[ students & alumni ]

Faculty, Alumni, and Students Receive NEA Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced the recipients of their Art Works Grants for 2016, and several faculty, alumni, and student composers are among the awardees. The organization awarded $27 million for arts projects across the United States, and the first round of FY 2016 funding inaugurates the next 50 Years of National Endowment for the Arts Support.

The NEA defines “Art Works” as referring to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them. MORE

Published March 1, 2016
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[ staff + faculty ]

Gene Kimball retires after 45 years as Recording Engineer at YSM

Gene Kimball in the Fred Plaut Recording Studio. Photo by Peter Hvizdak, New Haven Register

Gene Kimball in the Fred Plaut Recording Studio. Photo by Peter Hvizdak, New Haven Register

By Scott Switzer ’10 MM, ’12 MMA

“Stand by.” Eugene Kimball’s voice booms from the talkback speaker hanging from the ceiling of Sprague Hall. A Yale student waits, instrument in hand, while the blue-line bus rumbles as it takes off from its stop at College and Wall. Silence returns to the hall. “Take five.” The session resumes. While the performer plays their Mozart concerto, trying to remember what their teacher said in the studio, the machines record, and Gene listens.

Gene knew what he was listening for; it wasn’t just wrong notes or rhythms. Some call it “the sound.” Perhaps it was something learned from his mentor and predecessor, Fred Plaut. Maybe it was from his time working the soundboard at Yale School of Drama, where he studied. Or perhaps it was something he developed over his 45 years working at the School of Music. Though “the sound” is something intangible, Gene had it. More importantly, he knew how to teach someone to achieve it. MORE

Published March 1, 2016
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Markus Rathey publishes book on Bach’s major vocal works

Markus RatheyYSM Associate Professor of Music History and renowned Bach scholar Markus Rathey has published a new book via Yale University Press, focusing on Johann Sebastian Bach’s major vocal works. Titled Bach’s Major Vocal Works: Music, Drama, Liturgy, the book provides an introduction to the music and cultural contexts of the composer’s most beloved masterpieces, including the Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, and St. John Passion.

In addition to providing historical information, each chapter highlights significant aspects — such as the theology of love — of a particular piece. This volume is the first to treat the vocal works as a whole, showing how the compositions were embedded in their original performative context within the liturgy as well as discussing Bach’s musical style, from the detailed level of individual movements to the overarching aspects of each work.

To purchase and read more about the book, visit the book’s page on Yale University Press’s website.

Published March 1, 2016
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