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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

Yen-Chen Wu

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

Merideth Hite

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

Julia Wolfe | Photo by Peter Serling

 

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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Alumna Polina Nazaykinskaya awarded Soros Fellowship for New Americans

nazaykinskaya_polinaComposer Polina Nazaykinskaya ’10 MM, ’13 AD has been awarded the 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She is one of thirty selected from a wide variety of fields to receive the fellowship, which provides tuition and living expenses for a graduate degree program. Nazaykinskaya is currently pursuing her doctorate in composition at the City University of New York.

The announcement noted that “this outstanding group of New Americans includes researchers, mathematicians, writers, scientists, translors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and future doctors and lawyers.” The fellows hail from more than twenty countries. MORE

Published April 15, 2015
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Zachary Wadsworth ’07 MM to join Williams College faculty

wadsworth-zach-webZachary Wadsworth ’07 MM has accepted a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Williams College. The prestigious liberal arts college is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The appointment begins in the fall of 2015.

The 2015–2016 season will include a performance of Wadsworth’s music by the Richmond Symphony and a premiere at the national conference of the American Guild of Organists. In addition, his music will be included on albums by the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble, Luminous Voices, and tenor Dennis Tobenski. MORE

Published April 13, 2015
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Viola alumnus Jacob Adams joins faculty of University of Alabama

jacob-adams-webJacob Adams ’06 MM, ’07 AD has been appointed Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Alabama School of Music in Tuscaloosa. The appointment will begin in the fall of 2015.

In addition, Adams’ article, “What’s in a Name? Ladislav Vycpálek and his Suite for Solo Viola” will be published in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Viola Society.

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Published April 10, 2015
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Andrew Norman named new director of L.A. Phil’s Composer Fellowship Program

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Andrew Norman

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced on April 7 that composer Andrew Norman ’09 AD has been named the new Director of the Composer Fellowship Program (CFP). Norman is already actively involved in the application and selection process for the next class of high school-aged Composer Fellows, who will begin the two-year fellowship with the LA Phil in the fall of 2015.

Building on the legacy of CFP Founder Steven Stucky and outgoing/current Program Director James Matheson, Norman will cultivate the talent of young composers through intensive, firsthand experiences, including lessons, reading sessions, lectures, LA Phil concerts and encounters with today’s most notable composers. Additionally, Norman will guide each of the Fellows during the composition process of their new works for orchestra, a process that culminates with each work being premiered in concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. MORE

Published April 10, 2015
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