alumniVentures Winners

[ award winners ]


$10,000 Grants

Lars Frandsen ’92MM, Guitar
To support presentations of the Prison Concert Project. Mr. Frandsen will present performances and masterclasses in 20 state prisons and rehabilitation facilities throughout the states of California and New York, present workshops for inmates who are guitarists, and coach prison bands for performances

Mildred C. Rosner ’56BM, Cello
Margot D. Schwartz ’07MM, Violin
To support Summer Music Berkeley (SMB), a year-round program for string players at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, CA. The award will provide additional scholarships to low-income, diverse string instrumental students who would otherwise not be able to participate. In addition, SMB will use grant money to acquire several string instruments for loan to students.

Terri Sundberg ’86MM, Flute
To support her work with “Peace Through Music Uganda” and the Shropshire Foundation to work to improve the quality of life for war-affected children and teach tolerance and non-violence through music education and performance programs.

$7,500 Grant

Dennis Michel ’77MM, Bassoon
To support the Chamber Music Professional Development Program, a fellowship program undertaken by The Chicago Chamber Musicians to nurture the development and viability of the next generation of American chamber ensembles.

$7,250 Grants

Pedro de Alcantara ’83MM, Cello
To support the production of video clips which will supplement his latest book, The Integrated Musician (Oxford University Press)

Andrew Shenton ’93MM, Organ
To support the development of a course and publication of a textbook entitled Music in World Religions

$5,000 Grants

Mark Bergman ’97MM, Bass
Nancy Jin ’02MM, Violin
To support “Music for All,” their Washington, DC-based educational outreach programs in Virginia, Maryland, and DC with their string trio, Virginia Virtuosi

Anna Brathwaite ’03MM, Violin
To support the music curriculum and outreach at the Achievement First Crown Heights Charter Middle School in Brooklyn, NY (of which Ms. Brathwaite was a founder). The grant will help bring private teachers to her school and will facilitate class trips to music events in Manhattan.

Arthur Bloom ’94MMA, Composition
To support further development of Musicorps, a music program in which injured soldiers use a specially assembled computer-based workstation along with traditional instruments to collaborate with visiting artists and compose and record their own music.

Jane Chung ’99MM, Violin
To support the creation of a substantive body of collaborative, multi-media works with noted choreographers, and for the presentation of the works with two important dance companies in the Northeast.

Julia Cunningham ’99MM, Harp
To support the purchase of Celtic therapy harps to use in her work as a healing volunteer at several Los Angeles hospitals, where she uses the healing power of music to serve the sick and dying.

Jonathan Dimmock ’83MM, Organ
To support Artists’ Vocal Ensemble, a high-quality professional vocal ensemble in San Francis co, CA which links its concerts with social causes.

Thomas (T.J.) Flippin ’07MM, Guitar
To support “Duo Noire” (with current YSM guitar student Christopher Mallett) to perform and lecture in neighborhoods with high-minority and low-income demographics in the Northeast.

Tina Lee Hadari ’04MM, Violin
Michelle Lee ’03MM, Violin
To support the educational workshops of “Music Haven”, a nonprofit organization that builds long-term learning and mentoring relationships between professional musicians and at-risk youth in the four most underserved neighborhoods of New Haven.

Vanessa Reynolds ’04MM, Bassoon
To support a performance component to the music curriculum at the Brooklyn Friends Preschool, in Brooklyn, NY. This is an experimental program which seeks to introduce the instruments of the orchestra to preschool-aged children.

$3,000 Grants

Joseph Rubenstein ’01DMA, Composition
To support “Keys to the Future,” a non-profit organization that presents contemporary piano music in annual multi-day festivals and individual concerts in New York City.