Composers Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Boykan elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters

Aaron Jay Kernis

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced earlier this month that Aaron Jay Kernis ’83MM, a graduate of the Yale School of Music and a current member of the composition faculty, and alumnus Martin Boykan ’53MM are among the ten people recently elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Academy will hold its annual induction and award ceremony in mid-May. J. D. McClatchy, president of the Academy, will conduct the presentation of awards in architecture, art, literature, and music. Rosanna  Warren, Secretary of the Academy, will induct the new members into the 250-person organization: artists Walter De Maria, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Malcolm Morley, James Turrell, and architect Robert A. M. Stern; writers Louis Begley, Michael Cunningham, and Rita Dove; and composers Martin Boykan and Aaron Jay Kernis.

President McClatchy will induct choreographer Bill T. Jones to American Honorary membership and writers Anne Carson and Elfriede Jelinek and artist William Kentridge to Foreign Honorary membership. Rocco Landesman, the chairman of the NEA, will deliver the Blashfield Foundation Address, titled “The Play’s the Thing.” An exhibition of art, architecture, books, and manuscripts by new members and recipients of awards will be on view in the Academy’s galleries from May 19 to June 12.


Published March 23, 2011
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Saturday Seminar 3/26: Navigating New Media and Digital Rights

On Saturday, March 26, the Yale School of Music will host a Saturday Seminar featuring James Kendrick, a highly respected copyright lawyer and leader in the wider conversation on new media. Kendrick will be joined by composer Aaron Jay Kernis, a faculty member at the School of Music. The seminar will take place from 11 am to 1 pm on the stage of Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street).

This special workshop will tackle issues associated with website development, as well as legal concerns related to sharing performances and compositions on the internet. Said Associate Dean Michael Yaffe, “Every musician needs to be well versed in these topics, and we are fortunate to have a guest speaker with Mr. Kendrick’s experience joining Professor Kernis for this seminar.”

YSM students are encouraged to participate, and the public can watch the live stream of the seminar HERE.

The Saturday Seminars at the Yale School of Music are dedicated to the topic of career development for musicians. In these workshop sessions, students will have the opportunity to interact with both their peers and experts in the field on a variety of issues related to pursuing careers in music. These seminars will take the form of lively discussions that will explore important questions all student musicians should consider as they look toward the future.

Topic: Navigating New Media and Digital Rights
Led by:  Aaron Jay Kernis and James Kendrick
When: Saturday, March 26th from 11am-1pm
Where: on the stage of Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall

Yale students can register online HERE.

Published March 23, 2011
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