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Yale School of Music Alumni Receive Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Garth Neustadter '12MM

Garth Neustadter ’12MM

On March 31, 2014, the ASCAP Foundation announced the recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The program grants monetary awards to composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected by a national jury.

Yale School of Music alumni and students Christopher Cerrone ’09MM, ’10MMA; Garth Neustadter ’12MM; Brendon Randall-Myers ’14MM; and Daniel Schlosberg ’10BA, ’13MM, ’14MMA received awards. They were among 27 composers selected from nearly 630 submissions. MORE

Published April 16, 2014
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Yale School of Music Alumnus Andy Akiho awarded Rome Prize for Composition

akiho_h_webOn April 10, 2014, Yale School of Music alumnus Andy Akiho ’11 MM was announced as a winner of the 188th Rome Prize Competition at the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony at the Harmonie Club in New York City.

Andy Akiho was awarded the Luciano Berio Rome Prize to compose new works for orchestra. Described as “mold-breaking” and “vital” by The New York Times and as “a young composer to watch” by The LA Times, Andy Akiho is an eclectic and contemporary composer whose recent engagements include a commission by Carnegie Hall premiered by Ensemble ACJW, a world premiere commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, a performance with the LA Philharmonic, a tour in Taiwan for the 2012 International Drum Festival, and three shows at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC featuring original compositions.

The Rome Prize is awarded annually to 30 individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Each recipient is awarded a fellowship to finance their living and working space in Rome, where they will immerse themselves in the Rome Academy community for a period of 6–24 months. The program aims to cultivate an environment of collaborative scholarly flourishing and inspiration. The award is given to graduate and pre-doctoral fellows who are selected by eight juries.


Published April 16, 2014
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Ted Hearne awarded New Voices residency

Hearne_TedYale School of Music alumnus Ted Hearne ’08 MM, ’09 MMA was named the third annual New Voices resident composer by the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the publishing company Boosey & Hawkes, which all co-sponsor the position.

As resident composer, Hearne will compose a chamber piece and a symphonic score to be workshopped by the New World Symphony, a training orchestra in Miami Beach directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, in the 2014–15 season. In 2015, the works will travel to the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Thomas’ other orchestra, where they will be premiered. In addition, Hearne will work with Boosey & Hawkes in New York, taking part in what the company calls “all aspects of publishing.”

Hearne is known for his politically engaged compositions, such as The Katrina Ballads, a critique of the government response to Hurricane Katrina, and Ripple, based on the WikiLeaks scandal. He currently teaches composition at the University of Southern California. MORE

Published April 10, 2014
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Charles Richard-Hamelin ’13 MM wins third prize in Seoul International Music Competition

CharlesRichardHamelinOn March 30, 2014, alumnus Charles Richard-Hamelin ’13MM was awarded the third prize in the 10th Seoul International Music Competition. He also received the special prize for the Best Performance of a Beethoven Sonata.

In the final round, Richard-Hamelin played Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 with the Korean Symphony Orchestra and conductor Yun-Sung Chang. The competition is held annually for piano, violin, and voice, in rotation. MORE

Published March 31, 2014
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In memoriam: Mitch Leigh ’51 BM, ’52 MM


Mitch Leigh visiting the School of Music in 2011

Mitch Leigh visiting the School of Music in 2011

Mitch Leigh, a Yale graduate and benefactor, died yesterday morning, March 16. He had a stroke a little over a week ago. Dean Blocker announced the news to the School’s community “with immense gratitude for his life and unspeakable sadness for our loss.”

Mitch Leigh was born in 1928 in Brooklyn. His parents, who had arrived in New York in 1921, made it a priority for him to study music. After attending the High School of Music and Art, he joined the army in 1946 in order to take advantage of the G.I. Bill. While recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital from a baseball injury, he heard music by Paul Hindemith on the radio and wrote to him at Yale. The next fall he enrolled, earning his bachelor’s degree from Yale College in 1951 and his master’s from the Yale School of Music in 1952.

Dean Blocker noted, “Mitch Leigh continually maintained that his time at Yale was the turning point in his life. His love and admiration for Keith Wilson, his lifelong friendship with Willie Ruff, and his gratitude for having Paul Hindemith as his teacher were all dominant themes in his Yale experience.” MORE

Published March 17, 2014
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YSM Musicians win Grants from American Academy of Arts and Letters



On March 5, 2014 the American Academy of Arts and Letters announces the sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music which total $175,000. Yale School of Music students Bálint Karosi ’14 MMA and Daniel Schlosberg ’10 BA, ’13 MM, ’14 MMA both received Charles Ives Scholarships of $7500. The award is given to “composition students of great promise.”

The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 to “foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts.” Each year, the Academy gives over 50 composers, artists, architects, and writers grants that range from $5000 to $100,000. Candidates for the music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy, and then decided upon by a committee.

This year, the committee of Academy members determining the music awards was chaired by Joan Tower. The awards will be presented at an official ceremony in May. MORE

Published March 14, 2014
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Brian Fennelly ’65 MM, ’68 PhD receives award, releases CD

fennelly-brian-webBrian Fennelly ’65 MM, ’68 PhD received the 2013 Union College Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award for my career as a composer. Fennelly earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College in 1958 before coming to Yale to study composition and theory.

In addition, his fifth solo CD, The Other Side of Time, was released on the Albany Records label. It contains orchestral and chamber music commissioned by the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, duo parnas (violin/cello), Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and trumpeter Chris Gekker. MORE

Published March 12, 2014
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Matthew Barnson ’12 DMA releases ‘Sibyl Tones’ on Tzadik Records

barnson-sibyl-tonesUtah-born and New York City-based composer Matthew Barnson ’07 MM, ’08 MMA, ’12 DMA has released his latest CD, Sibyl Tones, on Tzadik Records.

The CD presents three original pieces for string quartet performed by the Arditti Quartet from London and the JACK quartet from New York City. Tzadik praises Barnson as a  “thrilling new American compositional voice.”

Barnson has studied at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Yale School of Music. At 34, the composer is the youngest recipient of a Barlow Commission from the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, and was a 2009 recipient of the Charles Ives Prize.

Published March 12, 2014
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Louis Lohraseb ’15MM accepted to institute with Lorin Maazel

LohrasebLouis Lohraseb ’15 MM, a student in orchestral conducting, was invited to participate in the 2014 Castleton Festival’s Maestro Maazel Masterclasses. He will study with Maestro Lorin Maazel, the Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic and the Executive and Artistic Director of the Castleton Festival. From May 29th to 31st, Lohraseb will work with the conductors alone before and the singers and orchestra members arrive.

The conducting master classes from June 9th to July 20th will include sessions on “How to Conduct an Opera,” “How to Conduct a 20th Century Masterpiece,” and “The Art of Interpretation,” among others. The Castleton festival, in the Piedmont hills of Virginia, nurtures young artists in opera and classical music performance. MORE

Published March 12, 2014
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YSM alumni receive grants from New Music USA


On February 24, 2014, New Music USA awarded $337,000 to sixty musical projects, six of which involve YSM alumni. New Music USA is dedicated to public advocacy for new music.

The 2013 Grammy award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth, an avant-garde vocal octet, blends all forms of non-Western singing techniques to create a unique 21st-century classical music sound. The ensemble’s first album was lauded as “fiercely beautiful, and bravely, utterly exposed” (NPR) and “the future of vocal music” (WQXR). The ensemble will use the grant to take on two new commissions featuring Sufi and Persian singing and to record a second album.

Yale faculty composer David Lang received a grant for his piece love fail, written for the vocal quartet Anonymous 4. MORE

Published March 4, 2014
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