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Composer and alum Katherine Balch joins Yale School of Music faculty

Katherine Balch

Katherine Balch. Photo by Lanz Photography 

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce that composer and School of Music alum Katherine Balch will join the School’s distinguished faculty in July as Visiting Assistant Professor, Adjunct, of Composition. A remarkably accomplished artist, Ms. Balch was awarded the American Academy in Rome’s 2020-2021 Elliott Carter Rome Prize Fellowship in Music Composition and has received honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, and other institutions.

Among those that have commissioned music from Ms. Balch are Albany Symphony, Bravo! Festival Vail, Chamber Music America, Concert Artists Guild, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Music USA, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and Wigmore Hall. 

Ms. Balch has taught composition at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Mannes School of Music at the New School, and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and has delivered lectures at Harvard University, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, the Peabody Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley. She has contributed to journals and magazines, served on juries and boards for the Brooklyn Art Song Society, New York Youth Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, and participated in antiracist and equity working groups at Columbia University.

In addition to her master of music degree from the Yale School of Music, Ms. Balch holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from Tufts University, a bachelor of music degree in composition from New England Conservatory, and master of arts and doctor of musical arts degrees from Columbia University.

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Balch back to the School of Music and Yale.