YSM alumni take home Grammys

Michael Daugherty. Photo by Grant Leighton

Michael Daugherty. Photo by Grant Leighton

Yale School of Music alumnus Michael Daugherty ’82MMA ’87DMA received three 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, for his Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra, which was recorded by cellist Zuill Bailey and the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. The piece won in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and Best Classical Compendium categories.

Tales of Hemingway was commissioned and premiered by Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, whose live recording of that performance was released on an album with Daugherty’s American Gothic and a 2015 revision of his Once Upon a Castle, a work for organ and orchestra whose solo part was performed by YSM alumnus Paul Jacobs ’02MM. Guerrero recently conducted the Yale Philharmonia in a program that included Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Shostakovich Symphony No. 10.

Percussionist David Skidmore ’08MM earned a 2017 Grammy as a member of Third Coast Percussion, whose recording of works by Steve Reich won in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category. MORE

Published February 13, 2017
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International voices, raised in song this week at Yale Choral Fest

New Haven Register | By Joe Amarante

Entrevoces of Cuba

NEW HAVEN >> You may not be born a fan of choruses, but you should acquire the musical taste after you’ve heard enough of them.

And the Elm City will present that opportunity with five days in choral heaven starting Tuesday, when Yale’s International Choral Festival rolls out nightly as a side offering of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

All events are at lovely Morse Recital Hall in Yale’s Sprague Hall on College Street, except for Saturday’s grand finale (see below). Tickets to all shows are $45 in advance, $50 day of the show (but the Saturday event is free). MORE

Published June 17, 2015
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Choirs from around the world to converge at Yale June 16–20

Via YaleNews | By Bess Connolly Martell


A group photo of all of the visiting choirs from the first Yale International Choral Festival held in 2012

The second Yale International Choral Festival — an event produced in collaboration with the Yale School of Music, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and the Yale Alumni Chorus — will take place June 16–20.

Hosted by the Yale Glee Club, the festival will feature renowned choirs from around the world who will gather for five days of singing, learning, and exploring the connections that choral music fosters between people. Each evening there will be a formal concert in Yale’s Sprague Hall, and each day will be filled with lectures, workshops, and master classes led by visiting conductors and Yale faculty, including the first Eric Ericson International Choral Centre Conducting 21C master class offered outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

Ensembles in this year’s festival will include Sweden’s Voces Nordicae, Cuba’s Entrevoces, the National University of Singapore Choir, and the Jerusalem Youth Chorus, along with the Yale Choral Artists and the Yale Alumni Chorus. MORE

Published June 2, 2015
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Richard Gard to conduct at Carnegie Hall June 29

Richard Gard

Richard Gard

The new Center for Music and Liturgy, part of Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale, will hold an inaugural choral celebration at Carnegie Hall on June 29 at 7:30 pm. YSM faculty member Richard Gard, the director of the Center for Music and Liturgy, will conduct the combined choirs, along with Stephen Layton.

The concert features 400 voices with orchestra performing sacred works and new liturgical music. Featured choirs include the Choir of Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale as well as the Tapiola Chamber Choir (Finland), Oslo Chamber Choir (Norway), Sidney-Sussex Choir (Cambridge University), and National Children’s Choir (United States).

The program features the world premiere of the Mass of the Divine Shepherd by Yale alumnus Julian Revie ’02 B.S., as well as the U.S. premiere of Ørjan Matre’s Halleluja, var strid er endt. MORE

Published May 13, 2015
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Yale Choral Artists sing Brahms February 9

Updated Feb. 9, 2013: This concert has been cancelled because of the blizzard. We hope we will be able to reschedule. Please check our website for updates.

The Yale Glee Club and the Yale School of Music present a concert by the Yale Choral Artists on Saturday, February 9, at 8 pm.

Jeffrey Douma will conduct the performance, which will also feature the pianists Robert Blocker and Melvin Chen.

The concert features choral music of Johannes Brahms, including Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz (Op. 29, No. 2); Warum ist das Licht gegeben (Op. 74, No. 1); Nänie (Op. 82, piano four-hands version); and the Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street.

Paul Berry, Assistant Professor of Music History and a noted Brahms scholar, will give a pre-concert lecture in Sudler Hall (adjacent to Sprague Hall) at 7 pm.

The Yale Choral Artists is a professional choir recently founded by the Yale School of Music and the Yale Glee Club to enhance and enrich Yale’s strong commitment to the choral arts. The choir is a project-based ensemble comprised of leading singers from around the country. Current members of the Choral Artists also perform in the ranks of such acclaimed ensembles as the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Chanticleer, the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Voices of Ascension, Conspirare, and many others, and are also leading concert soloists, particularly in the area of early music. MORE

Published January 25, 2013
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Yale hosts international festival of choirs

Manado State University Choir

Renowned choirs from four continents will come together on the Yale campus June 19–23 for the first Yale International Choral Festival: five days of singing, learning, and celebrating the transcendent power of choral music to connect and inspire people from all cultures and all walks of life. Participating ensembles include the Central Conservatory of Music Chorus, Beijing; the Cambridge University Consort of Voices, UK; Manado State University Choir, Indonesia; the Imilonji Kantu Choral Society, South Africa; and two Yale choral groups: the renowned Yale Alumni Chorus and the newly formed professional ensemble Yale Choral Artists.

Each evening will feature a formal concert in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St.) by individual choirs, and each day will be filled with lectures, workshops, and master classes led by visiting conductors, guests, and Yale faculty.

Imilonji Kantu Choral Society

Sponsored by the Yale Glee Club (Jeffrey Douma, director), the Yale School of Music, and the Yale Alumni Chorus, the event is part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, which takes place in New Haven June 16–30. MORE

Published May 25, 2012
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Announcing a new ensemble, Yale Choral Artists

Jeffrey Douma, director

The Yale School of Music and the Yale Glee Club are pleased to announce the organization of a new professional choral ensemble, the Yale Choral Artists. The Yale Choral Artists will be a project-based ensemble comprised of leading professional singers from around the country and will be directed by School of Music faculty member Jeffrey Douma.

Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music, said that “the Yale Choral Artists will enhance and enrich the School’s commitment to the choral arts. Gifted singers from throughout the nation will not only bring a new artistic voice to our concert programs but also mentor Yale undergraduate and graduate students.”

Since 2003, Jeffrey Douma has directed the undergraduate Yale Glee Club, which last season received rave reviews in the national press. The New York Times called it “One of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous,” and the Washington Post praised, “Under the direction of Jeffrey Douma, the sopranos – indeed, all the voices – sang as one voice, with flawless intonation.” Douma, who is also the musical director of the Yale Alumni Chorus and the choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, has previously served on the conducting faculties of Carroll College, Smith College, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Blocker commented, “I am delighted that Jeffrey Douma, Yale’s distinguished young choral conductor, will conduct and give artistic direction to the Yale Choral Artists. Jeff’s artistic presence is receiving international acclaim, and the professional activities of the Yale Choral Artists will further the international partnerships of both the School and the University.”

The ensemble’s first two projects, both in 2012, include a February program with guest conductor and renowned early music specialist William Christie in New York (Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall), and a June program of contemporary American music at the Yale International Choral Festival. MORE

Published August 26, 2011
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Yale to host National Collegiate Choral Organization conference


Yale University will host the third National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) conference on November 5-7, 2009. The event will feature a broad variety of activities: concerts by Yale and visiting choirs, open rehearsals, lectures, panel discussions, and meetings of national officers and board members. One of of the weekend’s featured events will be the East Coast premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’s new choral symphony, the Symphony of Meditations, on Friday, November 6. Kernis himself will conduct the performance, which will bring together the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Camerata, Yale Glee Club, and Yale Schola Cantorum. The concert will take place in Woolsey Hall at 8 pm; click here for more details.

Visiting choirs include the Vassar College Women’s Chorus (Christine Howlett, conductor), Centenary College Camerata (Julia Thorn, conductor), the Colorado State University Chamber Choir (James Kim, conductor), Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chorus (James Tearing, conductor), SUNY Oneonta Chamber Singers (Timothy Newton, conductor), the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (Jameson Marvin, conductor), the Smith College Glee Club (Jonathan Hirsh, conductor), the University of Maryland Chamber Singers (Edward Maclary, conductor), Mansfield University Concert Choir (Peggy Tettwiler, conductor), the University of  Missouri University Singers (R. Paul Graham, conductor), Utah State University Chamber Singesr (Cory Evans, conductor), and the California State University Long Beach Chamber Choir (Jonathan Talberg, conductor).

The NCCO is an organization serving college and university choral conductors. It held its first conference in 2006 in San Antonio, and the second conference took place in 2008 at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. With a membership of over 400, the organization’s mission is to address the specific needs of college and university choral musicians. Click here for a conference schedule, or visit the NCCO’s website.

Published October 22, 2009
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Yale Announces Appointment of Conductor Masaaki Suzuki

Maasaki SuzukiThe Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music are pleased to announce the joint appointment of eminent Bach scholar and conductor Masaaki Suzuki as Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting and conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum, the University’s renowned chamber choir. The two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2009.

Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of J.S. Bach. He has remained the Collegium’s music director ever since, taking the group regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the United States and building up an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement of his performances. In addition to conducting, Suzuki is also acclaimed as an organist and harpsichordist.

He is regularly invited to work with distinguished European soloists and groups, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and the Freiburger Barockorchester; he recently appeared in London with the Britten Sinfonia in a program of Britten, Mozart and Stravinsky. Forthcoming engagements with other ensembles include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Nagoya Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2001 Suzuki was decorated with the Federal Order of Merit from Germany.

Suzuki’s impressive discography on the BIS label includes his interpretations with Bach Collegium Japan of Bach’s major choral works and sacred cantatas. He has now completed 40 volumes. MORE

Published March 10, 2009
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