Composer Garth Neustadter ’12MM has won an Emmy Award for his score for the PBS documentary John Muir in the New World, an episode of American Masters. The score was recorded at Yale with members of the Yale Philharmonia, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and the Linden String Quartet.
Neustadter, 25, is a student in the School of Music’s composition program, where he studies with Christopher Theofanidis. He will earn his Master of Music degree in May.
“Winning the Emmy was an almost surreal experience,” Neustadter told the Hartford Courant earlier today. He told the School of Music: “I had been extremely honored just to receive the nomination, so receiving the actual award was a humbling moment, and I am very appreciative of everyone involved in the project including members of the Yale Philharmonia, Symphony, and Linden String Quartet.” He received the award at the Creative Arts Awards and Ball, which is separate from the Sept. 18 telecast at which actors accept their statuettes.
Neustadter is a native of Wisconsin – as is TV producer Catherine Tatge, who “was looking for people from Wisconsin as much as possible,” Neustadter told the Courant. Muir, a pioneering advocate of preserving the American wilderness, grew up in Wisconsin after spending the first years of his life in Scotland. Muir co-founded the Sierra Club and was instrumental in preserving the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park. MORE