and social media channels starting Friday, Oct. 23. MORE

Published October 22, 2015
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Robert Blocker reappointed as Dean of Yale School of Music

blockerUniversity President Peter Salovey announced recently that Robert Blocker will be reappointed to a fifth term as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music. The new five-year term will be effective July 1, 2016.

In a message to the University community, Salovey wrote: “This renewal is a reflection of Dean Blocker’s record as a transformative leader who has advanced the school—and the university more broadly—in significant ways. As dean, he has galvanized philanthropic support for music at Yale including the landmark gift that made the school tuition free; set new standards of educational excellence by recruiting world-class members of the faculty; and led our efforts to renovate and develop the school’s facilities—projects that will have impact on generations of musicians to come.” MORE

Published September 11, 2015
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WQXR’s Q2 Music to partner with Yale’s New Music New Haven

Martin Bresnick, composer

Martin Bresnick, composer

The Yale School of Music and Q2 Music announce a new partnership. Q2 Music, which is dedicated to the music of living composers, will broadcast music by Yale faculty and students, recorded live from the New Music New Haven concert series.New Music New Haven presents new works by graduate students in composition, and this partnership will bring students’ works to a broader audience. In addition, NMNH programs feature an established living composer, either YSM faculty or guests, and these featured works will be part of the broadcast partnership as well.

“Student composers are making some of most beautiful, inventive music today, music that deserves to be heard,” says Q2 Music’s Alex Ambrose. “Q2 Music has a commitment to working with younger composers and to serving those in the formative stages of their career. It’s exciting to share  the caliber of music-making from our neighbors at the Yale School of Music’s New Music New Haven series with an online audience, introducing listeners everywhere to the next generation of composers.”

Martin Bresnick, the director of the composition program at YSM, said: “Our Q2 Music partnership is an aural window to the world. It will reveal the sounds of the Yale School of Music’s New Music New Haven series to attentive listeners, and through that open window we hope to hear back from the connoisseurs and amateurs we know are out there.” MORE

Published August 25, 2015
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