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Alumnus Enrico Sartori wins Principal Flute position with Opéra de Lyon

sartori_enricoEnrico Sartori ’05MM has won the position of Principal Flute in the Opéra de Lyon.

Italian flutist Enrico Sartori maintains an intense concert schedule as a soloist in Europe and the U.S. At the beginning of the 2009 season, Mr. Sartori made his Carnegie Hall debut as a winner of the Artist International Competition. His performance at Weill Recital Hall received an unanimous standing ovation. MORE

Published September 17, 2014
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Yang Jiao wins second place in Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales in Bucharest

YANG_JiaoYang Jiao ’12MM took second place in the fifth International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales. The competition took place September 1–5, 2014 in Bucharest, Romania.

On September 6, all three finalists conducted the George Enescu Philhamonic Bucharest in the opening concert of the Enescu International Competition. Yang and the other finalists will conduct future concerts with orchestras in Romania, Poland, and Serbia. MORE

Published September 15, 2014
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Violin alumnus Moni Simeonov appointed Director of String Studies at CSU Long Beach

simeonov_moniMoni Simeonov ’06 MM, ’07 AD was selected as Director of String Studies at California State University at Long Beach. He also serves on the university’s violin faculty.

Simeonov is currently pursuing doctoral studies at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where he studies with Midori and serves as Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Chamber Music. An active member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Simeonov also performs with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Opera, Master Chorale, Ensemble San Francisco, and serves as the acting Concertmaster for the Sacramento Philharmonic. MORE

Published September 12, 2014
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Andy Akiho ’11 MM wins ACO’s Underwood Emerging Composer Commission

akiho_h_webComposer Andy Akiho has been named the winner of the American Composer Orchestra’s 2014 Annual Underwood Emerging Composers Commission. Chosen from seven finalists during ACO’s 23rd annual Underwood New Music Readings in April, Akiho will receive $15,000 for a work to be premiered by ACO in a future season.

The Underwood Commission is one of the most coveted opportunities for emerging composers in the United States. Akiho won the prize with his work Tarnished Mirrors.

ACO music director George Manahan said, “When the musicians of ACO and I performed Andy Akiho’s Tarnished Mirrors, we discovered a work of intense pulse – music with syncopations, cross-rhythms, and metric modulations. His clarity of orchestration reflected a deep understanding of idiomatic writing for the individual instruments and an original palette of colors. We look forward to performing a new commissioned work of Andy’s next season.” MORE

Published September 10, 2014
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Andy Berry ’16MM wins prize from Dell’Arte Opera

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Andy Berry, left, as Figaro with Opera Theater of Yale College

Andy Berry ’14BS, ’16MM was selected for the top award in the Osgood/dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Participation Prizes.

The announcement noted, “Mr. Berry has been the incarnation of reliability in every way, from bedrock-solid musicality and preparation to his ever-ready supply of physical wit and inventiveness. He never failed to deliver and indeed to surprise in rehearsal as each of his featured roles was addressed for the first time. His sensual bass anchored every ensemble in TWO operas in both rehearsal and performance”

The announcement concluded: “It is astounding every day to realize anew that this singer is only 22 years old; he works and delivers like a completely seasoned professional. It is thrilling to contemplate the career that lies ahead of him.”

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Published September 9, 2014
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Jeremy Grall ’99 MM appointed to guitar faculty at Birmingham-Southern College

grall_jeremyGuitarist Jeremy Grall ’99 MM was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Birmingham-Southern College. In the a tenure-track appointment, he will teach courses in classical guitar and musicology.

Jeremy earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Memphis in 2009, where he is also currently a PhD candidate (ABD) in Historical Musicology. Prior to this appointment, Jeremy was on the faculty at Sam Houston State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Nashville State Community College. MORE

Published September 2, 2014
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Department of Jazz performs in Germany

department-of-jazzDepartment of Jazz, a New Haven-based group of YSM students and alumni, is undertaking a two-week residency in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. As part of the residency, which is connected to Neue Eutiner Festspiele, the ensemble will perform in the historic medieval castle at Schloss Eutin.

Department of Jazz describes itself as a group of curious musical artists that believe in uniting disparate genres and audiences through a fusion of thoughtful, innovative arrangements and breathtaking, spontaneous virtuosity. The quartet’s members are Jonny Allen ’13MM, ’14AD, drums; Molly Netter ’14MM, voice; Doug Perry ’14AD, percussion; and Sam Suggs ’14MM, bass. MORE

Published August 29, 2014
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Tami Kerr ’00 CERT writes children’s book about music

davy-crotchetAuthor Tami Kerr ’00 CERT and illustrator Tanja Kerr come from a musically-inclined family. Their father was the only family member with no musical background. As he became more familiar with musical terms, he remembered the word crotchet (as a quarter note is known in England) due to its similarity with American folk hero Davy Crockett. This led him to imagine The Adventures of Davy Crotchet, which his daughters made into a vibrantly illustrated and educational children’s picture book. The book is full of information on instruments, musicians, and the art of music itself.

A review from Blue Note states: “Expertly combining education and entertainment, with neither outdoing the other, The Adventures of Davy Crotchet is highly recommended.” MORE

Published August 25, 2014
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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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