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Two YSM alumni are among Copland House’s CULTIVATE Fellows for 2015

nazaykinskaya_polinaCopland House recently announced the fellows chosen to participate this June in CULTIVATE, its acclaimed, annual emerging composers institute. Two YSM alumni are among the six composers selected: Michael Gilbertson and Polina Nazaykinskaya. They were chosen out of nearly 85 applicants from 25 states by a distinguished composer panel comprised of CULTIVATE director Derek Bermel; BBC Masterprize winner Pierre Jalbert, a two-time Copland House resident; and Fulbright Scholar Dalit Warshaw.

CULTIVATE, an all-scholarship intensive creative workshop and mentoring program, will take place June 1–7 in northern Westchester County, N.Y., at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in Cortlandt Manor and at the Merestead estate in nearby Mount Kisco. Launched in 2012, it has quickly become a coveted destination for highly gifted composers on the threshold of their professional careers. MORE

Published May 15, 2015
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Boston Globe: Antico Moderno focuses on fresh sounds for period instruments

antico-moderno-webBoston Globe | By David Weininger
May 15, 2015

Jacques Wood’s eureka moment came when he was a graduate student at Yale. Having completed the academic portion of his doctoral studies in cello performance, Wood in 2010 began an immersion in early music practice with Robert Mealy, one of the country’s prominent historical-string players. For many musicians trained on modern instruments, the first serious encounter with instruments of the past can be such a bombshell that they end up pursuing early music with a convert’s zeal.

For Wood, the experience brought a different insight no less revelatory. “My initial reaction was that playing early music for the first time felt a lot like playing new music for the first time,” he said in a recent conversation at a Harvard Square cafe. “It’s the same feeling, where there’s no tradition attached to it. You’re looking at it for the first time.” MORE

Published May 15, 2015
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Percussion alumni win orchestra, faculty appointments

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Ji Hye Jung

Ji Hye Jung ’09 MM was appointed Associate Professor of Percussion at Vanderbilt University. For the past six years, she has been Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas.

That newly open position at the University of Kansas will be filled by Michael Compitello ’09MM, ’12MMA, who has been serving as Director of Percussion at Cornell University.

Mike Compitello | photo by Matt Fried

Mike Compitello | photo by Matt Fried

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Georgi Videnov

In addition, Georgi Videnov ’15 MM was recently appointed Assistant Timpanist and Percussionist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for the 2015–2016 season. MORE

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