Composer David Kurtz ’80MM wins two Emmy Awards

Kurtz at the School of Music in 2004, with Dean Robert Blocker

When the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 37th annual Emmy® Awards, Yale School of Music alumnus David Kurtz added two to his collection.

Kurtz won for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series for his work on The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS). As both composer and lyricist, he won Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series for The Young and the Restless, also on CBS.

Previous accolades include Emmy Awards in 1989, 2006, and 2009, as well as numerous ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards for Most Performed Underscore.

In addition to his work on The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, Kurtz has contributed to the music for By the Sea, Alien Nation, Charles in Charge, and many other television productions, as well as movies including The Big Chill, Instant Justice, and Hunk.

Kurtz is a member of the Yale School of Music Board of Visitors.

Published June 28, 2010
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Jasper Quartet to appear at Caramoor

Yale’s 2008-10 Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence and Caramoor’s 2009-10 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence will perform on August 5

The Jasper Quartet in Sprage Hall

Caramoor International Music Festival’s chamber music programming for the 2010 summer season includes three renowned string quartets that will present a wide range of repertoire – from Haydn’s String Quartet No. 60 to the world premiere of a work by Annie Gosfield – during three Thursday night concerts in Caramoor’s Spanish Courtyard. Caramoor’s 2009-10 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence the Jasper String Quartet, will perform the world premiere of Annie Gosfield’s new string quartet commissioned by Caramoor for its String Quartet Library for the 21st Century; Vol XI at 7:30 pm on August 5. MORE

Published June 24, 2010
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Yale Institute for Music Theatre announces casting for public readings June 25 & 26

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director; Beth Morrison, Producer) announces the full creative teams and casting for its two summer workshops, The Daughters and Stuck Elevator.  The two-week workshops of the original music theatre works will culminate in two readings of each at the Off-Broadway Theatre (41 Broadway, New Haven) on June 25 and 26; see below for times. A reception will follow each reading.

Tickets for the readings and receptions are $15 each, and can be purchased online at, by phone at (203) 562-5666, and in person at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas Box Office (Shubert Theater, 247 Chapel Street). Arts & Ideas Members and Yale Repertory Theatre subscribers may purchase tickets for $10 each by phone or in person only. MORE

Published June 17, 2010
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Walking tours of Yale’s historic Collection of Musical Instruments

One of the leading resources of its kind, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments includes nearly one thousand musical instruments from antiquity to the present, from both Western and non-Western traditions. The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, taking place now in New Haven, offers two walking tours of the Collection: Friday, June 18 and Sunday, June 20 at 2 pm.

Both tours will be led by curators Susan Thompson and Nicholas Renouf. Guest artist Andrew Appel, harpsichordist, fortepianist and director of the Four Nations Ensemble, will join the tour on Sunday, June 20, prior to his 7 pm concert in Sprague Memorial Hall. The tour will last about 90 minutes. Meet at the Collection, 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven.

Presented by the Yale School of Music.

Tickets for this tour are $10. Visit the event page for more info.

Published June 16, 2010
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Yale quartets share first prize in 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition

Amphion String Quartet. Photo courtesy of Sammie Scheer.

The Amphion String Quartet and the Linden String Quartet were jointly awarded first place in the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, held at Sprague Hall on Friday, June 11.

The members of the Amphion String Quartet are Yale School of Music alumni Katie Hyun, violin; Mihai Marica, cello; and David Southorn, violin; as well as violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, a DMA candidate at Stony Brook University. MORE

Published June 14, 2010
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Derrick Wang ’08MM wins BMI Student Composer Award for short opera

Derrick Wang has been named a winner in the 58th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards, which “recognize superior creative talent” in music composition. Wang’s BMI award-winning work is the ten-minute, one-act opera ISH, scored for two tenors, barintone, bass-baritone, and keyboard.

Eleven young classical composers, ages 13 to 26, were named winners in the 58th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards.  Awards Chair Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, and BMI Foundation President Ralph N. Jackson announced the decisions of the jury and presented the awards at a reception held May 14 at the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York City.

The BMI Student Composer Awards recognize superior creative talent, and winners receive scholarship grants to be applied toward their musical education. In 2010, more than 500 manuscripts were submitted to the competition from throughout the Western Hemisphere, and all works were judged under pseudonyms.


Published June 9, 2010
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New CD, “Shy and Mighty,” from alum Timo Andres

Music for two pianos performed by Andres ’07BA, ’09MM and David Kaplan ’07MM, ’08MMA

Shy and Mighty, the first album from composer and pianist Timo Andres, has been named a Pick of the Week by WNYC and has received four starts from the Guardian. Featuring ten interrelated piano pieces and released on the Nonesuch label, Shy and Mighty is performed by Andres and fellow alum David Kaplan.

Though steeped in the classical canon, Andres has expressed his admiration for a range of artists, like Radiohead, Brian Eno, Múm, Sigur Rós, Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Olivia Tremor Control, and Boards of Canada. His classical influences include John Adams, Charles Ives, György Ligeti, and his former teachers, Ingram Marshall and Martin Bresnick.

While each track stands on its own, Andres conceived of Shy and Mighty as an album-length work. As he writes in the liner notes: “When I sat down to write Shy and Mighty, this was very clearly my goal for it — that I would write an album for two pianos. I was very focused on the recorded medium — even though this is obviously something that works live, that was somehow secondary. MORE

Published June 9, 2010
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Birthday concert from violinist Wendy Sharp features new works and Mendelssohn’s Octet

Premieres of music by Timo Andres ’09MM, Rick Bassett, and Gerald Cohen on June 13 program

How does a prominent violinist celebrate her fiftieth birthday? With a concert, of course, and also by having three composers write new pieces just for the occasion. And to top it off, by playing one of the great chamber works for double string quartet with long-time colleagues, family, and friends.

That is just how Wendy Sharp will celebrate her birthday in Sprague Hall on Sunday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m. Ms. Sharp, a long-time member of the Yale School of Music faculty member and director of the the School’s chamber music program, will be joined by violinists Robin Sharp, Andrea Schultz, and Tema Watstein; violists Marka Gustavsson and Sharon Wei; cellists Mimi Hwang, Irene Sharp, Kerry Takahashi, and Kai Takahashi; and pianists Gerald Cohen and Timo Andres in works including world premieres by Timo Andres, Rick Bassett, and Gerald Cohen and Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved Octet for strings.

The three composers who have written pieces especially for this occasion are all Yale alumni. Timo Andres‘s work is entitled “Clamber Music,” for two violins and piano; Rick Bassett‘s piece, called “Addis Sketch,” is for violin and two cellos; and Gerald Cohen has set several Hebrew texts for violin and piano.


Published June 8, 2010
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