Prizes awarded at 2019 Honors Banquet

Retiring Professor of Trumpet Allan Dean, left, and School of Music Dean Robert Blocker

On Sunday, May 5, the School of Music held its annual Honors Banquet during which Dean Robert Blocker presented awards to students, many of whom will graduate on May 20. Blocker also recognized three faculty members for their contributions to and beyond the YSM community. Faculty trumpeter Allan Dean, who is retiring after 30 years at the School, received the Gustave Stoeckel Award for Excellence in Teaching. Blocker said Prof. Dean was always ready to perform in service to the School “with love and affection” for the music he was making. “It’s been a great run,” Dean said.

Blocker presented Assistant Professor of Cello Ole Akahoshi with the Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award, describing Akahoshi as a “distinguished alumnus” of the School and a “wonderful human being.” Akahoshi led the Yale Cellos this year in the absence of longtime Prof. Aldo Parisot, who retired in June after 60 years on the School’s faculty and passed away in December. Akahoshi dedicated the award to the Yale Cellos, saying, “We all miss Mr. Parisot. He would have been proud.”

William Boughton, Lecturer in Music at YSM and interim conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, received the School’s Cultural Leadership Citation in large part for his artistic leadership of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Boughton is serving in his final season as Music Director of the NHSO, a position to which he was appointed in 2007. During his tenure, the NHSO has twice earned an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. “He reignited the New Haven Symphony Orchestra,” Blocker said.

“Many of you will complete your studies at YSM in just a few short weeks,” Blocker told students. “Let tonight be a marker of what is to come as we celebrate your collective futures.” At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, students remained at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale for an after-party to dance and celebrate the end of the academic year.

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The following student prizes were presented during the Honors Banquet.

Left to right: Professor in the Practice of Horn William Purvis, flutist Jungah Yoon, and Dean Robert Blocker

Brass and Woodwinds

The Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Memorial Prize, which is awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated the highest standard of excellence in woodwind playing, was presented to flutist Jungah Yoon. The John Swallow Prize, which is given to an outstanding brass player whose artistry and dedication have contributed to the department, was awarded to tubist Jake Fewx.

Choral Conducting

The Robert Shaw Prize, given in honor of the renowned American choral conductor and awarded to a choral conducting major in the School of Music chosen by the choral conducting faculty for distinguished achievement, was presented to Margaret Burk.

Composition

The Woods Chandler Memorial Prize for the best composition in a larger form written during the year was awarded to Nate May. The Rena Greenwald Memorial Prize for the best piano composition written during the year went to Miles Walter. The John Day Jackson Prize for outstanding chamber music compositions written for strings with or without other instruments was presented to Aaron Levin. The Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize for the best composition written in a contrapuntal style was given to Grant Luhmann. And the Ezra Laderman Prize for the best compositions written for musical theater or voice was awarded to Tanner Porter.

Guitar

The Eliot Fisk Prize, which is given to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievement and dedication have contributed greatly to the department, was awarded to Nicoletta Todesco.

Organ

The Charles Ives Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding organ major, went to Ryan Kennedy. The Julia R. Sherman Memorial Prize for excellence in organ playing was awarded to Jacob Reed.

Left to Right: Dean Robert Blocker, pianists Janice Yu and Gabriele Strata, and Associate Professor of Piano Wei-Yi Yang

Piano

The Charles S. Miller Prize, which is given to a gifted pianist who has done outstanding work during the first year of study, was awarded to Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner. The Elizabeth Parisot Prize, which goes to outstanding pianists in the School of Music, was awarded to Gabriele Strata and Janice Lu.

Strings

The Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize, which is awarded to the violist in the graduating class whose performances while at Yale have exhibited the highest potential for success as a soloist or chamber musician in the field, was given to Marlea Simpson. The Aldo Parisot Prize, which is awarded to gifted cellists who show promise for a concert career, was presented to Guilherme Nardelli Monegatto and Anita Balazs. The Broadus Erle Prize, which is given to outstanding violinists in the School of Music, went to Matthew Woodard, Ariel Horowitz, and Sirena Huang.

Voice

The David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding singer in the School of Music, went to Matthew Cossack. The Smriti Deb Memorial Prize, which is given to an outstanding graduating singer who best reflects and exemplifies the ideals and values of Smriti Deb and her commitment to teaching low-income and underrepresented children, was awarded to Rachel Weishoff. And the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize, whose purpose is to assist in launching the career of a graduating voice student who demonstrates exceptional talent as an artist and promise for professional success, was awarded to Lauren McQuistin.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The Friedmann Thesis Prize, which is awarded to a DMA candidate whose thesis is notable for its distinguished research, original perspective, in-depth engagement with its subject, and well-crafted presentation, was given to composer Nate May.

Left to right: violinist Emily Switzer, violinist Ye Jin Min, violinist Kate Arndt, trumpeter Chloe Swindler, Deputy Dean Melvin Chen, horn player Antonia Chandler, Dean Robert Blocker, choral conductor Andrew Hon, Director of Admissions and Alumni Affairs Donna Yoo, tenor Luis Aguilar, guitarist Nicoletta Tedesco, pianist Szymon Nehring, and organist David Simon

School

The Malcolm L. Mitchell and Donald M. Roberts Class of 1957 Prize, which is given to an outstanding graduating teaching artist in the Music in Schools Initiative, was awarded to horn player Esteban Garcia. The Philip Francis Nelson Prize, which is awarded to a graduating student whose musicianship is outstanding and who demonstrates curiosity, talent, and an entrepreneurial spirit in the many dimensions of the music profession, was presented to vocalist Ned Vogel. The Presser Foundation Music Award, which is awarded to an outstanding returning student to advance the student’s music education, went to Daniel Tucker. And the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, which is awarded to graduating students who have not only excelled in their respective fields but have also made important contributions to the general life of the School, was presented to Luis Aguilar, Andrew Chun Fung Hon, Nicoletta Tedesco, Matthew Woodard, Antonia Chandler, Chloe Swindler, Kate Arndt, Ye Jin Min, Emily Switzer, Szymon Nehring, and David Simon.

Photos by Harold Shapiro.

 

Published May 9, 2019
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Fall 2018 Admissions Visits

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As of August 2, 2018

New England Conservatory

College Fair
Saturday, September 22, 2018
2–4 pm
Boston, MA

University of Michigan 

Michigan Performing Arts College Fair
Saturday, September 29, 2018
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
2–4 pm
Ann Arbor, MI

Northwestern University

Chicago Northshore Music College Fair
Thursday, October 4, 2018
7-9 pm
Evanston, IL

Cleveland Institute of Music

College Fair
Friday, October 5, 2018
4:30-6:30 pm
Cleveland, OH

Oberlin Conservatory

College Fair
Monday, October 8, 2018
Carnegie Building
4:30–6:30 pm
Oberlin, OH

Eastman School of Music

Upstate New York Music College Fair
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Cominsky Promenade and Kodak Hall Balcony
5–7 pm
Rochester, NY

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Fall 2017 Admissions Visits

YSM is coming to you! We encourage you to visit with us and learn more about YSM at an admissions event this fall.

As of October 12, 2017

New England Conservatory

College Fair
Saturday, September 16, 2017
New England Conservatory
Burnes Hall
2–4 pm
Boston, MA

Peabody Conservatory

College Fair
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Peabody Conservatory
George Peabody Library
3–5 pm
Baltimore, MD

Eastman School of Music

Upstate New York Music College Fair
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Eastman School of Music
Cominsky Promenade and Kodak Hall Balcony
5–7 pm
Rochester, NY

Oberlin Conservatory

College Fair
Monday, October 9, 2017
Oberlin Conservatory
Carnegie Building, Root Room
4:30–6:30 pm
Oberlin, OH

Juilliard Pre-College

College Forum
Saturday, October 14, 2017
5-7 pm
New York, NY

Houston Youth Symphony

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Houston, TX

High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Monday, October 16, 2017
Houston, TX

Rice University

NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Rice Memorial Center
6100 Main Street MS-530
6:30–8:30 pm
Houston, TX

Irving Convention Center, Dallas, TX

NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
500 West Las Colinas Boulevard
6:30–8:30 pm
Irving, TX

Published August 16, 2017
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YSM to host UN Secretary-General April 12

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On Tuesday, April 12, YSM will host the speech of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The Secretary-General’s speech is the central event of the UN Global Colloquium of University Presidents hosted by Yale University.

Performances of current YSM student Jessica Pray ’17 MM and Yale College student Katherine Barnes will open this event. Joined by the YSM faculty pianist Douglas Dickson ’89 MMA, Pray will sing a set of songs by Charles Ives, a prominent Yale graduate and American composer, and Barnes will sing a song from the James Weldon Johnson Collection from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

This event will stream live on Yale YouTube channel.

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Career Strategies presents a conversation with Tony Woodcock March 30

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Tony Woodcock, former president of the New England Conservatory, will give a talk on Wednesday, March 30 on Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Music Field.

In addition to his past post at NEC, Woodcock has led major performing arts organizations in the United States and Europe. Astrid Baumgardner, head of the Office of Career Strategies, will moderate the discussion, and there will be ample opportunity for students to ask their questions. MORE

Published March 4, 2016
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Career Strategies offers workshop on Financial Life After Yale for Musicians Feb. 1

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Astrid Baumgardner, Director of Career Strategies, announces that Steve Blum will present a workshop on Financial Life After Yale for Musicians on Monday, February 1, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

In addition, Baumgardner will present a unit on how to generate revenues as a musician and create a financial plan. Attendees will receive relevant handouts, and a pizza dinner will be served.

This workshop will teach YSM students how to plan for the future; save and invest; improve their credit scores; and manage their taxes. Blum will discuss helpful rules of thumb and will illuminate terms such as ETFs, IRAs, HSAs, and Roth 401k plans. MORE

Published January 26, 2016
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Music Talks at the Whitney presents Bartók with Argus Quartet Dec. 10

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The next event in the Music Talks at the Whitney series will take place Thursday, Dec. 10 at 4 pm. Presented by the Yale School of Music and Whitney Humanities Center, the event will feature a performance of Bela Bartók‘s String Quartet No. 4 and a post-performance discussion.

The work will be performed by YSM’s fellowship quartet-in-residence, the Argus Quartet: Jason Issokson, Clara Kim, violins; Diana Wade, viola; and Joann Whang, cello. Michael Friedmann, a member of the faculty of both the School of Music and the Department of Music, will introduce the piece. MORE

Published December 7, 2015
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Yale School of Music to be featured in 2016 NY Phil Biennial

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The Yale School of Music and its New Music New Haven series will be highlighted in the 2016 NY Phil Biennial, a wide-ranging exploration of today’s music by an array of contemporary and modern composers. YSM’s performance will take place on May 25, 2016 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR, the performance will be streamed live via webcast on WQXR’s new-music channel, Q2 Music, and Q2 Music’s Helga Davis will host the performance.

The program represents the past, present, and future of the composition program of the Yale School of Music, established in 1894, whose composition faculty has included Paul Hindemith, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Jacob Druckman. The program opens with songs by Yale alumnus Charles Ives — “our historically most distinguished student,” according to Yale composition chair Martin Bresnick — and concludes with a song by “one of our very promising current students (and fellow New Englander)” Hilary Purrington. MORE

Published October 27, 2015
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Piano Master Class Series 2015-16

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The Piano Master Class Series at YSM is under way for the 2015–16 season. The series gives piano students at Yale valuable opportunities to perform in piano master classes given by our internationally renowned faculty and visiting artists.

The 2015–16 Series began with two members of the YSM Faculty: on September 24 with Wei-Yi Yang and October 1 with Boris Berman. Upcoming for the fall semester are master classes with faculty members Peter Frankl, Melvin Chen, and Hung-Kuan Chen, as well as visiting artists Yves Henry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Amy Lin.

Most master classes take place Thursdays in Morse Recital Hall at 10:30 am. Arrangements can be made for audience members who wish to attend these classes; there is no charge. Interested audience members should send an email in advance.

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Published October 14, 2015
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Admissions Visits to Ohio and New York, October 2015

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Cleveland Institute of Music

Graduate Music Fair
Monday, October 12, 2015
12:30–2:30 pm
Cleveland, OH

Oberlin Conservatory

Performing Arts College Fair
Monday, October 12, 2015
4:30–6:30 pm
Oberlin, OH
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Published October 9, 2015
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