YSM Alumni News | July 2018

Samuel Adams

Composer Samuel Adams ’10MM had a new chamber concerto premiered by violinist Karen Gomyo and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His Movements (for us and them) will be performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra on tours of Australia and the United States this summer.

Guitarist Trevor Babb ’12MM ’14MMA was appointed adjunct artist in guitar at Vassar College and will begin that role in the fall.

Hornist Luke Baker ’18MM, bassoonist Matthew Gregoire ’17MM, and double bassist Kaden Henderson ’17MM ’18MMA will join The Orchestra Now at the beginning of the 2018-2019 season.

Composer, pianist, and organist Calvin Bowman ’99MMA ’05DMA was signed to Decca/Universal Music Australia, which will release a recording of his songs called Real and Right and True in July.

Sarah Boxmeyer ’16MM won the position of associate principal/third horn of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Boxmeyer played with the orchestra for much of the 2017-2018 season and will begin her first full season in September.

Conductor John Concklin ’08MM received a one-year appointment as associate professor of conducting at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

Kevin Dombrowski ’14MM won the position of second trombonist of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and will begin playing with the orchestra in October.

Percussionist Timothy Feeney ’01MM ’02MMA ’07DMA was appointed to a full-time faculty position as a percussion artist at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts.

Timothy Gocklin ’14MM ’15AD was appointed artist-in-residence in oboe at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Romie de Guise-Langlois ’06MM ’07AD was appointed assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Violinist Ethan Hoppe ’16MM ’18MMA will join the New World Symphony for the 2018-2019 season.

Guitarist Sharon Isbin ’78BA ’79MM is serving as director of classical guitar at the Aspen Music Festival this summer, teaching, giving master classes, and performing.

Organist Paul Jacobs ’02MM AD recently joined the Philadelphia Orchestra on its tour of Europe and Israel. Jacobs’ recent solo engagements also include performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Conductor Farkhad Khudyev ’10MM, the third prize-winner at the eighth annual Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in 2017, received a 2018 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award.

Pianist Henry Kramer ’13AD ’19DMA was named the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano at the Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.

Violinist Cheuk Yin Luu ’18MM won a position in the first violin section of the Buffalo Philharmonic and will begin playing with the orchestra in September.

Missy Mazzoli ’06MM was named the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new Mead Composer-in-Residence. Music Director Riccardo Muti appointed Mazzoli to a two-year term.

Bassoonist Marissa Olegario ’15MM was appointed assistant professor of music at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music for the 2018-2019 academic year. Olegario will teach bassoon and perform in the Arizona Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble.

Choral conductor Sarah Paquet ’16MM was appointed assistant director of choral activities and lecturer in music in the Smith College Music Department and will begin in the fall.

Trombonist Matthew Russo ’12MM joined the S. E. Shires Company’s artist roster.

Kate Sheeran

Hornist Kate Sheeran ’04MM was named executive director of the Kaufman Music Center, effective in August 2018. Sheeran previously served as provost and dean at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

James Austin Smith ’08MM joined the faculty at Stony Brook University as interim visiting artist-in-residence of oboe.

Flutist Leo Sussman ’18MM will join Ensemble Connect in September.

Guitarist An T. Tran ’16MM was awarded first prize at the University of Rhode Island’s Rising Stars Competition.

Pianist Yevgeny Yontov ’14MM ’20DMA was appointed to a one-year assistant professorship as instructor of piano in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. Yontov will begin in mid-August and will teach piano and collaborative piano and coach chamber music.

Pianist Joon Yoon ’16MM was awarded the Guildhall School’s (London) Gold Medal, the school’s most prestigious prize for outstanding soloists.

Published July 9, 2018
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YSM Alumni News | May 2018

Pianist Tanya Bannister CERT was named president of the Concert Artists Guild. She succeeds Richard S. Weinert, who plans to retire in June after 18 years at the organization.

Violinist Qi Cao ’10MM won a position with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and will join the ensemble in September 2018. Cao has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for five years.

The Jasper String Quartet. Photo by Dario Acosta

The Jasper String Quartet, which includes violinists John Freivogel ’10AD and Sae Chonabayashi, violist Sam Quintal ’10AD, and cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel ’10AD, had their album Unbound named one of The New York Times’ “Top 25 Classical Albums of 2017.” The recording includes works by YSM alumni Judd Greenstein ’04MM, Caroline Shaw ’07MM, Missy Mazzoli ’06MM, Ted Hearne ’08MM ’09MMA ’14DMA, and David Lang ’83MMA ’89DMA and was released on the Sono Luminus and New Amsterdam labels.

Composers Michael Gilbertson ’13MM ’21DMA and Ted Hearne ’08MM ’09MMA ’14DMA were named co-finalists for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Gilbertson was nominated for his work Quartet, which was commissioned by the Verona Quartet, Concert Artists Guild, and BMI Foundation, and Hearne was nominated for his work Sound from the Bench, which was commissioned by Volti and The Crossing.

Darren Hicks

Darren Hicks ’14MM was appointed associate principal bassoonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Hicks has been a fellow at the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, Fla., for the past three years.

Alumna Molly Joyce ’17MM and incoming students Alexis C. Lamb ’20MM and Peter Shin ’20MMA received ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

Violinist Dennis Kim ’98MM was named concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, Calif. Kim has served as concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015.

Composers Yoshiaki Onishi ’07MM ’08AD and Carl Schimmel ’99MM were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for music composition.

Two alumni received awards from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn ’02MM ’03AD received the Richard Tucker Award, and bass David Leigh ’14MM received a Sara Tucker Study Grant.

Published May 9, 2018
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YSM alumni take home Grammys

Michael Daugherty. Photo by Grant Leighton

Michael Daugherty. Photo by Grant Leighton

Yale School of Music alumnus Michael Daugherty ’82MMA ’87DMA received three 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, for his Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra, which was recorded by cellist Zuill Bailey and the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. The piece won in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and Best Classical Compendium categories.

Tales of Hemingway was commissioned and premiered by Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, whose live recording of that performance was released on an album with Daugherty’s American Gothic and a 2015 revision of his Once Upon a Castle, a work for organ and orchestra whose solo part was performed by YSM alumnus Paul Jacobs ’02MM. Guerrero recently conducted the Yale Philharmonia in a program that included Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Shostakovich Symphony No. 10.

Percussionist David Skidmore ’08MM earned a 2017 Grammy as a member of Third Coast Percussion, whose recording of works by Steve Reich won in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category. MORE

Published February 13, 2017
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YSM alums wrap up 2016 with career accomplishments

Michael Zuber

As 2016 comes to a close, the Yale School of Music is celebrating the recent accomplishments of several graduates. 

Three YSM alumni have recently won orchestral appointments. Michael Zuber ’14MM, a bassoonist who studied at YSM with Frank Morelli, has been appointed principal bassoonist of the Cape Symphony in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Zuber is also an alumnus of The Academy, a two-year program organized by  Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

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Jeanine Wynton

Jeanine Wynton ’03MM has joined the North Carolina Symphony as a section violinist. Wynton previously held the positions of assistant concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia and section violinist with the Florida Orchestra. During the summers, she performs with the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago. Wynton was the first American woman to design educational-outreach concerts for a Russian Orchestra. For three months, she performed and conceived educational concerts with the principal players of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. While in Moscow, she performed concerts with both the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra MORE

Published November 28, 2016
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Bassoonarama Dec. 7 offers “A Night at the Opera”

yny-bassoonsThe Yale School of Music presents Bassoonarama, a recital featuring the studio of Frank Morelli on Monday, December 7 at 7:30 pm. The program, entitled A Night at the Opera, will feature selections from several well-known operas arranged for bassoon ensemble.

Selections featured in the program will be Suites 1 and 2 from Verdi‘s Rigoletto; a selection of arias from Rossini‘s Il barbiere di Siviglia, arranged by Frank Morelli for two bassoons; and Bizet‘s Suite from Carmen.

Following intermission, the program will continue two selections by Wagner: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin, and the Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre. Closing the program will be music from Leonard Bernstein‘s famous West Side Story, arranged by Cornelia Sommer ’16 MM.

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Published December 3, 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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Students and alumni join Ensemble ACJW, win President’s Public Service Fellowship

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Jean Laurenz ’13MM, ’14AD

Four YSM graduates will become Fellows of The Academy/Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the Weill Institute of Music in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

This two-year fellowship is one of the leading teaching artist training programs in the country and is extremely competitive.

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Philip Browne ’14MM

Garrett Arney ’14AD, percussion; Phillip Browne ’14MM, horn; Jean Laurenz ’13MM, ’14AD, trumpet; and Michael Zuber ’14MM, bassoon, will join The Academy/Ensemble ACJW this fall.

 

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Carl Stanley

In addition, first-year trumpet student Carl Stanley won one of the spots in the prestigious President’s Public Service Fellowship.  MORE

Published May 2, 2014
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Frank Morelli: FROM THE HEART on MSR

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By Maria Nockin

Frank Morelli was the first player to receive a doctorate in bassoon performance from the Juilliard School, and for many years he has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Gilbert Kalish was the pianist for the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years. On this disc they play a wide-ranging array of 20th-century music for bassoon and piano.

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Published February 18, 2014
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‘Bassoonarama’ features tangos and more Dec. 9

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YSM bassoonists in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

The Yale School of Music presents Bassoonarama, a recital by the Yale School of Music bassoon studio, on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7 pm.

The recital takes place at Sudler Recital Hall in William L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall St., New Haven, adjacent to Sprague Hall).

The program opens with Julius Fučik’s Entry of the Gladiators. A parade of tangos will follow: Tango Suite by Astor Piazzolla, Tango for Three Bassoons by Manuel Martinez, and Last Tango in Bayreuth by Peter Schickele.

The students will then perform The Grouchy Old Bear, another piece by Fučik. The event concludes with jazz and holiday tunes for the winter season. MORE

Published November 22, 2013
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Aaron Apaza ’08MM appointed principal bassoon of Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Acting Second Principal Basoon Aaron Apaza Aaron Apaza ’08MM was recently appointed principal bassoon of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He was among four musicians added to the orchestra’s roster for the 2013–14 season.

As an orchestral musician, Aaron Apaza served most recently as acting assistant principal bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2011–12 season). Aaron spent two years at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan studying with Barrick Stees, assistant principal bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra. In 2001, Aaron was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and as part of that honor, performed a movement from Gordon Jacob’s Concerto for Bassoon at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

After Interlochen, Aaron studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under the tutelage of Bernard Garfield, retired Principal Bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Apaza then continued his studies at the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Frank Morelli. Upon completion of his studies at Yale, Aaron was invited to join the New World Symphony in Miami, where he performed under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2010, Mr. Apaza joined the Colorado Symphony as acting assistant principal bassoon for the 2010–2011 season. In addition, Aaron has played with, among others, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Published September 25, 2013
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