Arts Journal profiles faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis

Mind the Gap at Arts Journal talked to composer Christopher Theofanidis, a professor of composition at the School of Music and the artistic director of the New Music New Haven concert series.

Molly Sheridan writes, “Christopher Theofanidis talked about letting go of his concern for solid ground in his creative process, opening up his musical language, and how he almost gave up his music study to go to business school.”

She quotes Theofanidis on the use of storyline in his music: “I think it comes actually from a general humanistic way of thinking: the transformation of emotions; how you care about something. If it’s a melody or person or whatever it happens to be, it happens over time in a way that makes you care about them more, or hopefully deepens your understanding of them. And that’s where the storytelling thing comes into play for me. It’s something to hang the flow of time on that makes sense. It creates meaning and depth for me.”

Read the post and watch the video HERE.

Published November 4, 2010
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Boris Berman conducts video conference master class with students in Australia

Boris Berman has given master classes all over the world. But his October 28 master class with students at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, was different. Berman sat at the piano in the Center for Studies in Music Technology (CSMT) at the Yale School of music, while the students were at the UQ Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology.

The master class participants, Michael Bradshaw and Oliver She, are students of Liam Viney (’02MM, ’03MMA, ’07DMA), a graduate of the Yale School of Music who studied with Berman. “It was as good as having Berman in the room,” said Viney. Bradshaw commented, “There was enough of a feeling of immediate contact with Professor Berman that most of the time I forgot that I was working with someone across the globe.”

Click HERE to read an article from UQ about the master class.

Published November 4, 2010
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Saturday Seminar Nov. 6: How Does Community Engagement Fit Into Your Career Path?

On Saturday, November 6 the Yale School of Music will host a Saturday Seminar featuring three dynamic musicians and industry leaders: Visiting Professor Brian Lewis, with River Oaks Chamber Orchestra founder Alecia Lawyer and 2006 YSM graduate Paul Murphy, principal trumpet of CityMusic Cleveland. Their workshop will focus on Community Engagement as not only a vital, but a necessary skill for any career in music and the arts.

We call it Community Engagement instead of Community Outreach because of the engagement between and among audiences and performers. Musicians do not just reach out with their music; they engage all audiences, ages, and cultures through their performances. This event will discuss steps the panelists took to be successful in their own performance careers and the innovative choices they made and programs they created to deeply tie their art to their community.

It is not enough to simply play an instrument well.  Community Engagement is THE skill musicians need for every aspect of their future careers.

How Does Community Engagement Fit Into Your Career Path, and What Does it Mean Anyway?

Led by: Brian Lewis with Alecia Lawyer and Paul Murphy

When: Saturday, November 6th, 11 am – 1 pm

Where: on the stage of Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall

Registration HERE

Watch Saturday Seminars live and on demand HERE

If you attend only one Saturday Seminar this year, make it this one – it could change your whole way of thinking about career development. Register for the Saturday Seminar now.

Published November 4, 2010
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