YSM Alumni News | November 2018

Molly Joyce. Photo by Nadine Sherman

Flutist Amanda Baker ’00MM returned to Yale in April 2018 to become Senior Associate Director for Young Alumni for the Yale Alumni Fund. She was also a guest lecturer this spring at the University of Hartford, where she taught “Entrepreneurship in the Arts,” and continues to teach flute at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Double Bassist Mark Elliot Bergman ’97MM received a Performing Arts Fellowship in Music from the Wyoming Arts Council, one of four recipients in the state. Bergman’s winning original compositions include Ondine, The Temple, and Shenandoah Suite, a string trio commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of Shenandoah National Park.

Violist Emily Grace Brandenburg ’17MMA was named Administrative Assistant at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. MORE

Published November 7, 2018
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Anteo Fabris ’19MM premieres “Ocean Beach Cypher” at sustainability event

Anteo Fabris

School of Music student composer Anteo Fabris ’19MM premiered his piece Ocean Beach Cypher at Yale’s 2018 State of Sustainability Breakfast. Fabris described the work as being “about loss” and said “it allows us to ponder the sounds of the beautiful ocean we are destroying.” Accompanied by projected visuals created by Fabris, Ocean Beach Cypher was performed by YSM bassists Kelvin Ng ’19MM, Amy Nickler ’19MM, and Kohei Yamaguchi ’18MM. The breakfast, held in celebration of Earth Day, honored outstanding contributions to sustainability at Yale and featured Pericles Lewis, vice president for global strategy and deputy provost for international affairs, as the keynote speaker.

The Yale Office of Sustainability’s mission is to “advance sustainability within the Yale community by acting as a catalyst for information exchange and facilitating capacity building, innovation, streamlined operations, and preparation of tomorrow’s sustainability leaders,” according to its website. Part of the outgrowth of that mission is the Yale Sustainability Plan 2025, which “demonstrates [Yale’s] commitment to building a more sustainable world.”

As part of its participation in the University’s efforts, YSM crafted a School-wide action plan centered on enhancing and improving the myriad ways in which music can intersect with sustainability. The School’s plan speaks to the greening of music materials, such as how instrument parts are made, replaced, and recycled; how music is composed, published, and distributed; and other innovations that can reduce YSM’s environmental impact.

YSM SUSTAINABILITY ACTION PLAN

Published April 24, 2018
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YSM alums wrap up 2016 with career accomplishments

Michael Zuber

As 2016 comes to a close, the Yale School of Music is celebrating the recent accomplishments of several graduates. 

Three YSM alumni have recently won orchestral appointments. Michael Zuber ’14MM, a bassoonist who studied at YSM with Frank Morelli, has been appointed principal bassoonist of the Cape Symphony in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Zuber is also an alumnus of The Academy, a two-year program organized by  Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

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Jeanine Wynton

Jeanine Wynton ’03MM has joined the North Carolina Symphony as a section violinist. Wynton previously held the positions of assistant concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony in Virginia and section violinist with the Florida Orchestra. During the summers, she performs with the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago. Wynton was the first American woman to design educational-outreach concerts for a Russian Orchestra. For three months, she performed and conceived educational concerts with the principal players of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. While in Moscow, she performed concerts with both the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra MORE

Published November 28, 2016
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Jiyeon “Jiji” Kim, Samuel Suggs take top honors at Concert Artists Guild competition

Jiyeon "Jiji" Kim and Samuel Suggs

Jiyeon “Jiji” Kim and Samuel Suggs

Guitarist Jiyeon “Jiji” Kim ’17MM has won the Victor and Sono Elmaleh First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild’s 2016 Victor Elmaleh Competition and double bassist Samuel Suggs ’14MM ’20DMA has been named the organization’s New Music/New Places Fellow. Each will receive a management contract from the Concert Artists Guild and will be presented in recital in New York City. Kim also earned a $5,000 cash award.

The final round of the competition took place on October 27 at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City and was judged by an eight-person jury.

Steven Shaiman, the Concert Artists Guild’s senior vice president and director of artist management, said Kim’s “musical skill and talent combined with [her] overall stage presence and persona as an artist who has real potential for a career” factored into her success at the competition.

“Sam also stood out as a unique artist worthy of having the opportunity to develop what he’s doing,” Shaiman said. The Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places program, Shaiman said, was devised a little more than 10 years ago to help develop artists’ unique visions and to bring those visions into “non-traditional venues” such as bars, clubs, cabarets, and art galleries.

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Published November 2, 2016
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Samuel Suggs named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month

suggs_bwAt this year’s biennial International Society of Bassists Convention in June Fort Collins, CO, the solo competition boasted its usual share of top flight talent from around the globe, providing ample evidence (if any is needed) that the standards of double bass playing continue to soar. The prize winners were all outstanding virtuosos, but the winner of the Gary Karr Prize for first place wooed the judges not only on the strength of his playing, but also with creative programming that managed to adhere to the competition requirements while drawing unexpected connections between works.

Sam Suggs is a 25-year-old DMA candidate at Yale University, pursuing studies in double bass, yet boasting a range of interests that go far beyond mere regurgitations of the standards. Competition chairman Paul Sharpe described the attributes that ultimately tipped the scales in Suggs’s favor. “It was his innovation in both repertoire and programming that engaged the audience and then kept our full attention for the duration. Artistry by itself is great. But, innovation and artistry together create momentum and progression.” MORE

Published October 1, 2015
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Bassist Alexander Svensen joins Springfield Symphony Orchestra

alex-svensenAlexander (Smith) Svensen ’10 MM has been appointed 5th chair double bass in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts).

Based in New Haven, Conn., Svensen is enjoying a career as a classical, jazz, and pop double bassist and electric bassist. In addition to his position with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, he performs with the Connecticut Chamber Virtuosi, Connecticut Lyric Opera, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and maintains a busy freelance career across the Northeast.

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Published June 12, 2015
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Bassist Sam Suggs wins 2015 ISB Competition

sam-suggsSamuel Suggs ’14 MM, a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Music, won first prize at the 2015 International Society of Bassists (ISB) Competition. The first place award, named the Gary Karr Prize, includes a monetary award, a bow, and an expenses-paid recital to open the 2017 ISB Convention.

The competition, which took place June 1–2, 2015, was held in conjunction with the ISB 2015 Convention at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

Published June 8, 2015
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Legendary Bassist Ron Carter and his trio perform concert Oct. 24

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The Yale School of Music presents the Ron Carter Trio on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The legendary bassist Carter will play with Russell Malone, guitar, and Donald Vega, piano.

With over 2,500 recordings to his name, jazz bassist Ron Carter is one of the most recorded in history. Carter was a member of the classic 1963 Miles Davis Quintet which also included members Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Tony Williams. MORE

Published October 9, 2014
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Worth nothing: Symphony by Sea launches 33rd season

Donald PalmaNewburyport Daily News
By Ann Reily

A lot of time and effort goes into planning a Symphony by the Sea concert.

For the chamber orchestra’s season-opening concerts tonight and Sunday, music director and conductor Donald Palma put a lot of thought into his selection of arias and choruses by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Mozart and others.

“I spent months putting this program together and getting the right mix of pieces and the right order,” Palma said. “It’s kind of a compilation of some of the greatest operatic chestnuts or gems combined with some lesser-known pieces.”

In celebration of its 33rd season, the North Shore-based orchestra is continuing its efforts to reach out to younger audiences by offering a $10 discount on tickets to those age 33 and under.

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Published October 24, 2013
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Yale in New York presents De Profundis: music for low instruments

Frank Morelli

The Yale in New York concert series, directed by David Shifrin, closes its 2011-2012 season with De Profundis: The Deep End, a concert of music for low instruments. The bassoon, tuba, trombone, cello, double bass, and sackbut all take center stage in this performance.

Faculty performers – including Frank Morelli, bassoon; Scott Hartman, trombone; Donald Palma, double bass; Ole Akahoshi, cello; and Ransom Wilson, conductor – will be joined by students and alumni on the stage of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The program will be presented twice: in New Haven on Wednesday, March 28, and in New York City on Sunday, April 1 (for real). The Wednesday concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street). The Sunday concert begins at 7:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. MORE

Published March 2, 2012
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