YSM Alumni News | May 2018

Pianist Tanya Bannister CERT was named president of the Concert Artists Guild. She succeeds Richard S. Weinert, who plans to retire in June after 18 years at the organization.

Violinist Qi Cao ’10MM won a position with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and will join the ensemble in September 2018. Cao has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for five years.

The Jasper String Quartet. Photo by Dario Acosta

The Jasper String Quartet, which includes violinists John Freivogel ’10AD and Sae Chonabayashi, violist Sam Quintal ’10AD, and cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel ’10AD, had their album Unbound named one of The New York Times’ “Top 25 Classical Albums of 2017.” The recording includes works by YSM alumni Judd Greenstein ’04MM, Caroline Shaw ’07MM, Missy Mazzoli ’06MM, Ted Hearne ’08MM ’09MMA ’14DMA, and David Lang ’83MMA ’89DMA and was released on the Sono Luminus and New Amsterdam labels.

Composers Michael Gilbertson ’13MM ’21DMA and Ted Hearne ’08MM ’09MMA ’14DMA were named co-finalists for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Gilbertson was nominated for his work Quartet, which was commissioned by the Verona Quartet, Concert Artists Guild, and BMI Foundation, and Hearne was nominated for his work Sound from the Bench, which was commissioned by Volti and The Crossing.

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Darren Hicks ’14MM was appointed associate principal bassoonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Hicks has been a fellow at the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, Fla., for the past three years.

Alumna Molly Joyce ’17MM and incoming students Alexis C. Lamb ’20MM and Peter Shin ’20MMA received ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

Violinist Dennis Kim ’98MM was named concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, Calif. Kim has served as concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015.

Composers Yoshiaki Onishi ’07MM ’08AD and Carl Schimmel ’99MM were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for music composition.

Two alumni received awards from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn ’02MM ’03AD received the Richard Tucker Award, and bass David Leigh ’14MM received a Sara Tucker Study Grant.

Published May 9, 2018
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Clarinetist Igal Levin joins Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra

Igal Levin

Igal Levin

Igal Levin ’13MM has been appointed principal clarinetist of the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra by new music director and acclaimed trombonist Christian Lindberg. Levin previously served as principal clarinetist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, and Racine Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin.

Levin has performed as a guest with numerous orchestras around the world including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Shanghai Oriental Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra, Lübeck Opera, Kiel Opera, Israel Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Opera, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. His appearances have taken him to such celebrated venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Berlin Philharmonie, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and Carnegie Hall.

Levin studied with Yitzhak Catap at the Israeli Music Conservatory where he graduated with honors. He earned a General Artistic Training Diploma from the Musikhochschule Lübeck in Germany and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and studied at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. His teachers have included Sabine Meyer, David Shifrin, Reiner Wehle, Steve Cohen, and J. Lawrie Bloom.

Published July 13, 2016
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Victor Wang to join Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as principal flute

Victor Wang

Victor Wang

Victor Wang ’14 BS ’15 MM has won the position of principal flute in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. His appointment will begin in the fall of 2016.

Originally from Rochester, NY, Victor recently completed a year as an inaugural member of The Orchestra Now, a new training orchestra that performs at Bard College and around New York City. Victor is an alumnus of Yale College, where he earned a Bachelor of Sciences in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, as well as the Yale School of Music, where he graduated with a Master of Music in flute performance.


Published June 28, 2016
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Domenic Salerni joins Dalí Quartet and wins silver in the M-Prize Competition


Domenic Salerni

Domenic Salerni ’11 MM has been appointed first violinist of the Dalí Quartet, an ensemble that is known particularly for its excellence in Latin-American repertoire.

Furthermore, as a part of the septet Foundry, Salerni and YSM alumni Ian Rosenbaum ’10 MM ’11 AD, Andy Akiho ’11 MM, and Samuel Suggs ’14 MM, won second prize in the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition in the open division. Foundry is an ensemble that crosses and transcends genres, innovating new sounds through the synthesis of contemporary classical techniques and jazz, reggae, Caribbean, and Soca.  The M-Prize Competition (through the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance) awarded Foundry $7000.


Published June 28, 2016
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Ransom Wilson appointed Music Director & Conductor of Redlands Symphony

ransom_wilson_cond-_1The Redlands Symphony announces the appointment of Yale School of Music faculty Ransom Wilson today as music director and conductor. Dave Maupin, chair of the Symphony Board of Directors, remarked on Mr. Wilson’s appointment with great enthusiasm: “We could not be happier to welcome Ransom to Redlands. We are absolutely confident that he will elevate our wonderful orchestra to even greater heights as he takes the podium and shapes our artistic programming for years to come.”

In his first season at the Symphony, Mr. Wilson will be featuring many works and artists new to the region, while continuing the traditions of the Symphony, such as its special relationship with the works of Mozart. The newly appointed conductor will lead the orchestra for the first time on October 8 in a concert featuring works by Czech composers; Smetana, Martinů, and Dvořák.

“I have been impressed and deeply moved by this community: a city full of people who care about each other, give freely of themselves, and take pride in their beautiful place,” said Mr. Wilson. “The Redlands Symphony has had a long and successful life in the loving hands of Maestro Jon Robertson, and it is a great honor for me to accept the baton from him.”


Published June 4, 2016
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Alumnus Mingzhe Wang appointed to Michigan State University faculty


Mingzhe Wang

Clarinet alumnus Mingzhe Wang ’03 MM ’06 MMA ’12 DMA has been appointed Associate Professor of Clarinet in the College of Music at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Wang will join the faculty at MSU in August 2016.


About Mingzhe Wang

Clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, native of Wuhan, China, first studied clarinet at the age of 9. His first public performance was at the age of 10 and by age 11 he was admitted to the Wuhan Conservatory and subsequently the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1997, Mr. Wang came to the US to study at the Harid Conservatory of Music at Lynn University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2001. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he also obtained his Masters degree and Artist Diploma. MORE

Published April 28, 2016
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Vadim Serebryany to join Ithaca College faculty


Vadim Serebryany

Vadim Serebryany ’00 MMA ’06 DMA has been appointed Assistant Professor of Piano in the School of Music at Ithaca College. Serebryany will join fellow YSM alumnus and pianist Dmitry Novgorodsky, who joined Ithaca’s faculty in April 2015. MORE

Published March 12, 2016
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Eric Dudley appointed music director of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra

eric-dudleyThe San Francisco Conservatory of Music has announced the appointment of Eric Dudley ’93 MM, ’04 MMA, ’11 DMA as music director of the SFCM Orchestra for the 2016–17 academic year. Dudley is a Grammy Award-winning musician and conductor.

SFCM Provost and Dean Kate Sheeran said in a statement, “I know our orchestra and our entire community will benefit from Eric’s experience, artistry and joy.” MORE

Published February 17, 2016
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Flutist Meera Gudipati ’17 MM joins New Haven Symphony Orchestra

meera-gudipatiMeera Gudipati ’17 MM has won the position of Principal Flute in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

Gudipati recently started her studies at the Yale School of Music as a first-year Master of Music student, and is studying with Ransom Wilson. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., she attended the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, and received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. MORE

Published September 24, 2015
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