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Alumni appear in NYT’s Best Classical Music of 2015 list

David Kaplan | Photo by Samantha West

David Kaplan | Photo by Samantha West

When the classical music team of The New York Times shared its picks for the best performances of the year, several alumni of the Yale School of Music made the list.

Performers include the pianist David Kaplan ’07 MM, ’08 MMA, ’14 DMA, and the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, directed by Brad Wells ’98 MM, ’05 DMA. Among the ensemble’s members are Estelí Gomez ’08 BA, Caroline Shaw ’07 MM, Eric Dudley ’03 MM, ’04 MMA, ’11 DMA, Dashon Burton ’11 MM, and Virginia Warnken ’13 MM.

Composers mentioned include Shaw, Dudley, Missy Mazzoli ’06 MM, and Ted Hearne ’08 MM, ’09 MMA. Below are excerpts from the article. MORE

Published December 10, 2015
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Yale alumni victorious at Grammys


Roomful of Teeth 

On January 26, 2014, several Yale School of Music alumni won Grammy awards. Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM won Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for the James Bond film Skyfall, and Brad Wells ’05DMA and his ensemble Roomful of Teeth won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for their self-titled debut album.

Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble founded and directed by Wells, whose members include alumni Estelí Gomez ’08BA, Caroline Shaw ’07MM, Eric Dudley ’03MM, ’04MMA, ’11DMA, Dashon Burton ’11MM, and Virginia Warnken ’13MM. The group performed at the pre-telecast ceremony; the video is online here, with the ensemble’s performance at about 1:09. MORE

Published January 27, 2014
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Feast of Music: Conversation with Roomful of Teeth’s Brad Wells ’05 DMA

Feast of Music
By Peter Matthews

RoomfulofTeethIt’s been an exciting year for contemporary vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, whose debut album (New Amsterdam) — including Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices — is up for three GRAMMY Awards this month, including Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. I had the chance to sit down a couple of weeks ago with Roomful of Teeth’s Founder and Director, Brad Wells, to talk about the group’s working methods and influences and why they’re not “a &$%ing choir!” (Note: Roomful of Teeth will be performing as part of the upcoming Winter Jazzfest at Judson Memorial Church next Friday, January 10 at 945 p.m. Tickets and info here.)

On Starting Roomful of Teeth: There were these hard lines that had been drawn between classical voice pedagogy and everything else. The mentality was: keep everything else out, because everything else is an inferior use of the voice. But, thinking about how long people have been using their voice in different parts of the world, how could those other techniques be wrong?  MORE

Published January 6, 2014
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