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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Carl Stanley

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

morelliFanfare Magazine
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.


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


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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Yale in New York presents De Profundis: music for low instruments

Frank Morelli

The Yale in New York concert series, directed by David Shifrin, closes its 2011-2012 season with De Profundis: The Deep End, a concert of music for low instruments. The bassoon, tuba, trombone, cello, double bass, and sackbut all take center stage in this performance.

Faculty performers – including Frank Morelli, bassoon; Scott Hartman, trombone; Donald Palma, double bass; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Ransom Wilson, conductor – will be joined by students and alumni on the stage of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The program will be presented twice: in New Haven on Wednesday, March 28, and in New York City on Sunday, April 1 (for real). The Wednesday concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street). The Sunday concert begins at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. MORE

Published March 2, 2012
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Bassoonist Scott Switzer ’10 to perform in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center

Presented by the Conservatory Project 2010/National Symphony Orchestra & John Adams: Perspectives

The Kennedy Center

As part of the National Symphony Orchestra’s two-week focus John Adams: Perspectives, members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatory Project Chamber Ensemble (comprised of a student from each of the 15 participating conservatories) will perform two works by John Adams under the baton of the composer.

The National Symphony Orchestra has invited a student from each Conservatory Project institution to be a part of John Adams: Perspectives, the Kennedy Center’s residency with the composer. The performance will take place on Monday, May 17 at 6pm in the Terrace Theater. The first half of the concert will be Shaker Loops, performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra. The second part will be the Chamber Symphony performed by the Conservatory Project students, including Yale School of Music student Scott Switzer, bassoon and contrabassoon. The concert will stream live online; visit this page at 6pm on Monday, May 17 to watch.


Published May 7, 2010
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