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Yale Symposium 2015: Music in the Schools

Polyphonic.org | By Ann Drinan

The Yale School of Music held its fifth Symposium on Music in the Schools on June 5 & 6, 2015 in New Haven to explore the role of music partnerships. A gift from the Yale College class of 1957, the Music in the Schools symposium, held every other year, honors public school music teachers from around the country. Previous symposiums explored music as a child’s birthright; El Sistema programs in America; integrating music in the classroom and the relationship between teaching artists and public school music teachers; and the role of music in school reform.


Associate Dean Michael Yaffe

Associate Dean Michael Yaffe invited Polyphonic to attend the opening day session on June 6th, to which New Haven public music school teachers were also invited.

The Symposium also welcomed representatives from “Distinguished Music Education Partnerships” from across the country[…]. 39 partnership programs participated, 25 (64%) of which involved a partnership with a symphony orchestra or opera company. MORE

Published June 30, 2015
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New Haven Convention Celebrates “The King of Instruments”

newberry-organ-consoleWNPR | By Ray Hardman

Organists from throughout the Northeast will gather in New Haven early next week for the Northeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. Among the many activities planned are a series of free, public concerts featuring “The King of Instruments.”

For organists and fans of the instrument, New Haven is practically a mecca for fine organs and quality organists. Yale University alone boasts five world-class instruments.

“We do have many wonderful instruments in New Haven, a lot of organs in different styles, in academic and church settings, and a lot of music making,” said organist Joseph Ripka, one of the organizers of the AGO event. MORE

Published June 29, 2015
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Clarinetist Bixby Kennedy wins silver medal in Ima Hogg Competition

bixby-kennedyClarinetist Bixby Kennedy ’16 MM took second prize in the Ima Hogg Competition, winning a silver medal, a cash prize, and the opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony. Kennedy will perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra on Saturday June, 27 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

The 2015 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition took place June 4–6 at the Shepherd School of Music on the campus of Rice University. From the ten musicians selected to perform in the semi-finals, four finalists advanced to perform with the Houston Symphony in the final round.

Named to honor the memory of Miss Ima Hogg, a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, the prestigious competition is open to young musicians who play standard orchestral instruments and piano. Since 1976, through the support of the Houston Symphony League, this competition has provided performance opportunities for musicians ages 13 through 30.  MORE

Published June 25, 2015
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League of American Orchestras awards Gold Baton to Anne-Marie Soulliere

Mark Volpe presents the Gold Baton to Anne-Marie Soullière. Photo by Nannette Bedway

Mark Volpe presents the Gold Baton to Anne-Marie Soullière. Photo by Nannette Bedway

Anne-Marie Soullière, a member of the Yale School of Music’s Board of Advisors, was awarded the Gold Baton at the League of American Orchestras’ recent conference.

Soullière is the retired president of Fidelity Foundation. Her relationship with the Yale School of Music began in 1970 with a secretarial job and has grown immensely since then: in addition to serving on the Board of Advisors, she is also a member of the Battell Stoeckel Trust, the fundamental source of support of the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

The Gold Baton, the League’s highest honor, was presented by Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Volpe cited Soullière’s “lifetime of passionate support for music, enlightened leadership of the Fidelity Foundation, and wise, sympathetic counsel to numerous musical leaders.”

Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music, said: “Anne-Marie has been and remains a dynamic advocate for music.  We are most  fortunate to have her wisdom and vision as a charter member of our Board of Advisors.” MORE

Published June 25, 2015
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Young Artists Solo Showcase announces participants, winners

9th-12th grade prize winners and judges

9th-12th grade prize winners and judges

The Music in Schools Initiative proudly announces the participants and winners of the 2015 Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Showcase, which took place May 19–21 from 6 to 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The showcase, a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, offers top-performing young students the chance to perform on the YSM stage in front of their peers, families, and community members, as representatives of their schools. The participants were selected by their school music teachers and perform with accompaniment from a Yale School of Music pianist.

Each of the three age groups performed on a different night: 9th–12th grades on Tuesday, May 19; 7th–8th grades on Wednesday, May 20; and 4th–6th grades on Thursday, May 21. The two younger age groups include students who play percussion, string, brass, and woodwind instruments. The high school level of the Showcase includes voice students as well as instrumentalists.

In addition to representing their schools, the 9th–12th grade students were adjudicated by a panel of local music professionals, and the top performers were awarded prizes, including tickets for their family to attend a Yale School of Music performance.


Published June 24, 2015
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Trombonist Matthew Russo joins UConn faculty, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

russo-mattMatthew Russo ’12 MM will join the University of Connecticut faculty in the 2015–2016 academic year as an instructor of trombone. Russo was also recently appointed principal trombone with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

Russo currently serves on the faculty at The Hartt School Community and Instrumental Studies divisions, where he is director of the Hartt Trombone Ensemble. MORE

Published June 22, 2015
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Henry Kramer to join Smith College faculty

kramer_henry_webPianist Henry Kramer ’13 AD, ’15 MMA was recently appointed the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in piano at Smith College.

Originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Henry Kramer is a budding presence on the concert stage both nationally and internationally. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2014 National Auditions, Mr. Kramer was also a top prizewinner in the 2010 National Chopin Competition, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the 2012 China Shanghai International Piano Competition, as well as the recipient of the Harvard Musical Association’s 2014 Arthur Foote Award. MORE

Published June 22, 2015
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Gunther Schuller Dies at 89; taught at Yale in 1960s

schuller_guntherNew York Times | By Allan Kozinn

Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.

The cause was complications of leukemia, said his personal assistant, Jennique Horrigan.

Mr. Schuller, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral work “Of Reminiscences and Reflections” in 1994, was partial to the 12-tone methods of the Second Viennese School, but he was not inextricably bound to them. Always fascinated by jazz, he wrote arrangements as well as compositions for several jazz artists, most notably the Modern Jazz Quartet. Several of his scores — among them the Concertino (1958) for jazz quartet and orchestra, the “Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee” (1959) and an opera, “The Visitation” (1966) — used aspects of his Third Stream aesthetic, though usually with contemporary classical influences dominating. MORE

Published June 21, 2015
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Pianist Ronaldo Rolim wins third prize in Geza Anda International Competition

ronaldo-rolimPianist Rolando Rolim won both the third prize and the Schumann prize at the Géza Anda International Competition. Rolim is a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Muic, where he studies with Boris Berman.

The competition, founded in memory of Hungarian pianist Géza Anda, is held every three years in Zurich.

About Ronaldo Rolim

Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim is the winner of more than 30 awards in competitions around the globe. Recent accolades include top prizes at the Bösendorfer, San Marino ,and James Mottram International Piano Competitions. Ronaldo has performed extensively in his native Brazil, as well as in the United States, Mexico, South Korea, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria, having played at prestigious venues in four different continents, such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Steinway Hall (London), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea), among others. MORE

Published June 18, 2015
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Community Music School of Springfield, public schools honored by Yale

symposium-jaron-wittenbergMassLive | By Cori Urban | Special to The Republican

Only in its second year, Sonido Musica hit a sweet note as it was honored by Yale University.

A Yale Distinguished Music Education Partnership Award – one of 38 given nationally – was given to The Community Music School of Springfield and the Springfield Public Schools for their Sonido Musica program.

Sonido Musica serves Springfield public middle schools, providing students with free lessons. The first year only string instruments were offered, and the second year teachers introduced band instruments so students could choose strings or band instruments. MORE

Published June 18, 2015
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