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Concerto Competition to take place Saturday, April 18

The Yale School of Music presents its annual Concerto Competition on Saturday, April 18. The competition takes place from 9 am to 5 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (corner of College and Wall Street).

Twenty-three Yale School of Music students from different departments will each perform a concerto for a panel of distinguished guest judges. The winners will perform with the Yale Philharmonia in the 2015–2016 season. This year’s competitors include students in piano, strings, winds, brass, guitar, percussion, and voice.

The judges are Steven Tenenbom, violist of the Orion String Quartet; Hugh Murphy, vocal coach and professor at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music; and Edward Carroll, trumpet professor at Dartmouth University. MORE

Published April 17, 2015
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Alumna Polina Nazaykinskaya awarded Soros Fellowship for New Americans

nazaykinskaya_polinaComposer Polina Nazaykinskaya ’10 MM, ’13 AD has been awarded the 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She is one of thirty selected from a wide variety of fields to receive the fellowship, which provides tuition and living expenses for a graduate degree program. Nazaykinskaya is currently pursuing her doctorate in composition at the City University of New York.

The announcement noted that “this outstanding group of New Americans includes researchers, mathematicians, writers, scientists, translors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and future doctors and lawyers.” The fellows hail from more than twenty countries. MORE

Published April 15, 2015
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Yale Philharmonia plays Russian music and more May 1

philharmonia_woolsey3The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert of Russian legends on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 pm. Shinik Hahm  will lead the orchestra in music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Strauss.

A feature of the program is Stravinsky’s ravishing ballet Firebird, in its lesser-heard full version from 1910. The ballet is based on Russian folk tales of the magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner.

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, based on the Shakespeare play, depicts several scenes: Friar Laurence, the Montagues and Capulets fighting in the streets, the popular and recognizable balcony scene, and finally the death of the two lovers. MORE

Published April 14, 2015
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Yale Opera’s spring production May 2–3 offers three operas each performance

opera1The Yale School of Music presents Yale Opera‘s spring production, a triple bill of one-acts, on May 2 and 3 in Morse Recital Hall. Each performance will feature short operas by Giacomo Puccini, Lee Hoiby, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The production features stage direction by Louisa Proske, a graduate of Yale School of Drama and a co-artistic director of Heartbeat Opera. Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin are the musical directors. Doris Yarick Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published April 14, 2015
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40 Under 40 2015 Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw

Crain’s New York Business | By Theresa Agovino

Caroline Shaw hoped only to introduce her work to industry elites when she submitted for a Pulitzer one of the few compositions she had written. Instead, in 2013, at age 30, she became the youngest winner of the award for music, ever.

“I thought the $50 entrance fee was cheaper than taking people out for drinks,” quipped Ms. Shaw, who learned the violin from her mother as a child in North Carolina and later branched out into singing and composing.

She won a Grammy in the best small ensemble category in 2014 as part of the singing group Roomful of Teeth, which recorded her Pulitzer-winning a cappella work, Partita for 8 Voices. The honors led to more prestigious gigs for one of the city’s most sought-after talents, whose credits include performing with the Trinity Wall Street Choir and Paul McCartney.

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Published April 13, 2015
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Zachary Wadsworth ’07 MM to join Williams College faculty

wadsworth-zach-webZachary Wadsworth ’07 MM has accepted a tenure-track job as Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Williams College. The prestigious liberal arts college is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The appointment begins in the fall of 2015.

The 2015–2016 season will include a performance of Wadsworth’s music by the Richmond Symphony and a premiere at the national conference of the American Guild of Organists. In addition, his music will be included on albums by the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble, Luminous Voices, and tenor Dennis Tobenski. MORE

Published April 13, 2015
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Viola alumnus Jacob Adams joins faculty of University of Alabama

jacob-adams-webJacob Adams ’06 MM, ’07 AD has been appointed Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Alabama School of Music in Tuscaloosa. The appointment will begin in the fall of 2015.

In addition, Adams’ article, “What’s in a Name? Ladislav Vycpálek and his Suite for Solo Viola” will be published in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Viola Society.

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Published April 10, 2015
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Andrew Norman named new director of L.A. Phil’s Composer Fellowship Program

Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman

The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced on April 7 that composer Andrew Norman ’09 AD has been named the new Director of the Composer Fellowship Program (CFP). Norman is already actively involved in the application and selection process for the next class of high school-aged Composer Fellows, who will begin the two-year fellowship with the LA Phil in the fall of 2015.

Building on the legacy of CFP Founder Steven Stucky and outgoing/current Program Director James Matheson, Norman will cultivate the talent of young composers through intensive, firsthand experiences, including lessons, reading sessions, lectures, LA Phil concerts and encounters with today’s most notable composers. Additionally, Norman will guide each of the Fellows during the composition process of their new works for orchestra, a process that culminates with each work being premiered in concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. MORE

Published April 10, 2015
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Winners of 2015 Chamber Music Competition announced

spraguechambergroupThe winners of the 2015 Chamber Music Competition have been announced. The winning ensembles will perform on a concert presented by the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music on Tuesday, May 5.

In announcing the winners, Wendy Sharp, the coordinator of chamber music at YSM, noted that the judges “were impressed with the overall high level of playing and great variety of repertoire. When picking the program, we considered not only the performances, but also what might make an interesting concert, the variety of work and instrumentation, and overall length.”

The winners, in program order, are: MORE

Published April 9, 2015
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Enrico Sartori ’05 MM wins position with BBC Scottish Symphony

sartori_enricoEnrico Sartori ’05 MM has won the principal flute position with the BBC Scottish Symphony.

Italian flutist Enrico Sartori maintains an intense concert schedule as a soloist in Europe and the U.S. At the beginning of the 2009 season, Mr. Sartori made his Carnegie Hall debut as a winner of the Artist International Competition. His performance at Weill Recital Hall received an unanimous standing ovation. MORE

Published April 8, 2015
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