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Akropolis Reed Quintet wins Fischoff’s 2015 Educator Award

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The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association announced in July that Akropolis Reed Quintet, whose oboist is Timothy Gocklin ’14MM, ’15AD, has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in both chamber music performance and outreach education.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Akropolis will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region during the spring of 2015 as part of Fischoff’s award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Marianna Prjevalskaya wins New Orleans International Piano Competition

prjevalskaya-webMarianna Prjevalskaya ’07MM, ’10AD won the gold medal in the 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition. In addition to a $15,000 cash award, the prize includes opportunities including a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall and performance bookings with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prjevalskaya was the first woman to win the competition since 2005, when Tanya Bannister ’01CERT took the gold. The jurors awarded Prjevalskaya the medal based on her work in three live performances during the weeklong competition, which took place in New Orleans. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Children’s opera by alumna Lori Laitman to premiere in October 2014

Lori Laitman • Photo by Christian Steiner

Lori Laitman • Photo by Christian Steiner

“The Three Feathers,” a new children’s opera by Yale alumna Lori Laitman ’75BA, ’76MM will receive its world premiere on Oct. 17, 2014. The premiere, directed by Beth Greenberg and conducted by Scott Williamson, will take place at the new Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.

Written with librettist Dana Gioia (past Chairman of The National Endowment for the Arts), “The Three Feathers” is based on a Grimm’s fairy tale. The one-act opera was commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech to celebrate the center’s opening.  MORE

Published August 18, 2014
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Organist Andrew Scanlon ’03 MM releases “Solemn and Celebratory”

scanlon_andrew_webOrganist Andrew Scanlon ’03 MM recently released a new disc entitled “Solemn and Celebratory” (Raven Recordings, 2013).

Featuring music by Cook, Mendelssohn, Bach, Duruflé, Vierne and others, the CD shows the vitality and flexibility of the C.B. Fisk organ in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, North Carolina, where Scanlon is the Director of Music. MORE

Published August 14, 2014
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Annual concert to feature prize-winning pianist Henry Kramer

kramer_henry_webDo SavannahBy Linda Sickler

Henry Kramer started playing piano when he was 11, after he discovered he could play his favorite songs by ear.

His mother put him into lessons, and today he is a concert pianist who has won several international prizes. Kramer will be the guest artist at the 2014 Joseph Pramberger Memorial Piano Concert on Aug. 8 at Messiah Lutheran Church on Skidaway Island, where he will perform works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Schumann. MORE

Published August 6, 2014
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Alum Daniel Wohl signs with G. Schirmer

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Daniel Wohl

G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with composer Daniel Wohl ’12MMA.

In a statement, Wohl commented: “I’m thrilled to be able to work with the talented people at G. Schirmer. Their dedication to helping composers create new work and their understanding of the creative process makes this an ideal partnership for me.” MORE

Published July 10, 2014
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YSM faculty among New Music USA grant recipients

New Music USA has just awarded $311,000 to 57 projects in its second round of project grants. The recipients are “an eclectic mix of creative, provocative, and immensely talented artists [that] captures just a glimpse of the impressive efforts of artists working across the country today.

As in the first round of grants, the recipients include numerous alumni and faculty of the Yale School of Music, such as cellist Ashley Bathgate, composers Timo Andres and Andrew Norman. MORE

Published July 9, 2014
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Feng Bian ’15 MM wins bronze in World Piano Competition

Feng-BianFeng Bian ’15 MM was awarded a bronze medal in the 2014 World Piano Competition. The competition was held June 23–28, 2014 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

This year the competition awarded one gold and two bronze medals. Feng Bian studies with Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music.

The mission of the World Piano Competition is to promote and celebrate the art of classical piano music, inspiring artists and audiences. The competition is presented in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM.

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Published July 8, 2014
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