Jacob Cooper ’10MMA wins Carlsbad Music Festival Composers Competition

The Carlsbad Music Festival, in partnership with ArtPower@UCSD, announced the selection of Jacob Cooper as the 2011 winner of the annual Carlsbad Music Festival Composers Competition. Cooper

Cooper was selected from a pool of 134 highly-qualified applicants from around the world. The selection panel included the four members of the Calder Quartet and Festival director Matt McBane. The aesthetic of many of Cooper’s compositions comes from his interest in recreating the sound of digitally slowed down music for live ensembles. The result is slow-motion music that the panel found to be unique and emotionally powerful.

As the winner of the competition, Jacob Cooper won a $3,000 co-commission from the Festival and ArtPower@UCSD to write a major new piece for the Calder Quartet. It will be premiered at the 2011 Festival and performed again at The Loft at UCSD on January 27, 2012.

Jacob Cooper commented: “I’m delighted to be the commissioned composer for this year’s festival. I had the opportunity to see the Calders play Christopher Rouse’s new quartet at Zankel Hall recently, and they totally nailed the harrowingly difficult piece. Many of my recent works have included amplification and live processing (through a laptop), and I expect that my Carlsbad piece will continue in this vein. Whatever notes end up on the page, I know they will be in good hands.”


Published July 28, 2011
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Morses visit the Morse Academy

Enid and Lester Morse ’51 today visited the School of Music to attend a concert by students in the Morse Summer Music Academy.

After performances by a clarinet ensemble, a saxophone quintet, and a solo flutist, the audience heard something new: Academy student Jose Meza had written a piece dedicated to the Morses, to thank them for their generosity in founding the program.

Meza, a trumpet player, performed the piece and then presented a framed score to Mr. and Mrs. Morse.

After the concert, students lined up eagerly to meet Mr. and Mrs.  Morse.

Today marked the third day of the 2011 session, and one student performer remarked that she had “already learned so much.”

Founded in 2010, the Morse Summer Music Academy provides free, comprehensive music instruction to New Haven Public School music students. In the intensive, four-week program, each student has a weekly private lesson and takes part in scheduled daily individual practice, ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and master classes. MORE

Published July 27, 2011
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Morse Summer Music Academy begins second season

Today was the first day of school for fifty-one young musicians in the Morse Summer Music Academy. Now in its second year, the Morse Academy at the Yale School of Music offers intensive music instruction for students in grades 5 through 11 in the New Haven Public Schools.

The 2011 Morse Academy runs from July 25 to August 19. For those four weeks, students meet five days a week, at least four hours a day – more music than most have ever done before.

Students who successfully complete the Academy will have musical opportunities throughout the academic year. These opportunities may include master classes, private lessons, and attendance at Yale School of Music performances.

Participants in the Morse Academy are selected not only for their musical accomplishment but for their enthusiasm and ability to commit to an intensive program. They must also have at least a B average in school. The program is open to students in grades 5 through 11 who play woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, or piano.

This year, 51 students are taking part in the program. Last summer, there were 42 students from 10 schools.


Published July 25, 2011
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Garth Neustadter ’12MM nominated for Emmy Award

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce that composer Garth Neustadter ’12MM has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his score for the PBS documentary John Muir in the New World. The score was recorded at Yale with members of the Yale Philharmonia, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and the Linden String Quartet. Neustadter is a student in the School of Music’s composition program, where he studies with Christopher Theofanidis.

In 2007 Neustadter won first prize in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. He was subsequently commissioned by Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. to compose, record and produce the score for the film The White Sister.

Five composers received nominations in the category of Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score): Alf H. Clausen (for “Treehouse Of Horror XXI,” an episode of The Simpsons), Ron Jones (for the “Road To The North Pole” episode of Family Guy), Walter Murphy (for the “And Then There Were Fewer” episode of Family Guy), Garth Neustadter (for the “John Muir In The New World” episode of American Masters), and Jeff Richmond (for the “100” episode of 30 Rock). MORE

Published July 22, 2011
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