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Suliman Tekalli wins second prize in Seoul International Violin Competition

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli

Violinist Suliman Tekalli ’16 AD was awarded second prize in the Seoul International Music Competition this weekend. He shared the prize with Japanese violinist Ayana Tsuji. 

No first prize was awarded in this year’s competition, which takes place annually in South Korea. The competition rotates among violin, piano, and voice. MORE

Published March 30, 2015
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YSM violinists advance in Seoul and Queen Elisabeth Competitions

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli ’16 AD and Wonyoung Jung ’12 MM are among the twelve semifinalists in the Seoul International Competition. The competition is taking place in Seoul through March 29.

The Seoul International Music Competition was established by The Dong-A Ilbo, one of the most prestigious national newspapers in Korea, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The Competition’s aim is to promote international cultural exchanges through music, and to support talented young musicians from around the world. The competition is held annually for piano, violin, and voice, in a rotating sequence. The category for 2015 competition is violin, and the competition is being held from March 18 to 29 in Seoul. MORE

Published March 27, 2015
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Violinist Corin Lee ’13MM joins string quartet ETHEL

lee-corinCorin Lee ’13 MM is the new violinist in the string quartet ETHEL.“I’m so blessed to be joining ETHEL. This is a natural fit for me,” said Lee in an announcement from the quartet. “I am grateful for this opportunity.”

Corin “Cory” Lee is an acoustic, electric, and baroque violinist who incorporates technology into traditional music to push the limits of how music can be performed. He has performed his “musically marvelous” (Steve Reich) electronic arrangements in prestigious venues through the United States including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. MORE

Published March 24, 2015
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Alumnus Matthew Plenk joins voice faculty of Lamont School of Music

Matthew PlenkTenor Matthew Plenk ’06 MM, ’07 AD has been appointed Assistant Professor of Voice with the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

This season Mr. Plenk performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and in its productions of Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He also appears in the Cleveland Orchestra’s performances of Strauss’ Daphne.  MORE

Published March 20, 2015
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Peter Hedrick ’61MM publishes An Early Hautboy Solo Matrix: Solos for the Hautboy before 1710

an-early-hautboy-solo-matrix_300Peter Hedrick ’61MM has published a new book, An Early Hautboy Solo Matrix: Solos for the Hautboy before 1710 based on a Symphonia/Sonate by Johann Christoph Pez that Demonstrates a Performance Practice of Adaptation (Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle, UK, 2015).

The book deals with a significant yet hitherto unexamined topic, filling an important gap in the area of historical performance practice. MORE

Published March 19, 2015
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Carl Stanley ’15MM, trumpet, wins position in West Point Band

stanley_carlCarl Stanley ’15MM has won a trumpet position in the West Point Band at the U.S. Military Academy.

Raised in a musical household in California, Carl Stanley has seen his trumpet career take him around the globe. After completing his B.A. in music in 2008 from California State University, East Bay, Mr. Stanley won a position with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band in Hampton, Virginia.

In his four years as Principal Trumpet in the Concert Band and a member of the Heritage Brass Quintet, Mr. Stanley toured throughout the United States, performing in concerts, recitals, ceremonies, professional sporting events, competitions, and conventions as an Airman musician. MORE

Published March 10, 2015
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MusAid workshop brings young Central American musicians to New Haven

IMG_0085-wnoKevin Schaffter ’15MM, a clarinetist, is the founder and director of MusAid, a nonprofit organization that supports music programs around the world by providing teacher training programs and donated instruments. Since its founding, MusAid has supported programs in Haiti, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Belize, and Burma.

MusAid recently held a workshop in New Haven for eight exceptional musicians (each representing a different country) from the Youth Orchestra of Central America (OJCA). Throughout the week, the musicians will be taking classes from nine Yale faculty and eleven graduate students in preparation for a joint MusAid-OJCA benefit concert in Washington, DC on Monday, March 9. The countries represented are Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. MORE

Published March 9, 2015
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Alumnus Ronald A. Crutcher to be President of University of Richmond

Ronald Crutcher with his former teacher, Aldo Parisot

Ronald Crutcher with his former cello teacher, Aldo Parisot

Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher ’72 MMA, ’79DMA will serve as the 10th president of the University of Richmond. He was elected in February by the university’s Board of Trustees. His appointment is effective July 1, 2015.

Crutcher is President Emeritus of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where he served as President from 2004 to 2014, and a former provost of Miami University of Ohio. Having established himself as a gifted cellist and professor of music, he has become a national leader in higher education.

Crutcher is the founding co-chair of the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. LEAP focuses on educational excellence as well as high-impact practices and assessment of student ability to apply learning to complex problems and real-world challenges. MORE

Published March 6, 2015
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Yale alumni win awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the recipients of this year’s awards in music. Several Yale alumni are among the winners.

The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Joan Tower (chairman), Samuel Adler, Martin Boykan, Mario Davidovsky, Stephen Hartke, Stephen Jaffe, and Aaron Jay Kernis. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Harold Meltzer ’97MMA, ’00DMA and Kevin Puts ’96MM were among the four winners of the Arts and Letters Awards in Music. The $10,000 awards honor outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledge composers who have arrived at their own voices. Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work.  MORE

Published March 3, 2015
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Yehudi Wyner elected president of Academy of Arts & Letters

Yehudi Wyner

Yehudi Wyner

Yehudi Wyner ’50BA, ’52MusB, ’53MusM has been elected president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He succeeds architect Henry N. Cobb and will serve a three-year term.

In his comments, Wyner said he reacted to the news of his election with “Surprise, astonishment, disbelief, and finally delight.” He was inducted into the prestigious, 250-member organization in 1999 and has served on its award juries and board of directors.

Wyner, who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for his piano concerto Chiavi in mano, has written over 100 works, ranging from liturgical services to theater music to orchestra pieces. He is also a solo pianist and chamber musician and, since 1968, the keyboard player for the Bach Aria Group. MORE

Published February 28, 2015
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