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Dominick DiOrio ’12 DMA receives Ann Stookey Grant for new choral music

Dominick DiOrioOn February 2, 2014, Dominick DiOrio ’12 DMA was awarded an inaugural grant from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music. DiOrio, the assistant professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will use the grant to compose a new work for NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.

Ann Stookey was a devoted choral singer and advocated for new music before her death in 2012. The fund, established in her name, supports the commissioning, performing, and recording of new musical works, with a particular focus on choral music. In its first year, the fund awarded grants totaling $36,400 to underwrite the commissioning of new music by five choral organizations. MORE

Published February 24, 2014
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[ music in schools ]

Morse Summer Music Academy 2013 students perform winter concert

IMG_7841 (1)On Friday, Jan 31, New Haven Public School students, their families, and YSM Teaching Artists from the 2013 Morse Summer Music Academy reunited on the Yale campus for a concert and workshop. Also in attendance were the benefactors of the program, Mrs. and Mr. Lester Morse ’51 BA, who were very happy to see the students’ continued work.

The concert, formatted much like the semiweekly Morse Academy concerts, featured students giving a brief speech about their selection before playing, and receiving a short onstage coaching by a teaching artist afterward. Ensemble performances included a flute trio, a clarinet quartet, a brass quintet, and a string quartet. The four high school seniors attending — Katherine Roque, Jocelyn Hernandez, Jesus Cortes, and Richard Romero, who have all been in MISI programs for many years and are now applying to college Music Education programs — also gave moving solo performances, as well as updates on their college applications. MORE

Published February 24, 2014
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New Haven Independent: Underperformed No More

cantataprofanaNew Haven Independent
By Lucy Gellman

As mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen launched fearlessly into “Malorous qu’o uno fenno” (wretched is he who has a wife), a grin that fell just short of laughter spread from her face to her bare feet, rooted firmly in the floor.

Behind her, members of Cantata Profana joined the arrangement, swinging and swaying wildly to the words as if their instruments were mere – and necessary – extensions of their bodies. MORE

Published February 24, 2014
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