Achievements celebrated at annual Honors Dinner

Carol Colburn Grigor, recipient of the Samuel Simons Sanford Award

Left to right: Benjamin Polak, Peter Salovey, Samuel Simons Sanford Award winner Carol Colburn Grigor, and Robert Blocker

The Yale School of Music held its annual Honors Dinner on Sunday, May 7, welcoming students and alumni, faculty and staff, and distinguished guests to the Yale Commons for an evening of celebration. After thanking recently retired staff members for their service and acknowledging the University officers who were in attendance, YSM Dean Robert Blocker presented Carol Colburn Grigor ’69MMA CBE with the School’s highest honor, the Samuel Simons Sanford Award. Grigor, Blocker, said, “is one of America’s most generous … most thoughtful philanthropists.” Composer and former Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills congratulated Grigor via video.

Willie Ruff, recipient of the Nathan Hale Award

Left to right: Benjamin Polak, Peter Salovey, Nathan Hale Award recipient Willie Ruff, and Robert Blocker

Dean Blocker, with University President Peter Salovey and Yale Provost Benjamin Polak at his side, presented longtime YSM professor Willie Ruff ’53BM ’54MM, who will retire at the end of the semester, with the University’s prestigious Nathan Hale Award. “He’s changed all our lives,” Blocker said, before attendees were shown a video tribute to Ruff’s life and work. In a nod to the man who indirectly inspired him decades ago to study at YSM, Ruff said, “I thank, most of all, Charlie Parker.” The jazz office in the Yale School of Music’s Adams Center for Musical Arts was recently named in Ruff’s honor.

Left to right: Benjamin Polak, Peter Salovey, Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award winner Warren Lee, and Robert Blocker

Blocker presented the Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award to pianist Warren Lee ’00MM and the Cultural Leadership Citation to retiring Yale Collection of Musical Instruments curator William Nicholas Renouf ’71MMA. The Collection’s director, William Purvis, accepted the Citation on behalf of Renouf, who was unable to attend the Honors Dinner. Before presenting student prizes, Blocker referenced an impressive number of awards and successes earned and realized this year by students, faculty, and staff. He recognized longtime YSM faculty pianist Peter Frankl, who plans to retire in the fall, for his dedication to the School community.

At the end of the evening, Blocker told the students in attendance, “Claim the future. It belongs to you. You will make us better.” What follows is a list of the student prizes awarded during YSM’s 2017 Honors Dinner. MORE

Published May 9, 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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Ethan Braun receives commission from New York Youth Symphony

braun-ethanEthan Braun, who is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Yale School of Music, is one of seven emerging composers, all under the age of 30, to receive a commission from the New York Youth Symphony through the organization’s First Music program. His work will be performed by the ensemble in March at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.

According to the New York Youth Symphony website, the organization’s “young composer competition … has been acknowledged widely as one of the leading forces in the United States for bringing the work of gifted young composers to the public’s attention.”

YSM alums Nicholas DiBerardino ’15MM and Natalie Dietterich ’16MM were awarded honorable mentions. Dietterich is currently pursuing a Master of Musical Arts degree at the Yale School of Music. 

Braun has written music for the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, the Ictus Ensemble, the Yale Percussion Group, and Ensemble Synaestesis, among others. He has released two EPs of electroacoustic music on the experimental music label Khalija Records and has performed with the free-improvisation group Out of Your Head.

After studying at California State University, Northridge, Braun received a Bachelor of Arts degree in composition from UCLA, a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and a master’s degree from the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague. Braun is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at the Yale School of Music. He actively promotes the work of his colleagues as event director for the Permutations concert series in New York City.

ETHAN BRAUN

Published October 29, 2016
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Composer Katherine Balch selected to attend Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute

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Katherine Balch

Katherine Balch ’16 MM is among seven emerging young composers chosen to participate in the Minnesota Orchestra‘s 14th annual Composer Institute. The seven finalists were chosen from a pool of 212 applicants, a record-breaking number for the institute.

The institute will take place from January 30 to February 3, 2017, and will include rehearsals, seminars, and mentoring sessions, as well as a public performance of their works by the Minnesota Orchestra on February 3.

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Published June 13, 2016
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Natalie Dietterich wins ASCAP Morton Gould Award

Natalie Dietterich

Natalie Dietterich

Natalie Dietterich ’16 MM, has been named one of the receipients of the 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In addition to being recognized as one of this year’s winners, Dietterich is also the recipient of the Leo Kaplan Award, which was instituted in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor.

Congratulating the Award recipients, Paul Williams said, “These gifted young composers ranging in age from 14 to 30 represent the bright future of American concert music. We congratulate them and extend our great appreciation to the dedicated panel of ASCAP members who selected the winners from over 700 submissions.” The composers will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards event in September. MORE

Published April 19, 2016
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Yale Philharmonia plays New Music for Orchestra Dec. 10

13-004 Yale Philharmonia — Yale School of Music 2013The Yale School of Music presents the annual New Music for Orchestra concert on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 pm. The concert presents new works by up-and-comping student composers, performed by the Yale Philharmonia.

Works on the program include: Krists AuznieksScarlet Sounds, Katherine Balch‘s Leaf Catalogue, Natalie Dietterich‘s aeolian dust, Brian Heim‘s ANOTHER FOREST, an excerpt from Dylan Mattingly‘s Visions of Johanna, Liliya Ugay‘s Oblivion, and Tiange Zhou‘s One Choice. All the composers are currently studying at the Yale School of Music.

YSM conducting fellow Heejung Park will lead the Yale Philharmonia for the evening. MORE

Published November 24, 2015
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New Music New Haven to feature guest composer Bryce Dessner March 5

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Bryce Dessner

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring music by guest composer Bryce Dessner on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 pm. The concert also includes music by six YSM student composers: Krists Auznieks, Natalie Dietterich, Ian Gottlieb, Brian Heim, Michael Laurello, and Tiange Zhou.

The concert will stream live on the School of Music’s website.

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The program will feature two pieces by Dessner, a Yale School of Music alumnus who has won recognition as a composer as well as for his work in the Grammy-nominated band The National. His string quartet Tenebre was a 2010 commission by the acclaimed Kronos Quartet. His work Murder Ballads, written for a sextet of strings, winds, percussion, and piano, was commissioned in 2013 by the new music ensemble eighth blackbird. MORE

Published February 20, 2015
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