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

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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

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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

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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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Laura Jeppesen ’71 MM Receives GRAMMY and Harvard Honors

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Laura Jeppesen

Alumna Laura Jeppesen ’71 MM has recently received awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and Harvard University. She was part of the Boston Early Music Festival team that won a 2015 GRAMMY for “Best Opera Recording,” Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs for CPO (Classic Produktion Osnabrück). She also recently received an award from Harvard University for excellence in teaching, reflecting student evaluations in a course on Renaissance music in which she taught students to play the viola da gamba.

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As a teacher of the viola da gamba, Ms. Jeppesen specializes in music of the French Baroque, and is an exponent of the composer Marin Marais (1656-1728).

Ms. Jeppesen teaches viola da gamba at Boston University, Wellesley College and has a private studio.

Ms. Jeppesen is principal violist of Boston Baroque and plays viola and viola da gamba with many Boston-based ensembles including The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, The Boston Museum Trio and The Handel and Haydn Society.

Published June 9, 2016
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YSM composers highlighted in Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival

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Aaron Jay Kernis

The Yale School of Music is playing a significant role in the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival. This year’s festival, “Songs of the Rolling Earth,” features a slew of YSM faculty, students, and alumni, including Aaron Jay Kernis, Loren Loiacono ’12 MM, composers collective Sleeping Giant, and all 13 graduate students in the YSM composition studio.

On June 11, the orchestra will perform Simple Songs by YSM composition faculty member Aaron Jay Kernis. A mystical work for soprano and chamber orchestra, Simple Songs sets the texts of famed composer Hildegard von Bingen, Japanese writer Ryokan, and Rumi. The concert will also feature the world premiere of Loren Loiacono‘s Sleeping Furiously. MORE

Published June 7, 2016
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Henry Kramer wins Second Prize at Queen Elisabeth Competition

Henry Kramer

Henry Kramer

Henry Kramer ’13 AD, ’15 MMA has been awarded Second Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and Larry Weng ’12 AD, ’14 MMA was named a laureate. The competition was held in Brussels from May 2 to May 28, bringing together 76 pianists of 23 various nationalities to compete in front of a prestigious international jury. The win earned Kramer a cash prize of €20,000, and was one of twelve awards distributed for the laureates and the semi-finalists which totaled €128,500.

As laureates, Larry gave a recital on Thursday, June 2, and Henry will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with the Brussels Philharmonic on June 10 and 11.

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Published June 5, 2016
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Hana Beloglavec joins faculty at Louisiana State University

Hana BeloglavecHana Beloglavec ’13 MM has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone at Louisiana State University. She previously held a position as Visiting Instructor of Low Brass at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Also deeply interested in orchestral music, Beloglavec has performed as a substitute trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under conductors Charles Dutoit, Sir Mark Elder, Ludovic Morlot, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as the Chicago based early-music ensemble Music of the Baroque under Jane Glover and Nicholas Kraemer. She also has performed as a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. MORE

Published June 1, 2016
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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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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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