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Yale School of Music alumni receive Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Garth Neustadter '12MM

Garth Neustadter ’12MM

On March 31, 2014, the ASCAP Foundation announced the recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The program grants monetary awards to composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected by a national jury.

Yale School of Music alumni and students Christopher Cerrone ’09MM, ’10MMA; Garth Neustadter ’12MM; Brendon Randall-Myers ’14MM; and Daniel Schlosberg ’10BA, ’13MM, ’14MMA received awards. They were among 27 composers selected from nearly 630 submissions. MORE

Published April 16, 2014
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YSM alumni receive grants from New Music USA


On February 24, 2014, New Music USA awarded $337,000 to sixty musical projects, six of which involve YSM alumni. New Music USA is dedicated to public advocacy for new music.

The 2013 Grammy award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth, an avant-garde vocal octet, blends all forms of non-Western singing techniques to create a unique 21st-century classical music sound. The ensemble’s first album was lauded as “fiercely beautiful, and bravely, utterly exposed” (NPR) and “the future of vocal music” (WQXR). The ensemble will use the grant to take on two new commissions featuring Sufi and Persian singing and to record a second album.

Yale faculty composer David Lang received a grant for his piece love fail, written for the vocal quartet Anonymous 4. MORE

Published March 4, 2014
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L.A. Philharmonic 2014–15 season includes Dessner, Cerrone works

Esa-Pekka SalonenLos Angeles Times
By Reed Johnson

The musical lineup will be characteristically ambitious and wide-ranging throughout the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2014-15 season, which is being announced Tuesday. And Walt Disney Concert Hall audiences will find increasing amounts of stimuli for the eyes as well as the ears.

The season will mix standard repertoire, works by contemporary masters and freshly minted pieces by emerging composers such as Bryce Dessner, best known as a guitarist for the band the National, and Christopher Cerrone, whose opera “Invisible Cities” was produced last fall at Union Station by the Industry. Altogether it will yield 10 commissions, eight world premieres and five U.S. premieres. The complete schedule is at laphil.com.


Published February 11, 2014
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Dec. 19th recital features music by Christopher Cerrone


The Yale School of Music presents music by composer Christopher Cerrone in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8 pm. The concert will feature performances by numerous YSM alumni including vocalist Mellissa Hughes, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and pianist Timothy Andres.

Cerrone, singled out as “the program’s highlight” by The New York Times, is a Brooklyn-based composer whose works range from chamber music, orchestral works, and fully staged operas to multimedia projects, ambient electronic works, and collaborations with visual artists. His first opera, Invisible Cities, based on Italo Calvino’s classic novel, has received rave reviews and completely sold out its 19 performances at Los Angeles’ Union Station.


Published December 11, 2013
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Invisible Cities, the Wandering Opera Through Union Station, Is a Welcome Adventure

cerroneBy Christian Hertzog
LA Weekly Blogs

“It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.”

This aphorism appears on the cover of the program to Christopher Cerrone‘s opera Invisible Cities. Yet in the Industry’s fascinating production at Union Station, it is not the ear shaping the story, but rather the eye.

Usually in opera, the blocking and lighting focus the audience’s attention on the characters and actions that the director feels are most important. In Yuval Sharon’s site-specific production, each audience member must choose where in Union Station to observe the opera and what characters or dancers to follow. MORE

Published October 30, 2013
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Sleeping Giant Composers Collective receives Music Alive residency

The Sleeping Giant Composers Collective, which formed at the Yale School of Music, was selected to participate in the Music Alive program. The members of the collective, all YSM alumni, are Timothy Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman. Their residency with the Albany Sympony

Five orchestras in five states were selected to participate in the 2013–14 Music Alive program, including the Albany Symphony. The residency will bring in the Sleeping Giant Collective, which consists of six YSM alumni composers: Timothy Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman. MORE

Published June 14, 2013
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Premiere of new opera by alum Chris Cerrone ’10MMA

line drawing of christopher cerrone

drawing by Timothy Andres

Red Light New Music recently announced the world-premiere, fully staged production of Invisible Cities, an opera by Yale School of Music graduate Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA. These performances, on May 13 and 14, 2011, are the first staged operatic adaptation of Italo Calvino’s novel. Invisible Cities is produced in collaboration with the Italian Academy at Columbia University.

Christopher Cerrone , a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Yale School of Music, is the winner of a 2011 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2010 Boston Metro Opera Concert Award, and 2011 and 2010 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, among other notable prizes. Cerrone was strongly drawn to Calvino’s novel by its exploration of the ideas of self, time, environment and longing, through the richly imagined relationship of Kublai Khan and Marco Polo: “Calvino’s Invisible Cities first appealed to me because of its visceral language and its unique structure, half novel, half short story collection. I was deeply inspired by the idea of creating a work inspired by these vivid and varied snapshots of cities, life and longing.”

The Invisible Cities production team includes director Louisa Proske ’11 MFA (Yale School of Drama), music director Ted Hearne ’09MMA, video artist Laura Grey ’10MFA (School of Art), set designer Johanne Ekhougen, lighting designer Bruce Steinberg, costume designer Mark Nagle ’12MFA (School of Drama), and dramaturgy by Christiana Little. The cast also includes YSM alumni: Joshua Copeland ’08AD as Kublai Khan, James Benjamin Rodgers as Marco Polo, Mellissa Hughes ’06MM and Rachel Calloway, and the Ekmeles vocal ensemble led by Jeffrey Gavett. The performing ensemble, Red Light New Music, is a critically acclaimed New York-based composers collective/concert series/new music band, of which Cerrone is an artistic director and co-founder. MORE

Published May 11, 2011
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Four YSM composers among award recipients from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Jay Wadley

The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently announced the recipients of this year’s awards in music. Among the fifteen recipients of the five different awards were four current and past students of the Yale School of Music.

Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives’ music, which has enabled the Academy to give the Ives awards in music since 1970.  Two Charles Ives Fellowships, of $15,000 each, will be awarded to Dan Visconti and Jay Wadley ’07MM, ’08AD.

Six Charles Ives Scholarships of $7500, given to composition students of great promise, will be awarded to Christopher Cerrone ’09MM, ’10MMA and Hannah Lash ’12AD, as well as Louis Chiappetta, Michael Ippolito, Bryan Jacobs, and Alex Mincek.

The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Ezra Laderman (chairman), David Del Tredici, Fred Lerdahl, Bernard Rands, Steven Stucky, and Yehudi Wyner. Rands and Wyner are both alumni of the Yale School of Music.

The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual ceremony in May. Candidates for the music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.


Published February 18, 2011
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Yale in New York opens season at (Le) Poisson Rouge

“The Yale School of Music has established a formidable presence with its Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall these last three seasons, mainly by presenting inventive programs of mostly new or unusual works.”
— Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 2/10/10

On Monday, October 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm, the adventurous Yale in New York series opens its fourth season with Sleeping Giant at (Le) Poisson Rouge, the celebrated music club in Greenwich Village (158 Bleecker Street between Thompson St. and Sullivan St.). Sleeping Giant is a group of young composers, all Yale School of Music graduates:
Timo AndresTed HearneJacob CooperChristopher CerroneRobert Honstein

The composers’ works have appeared in clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S. and Europe, with performances by ensembles ranging from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra to New York City Opera and the JACK Quartet.

Sleeping Giant presents music that prizes vitality over a rigid aesthetic. Its fall showcase at LPR features a healthy variety of music from its composers. The world premiere of Jacob Cooper’s austere and time-bending Cello Octet is pit against Ted Hearne’s rhythmic and metallic duet for piano and percussion One of Us, One of Them. Christopher Cerrone’s strikingly visual Averno: A Fragment, set with voracity and longing to texts by Louise Glück, will be played alongside Timothy Andres’s gracious Clamber Music and Robert Honstein’s rock-inspired song-without-words Why Are You Not Answering. MORE

Published September 23, 2010
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New Music New Haven opens the 2010-11 season with featured composer Christopher Theofanidis

Concert also highlights three Yale alumni who will be showcased at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge October 11

Christopher Theofanidis

The Yale School of Music presents the first New Music New Haven concert of the year on Thursday, October 7 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The concert will feature faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis, lauded as “an unusually skilled, communicative composer” by the Baltimore Sun. On the program will be his string quartet Visions and Miracles, written in 1997, whose three movements explore a rich multiplicity of musical sources and techniques. Of the composer, the Washington Post has written: “What impresses me about Theofanidis… is his ability to blend several musical languages once thought to be mutually exclusive… the results are enormously attractive.”

Also on the program are works by up-and-coming composers from the Yale School of Music: current student Reena Esmail and alumni Jacob Cooper, Christopher Cerrone, and Robert Honstein. This segment of the program will include Cooper’s new Cello Octet, Esmail’s Piano Quintet, Cerrone’s Averno: A Fragment for voices and mixed ensemble, and Honstein’s rock-inspired song-without-words Why are you not answering. MORE

Published September 10, 2010
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