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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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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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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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Kate Sheeran appointed Provost and Dean of San Francisco Conservatory of Music

sheeran-kateThe San Francisco Conservatory of Music announced yesterday the appointment of Kate Sheeran as Provost and Dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Currently Assistant Dean at Mannes School of Music of The New School, Sheeran takes up her new position on July 1, 2015. She succeeds Robert Fitzpatrick, who retires from the Conservatory after ably serving in this role in an interim capacity since January 2014.

“I am delighted to appoint Kate Sheeran as Provost and Dean of the Conservatory,” said David H. Stull, President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as quoted in the announcement. MORE

Published May 12, 2015
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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

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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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New appointments for oboe alumni Merideth Hite, Andrew Parker, Joseph Peters

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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

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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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