Chelsea Chen ’09AD awarded 2009 Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize

Chelsea ChenChelsea Chen, an Artist Diploma candidate at Yale University, has been awarded the 2009 Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize of $5000. The prize is given annually to an outstanding young musician under the age of 35 exhibiting unusual talent and promise for the future. Past winners have included distinguished composers Ned Rorem and Robert Levin. The designated field of this year’s competition was organ performance.

The prize is awarded by the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund, Inc. in Boston, Mass.  The organization holds a nomination-only competition each year, and this year’s designated field was organ performance. The selection committee received CDs and resumes from 5 nominees, each nominated by an eminent leader in the field.  Ms. Chen was nominated by Professor Thomas Murray.

Ms. Chen has studied with John Weaver and Paul Jacobs at Juilliard, and spent a Fulbright year in Taiwan introducing classical organ performance to the public. She currently studies with Thomas Murray at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

Published March 18, 2009
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Yale Club of Taipei presents its first public concert

The Yale Club of Taipei announces its first public concert at 7:30 pm on Sunday, March 14, at the Novel Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan(新舞台,台灣台北市信義區松壽路三號). The concert will feature special design, including lights and a slide show. Attendees are invited to share their memories of the Yale campus.

Musicians from the Yale School of Music include flutist Chia-fen Tsai (2001), pianists Chiao-Han Liao (1999), Pei-yee Lee (1996), and Yu-Huang Lin, (1995); violinists Chia-chun Lu (2002), Jia-chi Huang (1996); violist Horng-ren Shih (1995); cellists Ching-wen Hsu (1997), Tsao-lun Lu (1999) and Chia-yi Tseng (2003); and composers Wen-tze Lu (1991) and Ling-Huei Tsai (1998).

Chiao-Han Liao, pianoProgram

Chi-yi Lo: “1945” (Original Music to Film Cape No. 7)

Charles Ives: “TSIAJ” from Piano Trio

Tyzen Hsiao: Fantasy for Flute and Piano

Robert Schumann: Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73

Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47, movements III and IV

Wen-tze Lu: Yale Tower and Bull Dog (dedicated to all Elis; world premiere)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano, “Spring,” movement I

Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, “Trout”, D. 667, movements IV and V

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Chamber version)

Published March 16, 2009
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Beverly Shangkuan ’10MM wins national choral conducting competition

Beverly ShangkuanBeverly Shangkuan ’10MM, a graduate conducting student at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music, won the American Choral Directors Association National Convention Graduate Conducting competition this past weekend in Oklahoma City. Shangkuan competed against other finalists from the University of Arizona, University of Colorado, Eastman School of Music,  University of Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, and University of Southern California.

This is the third consecutive win for Yale students at these conventions, which occur every other year: Soo-yeon Lee won the competition at the last National Convention in Miami 2007, and Kimberly Dunn gained second prize in Los Angeles in 2005. MORE

Published March 13, 2009
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New Music New Haven features Martin Bresnick’s multimedia, anti-war piece Caprichos Enfáticos

bresnick_vThe Yale School of Music features composer Martin Bresnick in a New Music New Haven concert at 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 2 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The program highlights Bresnick’s Caprichos Enfáticos: Los Desastres de la Guerra (Emphatic Caprices: The Disasters of War), a piece that laments the excesses and tragedies of war by integrating devastating interpolated DVD projections, created by Johanna Bresnick, based on Francisco Goya’s book of etchings Los Destastres de la Guerra. Pianist Lisa Moore and the acclaimed ensemble So Percussion will perform this multimedia work. MORE

Published March 11, 2009
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Yale Announces Appointment of Conductor Masaaki Suzuki

Maasaki SuzukiThe Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music are pleased to announce the joint appointment of eminent Bach scholar and conductor Masaaki Suzuki as Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting and conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum, the University’s renowned chamber choir. The two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2009.

Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of J.S. Bach. He has remained the Collegium’s music director ever since, taking the group regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the United States and building up an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement of his performances. In addition to conducting, Suzuki is also acclaimed as an organist and harpsichordist.

He is regularly invited to work with distinguished European soloists and groups, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and the Freiburger Barockorchester; he recently appeared in London with the Britten Sinfonia in a program of Britten, Mozart and Stravinsky. Forthcoming engagements with other ensembles include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Nagoya Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2001 Suzuki was decorated with the Federal Order of Merit from Germany.

Suzuki’s impressive discography on the BIS label includes his interpretations with Bach Collegium Japan of Bach’s major choral works and sacred cantatas. He has now completed 40 volumes. MORE

Published March 10, 2009
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Three works selected for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre

CerroneYale School Of Music student Christopher Cerrone ’09 MM is among the writers and composers who will take part in the first Yale Institute For Music Theatre, June 7-21, 2009.

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre – Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director; Beth Morrison, Producer – announces the three original music theatre works to receive two-week workshops in New Haven this June. The works are:

Cancer? the musical, with music, book, and lyrics by Sam Wessels;
Invisible Cities
, with score and libretto by Christopher Cerrone (’09 MM); and
, with book and lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman and music by Anna K. Jacobs.

Cancer? the musical
Music, Book, and Lyrics by Sam Wessels

About to graduate from college, intrepid Sam had a lot in front of him.  He had an acting career to start, musicals to produce, and the mysteries of adulthood waiting to uncover.  Then for a graduation gift, he got leukemia.  Cancer? the musical is an ingenious,  funny, heartfelt, and unsentimental depiction of Sam’s roller-coaster ride through the first dizzying nine months of his diagnosis and treatment—and how the cure ended up transforming his life long after the cancer itself was gone.

Published March 9, 2009
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April opens with Lunchtime Chamber Music

Chamber Music in SpragueThe Yale School of Music presents Lunchtime Chamber Music on Wednesday, April 1 at 12:30 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). This free event features  a colorful variety of ensembles made up of graduate students at the Yale School of Music. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

Admission to the recital is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website,, or call 203 432-4158.


Yale School of Music presents Lunchtime Chamber Music
Featuring graduate students from the  Yale School of Music chamber music program
Wendy Sharp, director
Date/time: April 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm
Venue: Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall
470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets: Free
Phone/web: 203 432-4158 •

Published March 7, 2009
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Wei-Yi Yang performs Messiaen, Bach, and others on Horowitz Piano Series

yang_vThe Yale School of Music presents a Horowitz Piano Series recital by  pianist Wei-Yi Yang at 8:00 pm on Monday, March 30 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. Yang, acclaimed by the Dallas Morning News for his “dazzling” performance with the Yale Philharmonia in Messiaen’s Turangalila at Carnegie Hall last December, will play Bach’s French Overture (Partita) in B minor, BWV 831, as well as a collection of birdsong-inspired music for piano by Janácek, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Couperin, Liszt, and Messiaen.

tixTickets are $10-$18 / students $5. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website,, or call 203 432-4158.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Wei-Yi Yang has concertized on four continents. A Gold medal winner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Korea’s Kumho Art Hall, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Ireland’s Royal Dublin Society, and Sydney’s Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among many others. MORE

Published March 6, 2009
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Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition offers an exciting mix of performers


The Yale School of Music presents the annual Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, which will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 9 am to 5 pm, in Sprague Memorial Hall (corner of College and Wall Street). The different departments of the School of Music – from piano to winds and brass, from strings to percussion –  select a total of 15-20 finalists to compete for the privilege of performing as a soloist with the Yale Philharmonia in the 2009-10 season. Two to three winners will be selected by the panel of judges.

The competition, despite its name, takes place in Sprague Hall; the winners’ performances with the Philharmonia next season will take place in Woolsey Hall.

The competition is free and open to the public, and with participants from all disciplines, the competition’s program promises to be varied and interesting. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website,, or call 203 432-4158.
Yale School of Music presents
Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition

Featuring selected students from the Yale School of Music
Date/time: Saturday, March 28, 2009 / 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall
470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets: Free
Phone/web: 203 432-4158 •

Published March 6, 2009
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Composer Andrew Norman wins Berlin Prize

norman_vAndrew Norman ’09AD has been awarded the prestigious Berlin Prize in Music Composition. Beginning in the fall of 2009, Norman will spend a year in residence at the American Academy in Berlin. The Academy provides the composer-in-residence with new experiences and professional opportunities by offering a world-class venue for his music as well as a network of professional mentors and colleagues. Norman will also have a concert of his music performed by members of the Berlin Philharmonic. “I’m very excited,” said Norman.

Composer Andrew Norman is quickly gaining recognition as a strong new voice in American contemporary music. Highly regarded by composers such as John Corigliano, he received his Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude and two years later earned his Master of Music degree in composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he was twice named the school’s most outstanding graduate. Norman has received commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra, William Kapell Piano Foundation, SCI, Modesto Symphony, CSU Stanislaus Symphony, and New York Youth Symphony. His honors include the 2004 Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival and School, three Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the 2005 Rudolf Nissim Prize for his orchestral work Sacred Geometry and the 2005 Leo Kaplan Prize from ASCAP, a BMI Student Composer award, and top honors in the NFMC Beyer Awards, MTNA Composition contest, and USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Norman’s music has been read at the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composers Institute and the National Youth Orchestra Festival, and has received performances throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Norman is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, where he studies with Martin Bresnick.

Published March 3, 2009
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