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Woolsey Hall Competition April 16 showcases promising graduate musicians

March 31, 2011

Singers and instrumentalists selected in preliminary rounds to compete

The Yale School of Music presents the annual Woolsey Hall Competition on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Despite its name, the competition will take place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven). The competition, which runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch, features both instrumentalists and vocalists. Competitors are selected by Yale School of Music faculty in preliminary rounds.

Violinist Ji-Yun Han, a past winner of the Woolsey Competition, performs with the Yale Philharmonia in Woolsey Hall.

Each musician will perform for approximately ten minutes before a panel of distinguished judges. The three winners will appear as soloists with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale next season. This annual event is one of only two competitions at the Yale School of Music; the other is open to chamber music ensembles and offers the chance to perform on the School’s chamber music concert series.

The three guest judges for this year’s Woolsey Competition are Sharon Yamada, David Ohanian, and André-Michel Schub. Yamada, a graduate of both Yale College and the Yale School of Music, is a violinist with the prestigious New York Philharmonic. David Ohanian has played French horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Empire Brass, and Canadian Brass, and currently teaches at the Boston Conservatory. Pianist André-Michel Schub performed at Yale earlier this season as part of the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio. A past winner of the Naumburg Competition, the Van Cliburn Competition, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Schub teaches at the Manhattan School of Music.

Admission to the Woolsey Competition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call the Office of Concerts and Media at 203 432-4158.