Andrea Lam ’04AD reaches Van Cliburn semifinals

Andrea LamPianist Andrea Lam ’04AD has been selected as one of the twelve semi-finalists in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition. On the Van Cliburn Blog, Mike Winter has written: “With breath-taking pianissimos and phrasing, she found colors and depths in the music I never knew existed.” In the semi-final round, pianists perform a one-hour recital as well as a chamber music program with the Takács Quartet. The competition can be viewed live at; Lam will perform with the Takács Quartet on the evening of Saturday, May 30.

Read a Q&A with Lam here, and read some reviews of her performances here, here, and here. MORE

Published May 29, 2009
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From the Archives: New York Phil at Yale in 1922


In 1922, the Philharmonic Society of New York – which would later call itself the New York Philharmonic – performed at Yale. It was the orchestra’s 1660th concert and fell in their eightieth season. A year previously, the Philharmonic had merged with the New York-based National Symphony Orchestra (not the same organization as the ensemble of the same name based in Washington, DC). MORE

Published May 28, 2009
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YSM students perform at Summer Music Sundays

musicians_outdoorsBartlett Arboretum and Gardens will feature students from the Yale School of Music in their Sunday morning classical music series.  Held every Sunday from June 28 through September 6, the summer series takes place on the grounds of the gardens, which are located in Stamford, Conn. In case of rain, the performances will take place in the Visitor Center’s intimate living room. Concerts are free to members or with garden admission.

Sunday Morning Classical Music 10-11am
June 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6
Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens

Published May 27, 2009
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Yale School of Music Commencement to stream live

2008 YSM CommencementThe Yale School of Music is pleased to announce that both the Commencement Concert on Sunday, May 24 and the Commencement ceremonies on Monday, May 25 will be streamed live online.

Among Yale’s many concerts commemorating the past year, the Yale School of Music’s commencement concert features some of the most accomplished young musicians of the current generation. These outstanding performers from the YSM Class of 2009 include pianists Helen Huang, Reinis Zarins, Jeannette Fang, and Wei-Jen Yuan; violinist Nicholas DiEugenio, cellist Hannah Collins,  clarinetist Paul Cho, oboist Merideth Hite, bassoonist Sam Blair, composer Fernando Buide, and mezzo-soprano Emily Righter in a varied program featuring works of Debussy, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Buide, and others.

The free concert takes place on Sunday, May 24 at 4pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The live stream will be available here.

The School of Music’s Commencement exercises will also be streamed live beginning at approximately 12 noon on Monday, May 25. Visit our media page at that time to tune in. The processional and recessional will be performed by a brass ensemble of faculty, students, and alumni, and the School will continue the tradition of singing Schubert’s song “An die Musik.”  Dean Robert Blocker will give the Commencement address. Degrees awarded by the School of Music include the Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, Certificate in Performance, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts.

Published May 22, 2009
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YSM students perform at the Kennedy Center

kennedy-center-lobby_webFourteen students from the Yale School of Music will perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Monday, May 25 at 6:00 pm. The concert is part of the the Conservatory Project, a series of events presenting the finest young artists from the country’s foremost conservatories.

The varied program includes solo and ensemble performances of music by Haydn, Verdi, Bizet, and Prokofiev, as well as less well-known composers such as Keiko Abe, Jorge Morel, and Robert Beaser. Solo piano, guitar, and marimba are featured, as well as vocal works, a string quartet, and a brass quintet. MORE

Published May 18, 2009
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David Kurtz ’80MM garners three Emmy nominations

David Kurtz receiving the School of Music Alumni Certificate of Merit in 2004

David Kurtz, right, receiving the School of Music Alumni Certificate of Merit in 2004, with Dean Robert Blocker

David Kurtz ’80MM, a composer and lyricist, has been nominated for three Emmy Awards.

One nomination is for Outstanding Achievement In Music Direction And Composition For A Drama Series; Kurtz, along with fellow composer Jack Allocco and music supervisors Mike Dobson and Bryan Harrison, was nominated for his work on The Young and the Restless. Kurtz also received two nominations in the category of Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series: one for “All My Days Filled with You” and the other for “For All Time,” both co-written with Jack Allocco. MORE

Published May 15, 2009
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School of Music welcomes 100 new students for next year

08-056_yalemusic_630The Yale School of Music is pleased to welcome next year’s incoming class to New Haven.

Every February, the most talented young musicians from around the world audition for an opportunity to continue their musical training with Yale’s distinguished faculty. The new incoming class is a diverse group of 100 exceptional musicians coming from 58 undergraduate institutions. International students, representing 21 countries from across the globe, make up half the incoming class.

This year’s admissions showed an unusually high yield of 78%, with ten studios – cello, clarinet, composition, conducting, flute, guitar, harp, oboe, trombone, and opera – enrolling 100% of admitted students. Admissions were extremely competitive, with 1270 applications (5% higher than the previous year) and an admission rate of 8.4%.

Published May 13, 2009
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Lucia Brawley to give keynote address

lucia_brawleyLucia Brawley, an actress, writer, and outspoken advocate of arts education, will give the keynote address at Yale’s 2009 Symposium on Music in Schools. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Brawley has also studied at Harvard University and Trinity College (Dublin). She regularly blogs about arts education for the Huffington Post. Her stated mission is to empower students through arts-integrated education.

Lucia Brawley is an actress and arts activist based in Hollywood, California. Ms. Brawley grew up near the World Trade Center and volunteered feeding rescue workers at Ground Zero.  She has also volunteered with at-risk youth through theater and organized extensively for the Obama campaign. She played Karen Jimeno in Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center; starred in two films in Hungary, including as the title character in Lora (Best Foreign Film, Philadelphia Independent Film Festival); appeared in numerous television series and a PBS Shakespeare Special with Clare Bloom, in which she played Juliet, Desdemona and Ophelia; and has performed in productions by some of America’s foremost theater artists, including Tony winner Mary Zimmerman; Pulitzer winner Nilo Cruz; Oscar nominee and Obie winner Jose Rivera; and Tina Packer of Shakespeare & Co., among many others. She also helped develop a documentary about 1960’s National Urban League Executive Director, Whitney Young, Jr., with his niece, Emmy-winning broadcast journalist, Bonnie Boswell. MORE

Published May 12, 2009
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Yale ensembles win silver, bronze medals in Fischoff Competition

jasper_quartetTwo ensembles from the Yale School of Music won accolades in the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Ind. The Jasper String Quartet (J Freivogel, violin; Sae Niwa, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello) won the silver medal in the senior string division, and the Lorien Trio (Nicholas DiEugenio, violin; Ashley Bathgate, cello; and Ilya Poletaev, piano) won the bronze. The Grand Prize winner, the Linden String Quartet of the Cleveland Institute of Music, enjoys a Yale connection as well: the quartet will study at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival this summer.

The Jasper Quartet is the 2008-09 Fellowship Quartet in Residence at Yale, where they study with the Tokyo String Quartet. The Lorien Trio is a mix of alumni (Bathgate and Poletaev) and current students (DiEugenio). “We are all excited and proud to represent Yale on the national scene,” said DiEugenio.

The Fischoff Competition is the world’s largest chamber music competition. In 2009, ensembles representing 14 nationalities competed in five rounds of competition over three days.

Published May 11, 2009
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