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Alumni, current student win Arts and Letters awards

Ted Hearne

Ted Hearne

Three Yale School of Music alumni and one current student have received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Ted Hearne ’08MM ’09MMA ’14DMA received an Arts and Letters Award in Music, which recognizes “outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges composers who have arrived at their own voice,” according to the academy. The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize. Hearne will receive an additional $10,000 to record his music, selections of which will be performed at the academy, in New York City, in spring 2021. 

Timo Andres ’09MM received a Charles Ives Fellowship, and Aaron Israel Levin ’19MM and Nate May ’23DMA each received a Charles Ives Scholarship. Andres will receive $15,000, and Levin and May will each receive $7,500.

The awardees were chosen by a committee of academy members that included YSM alumnus Robert Beaser ’77MM ’81MMA ’86DMA, YSM faculty member Martin Bresnick, YSM alumna Augusta Read Thomas MM, Chen Yi, George Lewis, David Rakowski, and Melissa Wagner. The academy presented awards to 17 composers this year, the organization announced.