YSM now accepting applications for fall 2018 enrollment

Violinist Wynton Grant ’17MM. Photo by Matt Fried

The School of Music is now accepting applications for enrollment in fall 2018. “We have openings in all areas, including the tuba and harpsichord studios and the orchestral conducting program,” Donna Yoo, YSM’s director of admissions and alumni affairs, said. “It is unusual for us to have available spaces across all programs, and we are looking forward to welcoming new students to all areas of study.”

The Admissions Office anticipates interest in the School’s revamped B.A./M.M. program, which is now open to applications from high-school seniors. The program, Yoo said, “should appeal to students who are interested in pursuing both academic and musical excellence at an Ivy League institution.”

The School will announce available fellowship opportunities in December. These would include openings in the string quartet fellowship program and the recently launched collaborative piano program. Applications for the Morse Postgraduate Teaching Artist Fellowship will also be accepted starting in December.



Published September 15, 2017
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Noël Wan wins second prize in Korea International Harp Competition

noel-wanThe first-ever Korea International Harp Competition was held in Seoul May 23–26, 2015. In the Young Professional Division, Noël Wan ’16 MM won second prize. Wan is a student of June Han at the Yale School of Music.

Taiwanese-American harpist Noël Wan (1994) is an international prize winner and critically acclaimed concert artist whose “exquisite musicality, impeccable technique, and mature interpretation of music in different styles” has earned her the commendation of being “one of the best harpists in this generation” (Dan Yu). The first harpist to win the Carmel Music Society Instrumental Competition and the Pacific Musical Society Competition, Noël is also the youngest winner in the history of the Dutch Harp Festival Competition. Other accolades include First Prize in the 22nd and 25th Chi-mei Arts Award Competition, Second Prize in the 2013 Nippon International Harp Competition, the Aharon Zvi and Mara Propes Foundation Special Award, and the Forgotten Lore Prize in the 1st Dutch Harp Festival Competition. MORE

Published June 2, 2015
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Harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn performs music old and new Oct. 9

Colleen Potter ThorburnThe Yale School of Music presents a solo recital by harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Thorburn’s recital is the culmination of her studies toward the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree.

The recital embraces opposites: Baroque pieces originally written for harpsichord and arranged for harp, French impressionistic pieces that are often associated with the harp; and a piece written to explore harp’s virtuosic potential and unexpected capabilities.

Thorburn opens with her own arrangements of two French Baroque works originally written for keyboard. Couperin’s “Les Baricades mistérieuses” will be followed by Rameau’s “L’Egyptienne.” MORE

Published October 2, 2014
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Grace Guo ’13MM appointed principal harp of China Philharmonic

GuoYale School of Music alumna Grace Guo ’13MM has recently been appointed the principal harp of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. The music director of the China Philharmonic is Yu Long.

While studying at Yale, Grace won the Anne Adams Awards from the American Harp Society. She was also the first prize winner in the senior division of the harp competition in the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Solo Competition in 2011, and she was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood in the summer of 2013.

Published November 4, 2013
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Henry Kramer, Antoine Malette-Chenier win 2013 Woolsey Competition

_MG_0225-1Henry Kramer, piano, and Antoine Malette-Chénier, harp, are the two winners of this year’s Woolsey Concerto Competition. Kramer played Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2, and Malette-Chenier played the Harp Concerto by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. The two will perform their winning pieces with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2013–2014 season.

Violinist Yoon Won Song was selected as an alternate winner in case (for whatever reason) one of the two winners cannot perform. Song played Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Two honorable mentions were also awarded: to Phillip Browne, horn, for his performance of Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No.2and Zhenni Li, piano, for her performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3.

The adjudicators of the competition were Peter Wiley, cello, Robert McDonald, piano, and Lawrence Isaacson, conductor and trombone. They noted that they “were impressed with the high level of performance of everyone involved.” The annual competition was held last Saturday.

kramer_henry_newHenry Kramer, originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, has been lauded as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times) and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). He was a top prizewinner in the 8th National Chopin Competition and the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition. Most recently, Henry garnered the top prize and prize for the Best Performance of Strauss Lieder at the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for the outstanding first-year pianist. He currently studies with Boris Berman.

Antoine Malette-Chénier began his harp studies with Caroline Léonardelli, the principal harpist for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008, he studied with Caroline Lizotte, second harp chair of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières. Antoine has won two first places at the Canadian Music Competition, two bursaries from the National Arts Center Orchestra, and first prize at two concerto competitions, which took him for orchestra tours as a soloist in Canada and Hungary. He was a guest artist for the 2007 Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and recorded for Radio-Canada the same year as a winner of the Young Artists Competition. Antoine was invited to perform at the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver in July 2011. He is currently a student of June Han at the Yale School of Music. MORE

Published April 17, 2013
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Guest conductor Jahja Ling ’85DMA leads the Yale Philharmonia April 20

Jahja Ling, conductor

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale under renowned guest conductor (and alumnus) Jahja Ling on Friday, April 20. Harpist Kristan Toczko will be a featured soloist. The program will include music of Brahms, Ginastera, and Dvorak.

Jahja Ling, who studied orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music (’85DMA), was resident conductor of the illustrious Cleveland Orchestra for many years and is now music director of the San Diego Symphony. He now returns to Yale to conduct his alma mater’s orchestra.

Of one recent performance, the Cleveland Plain Dealer raved, “Ling turned every moment into a compelling statement.” MORE

Published March 28, 2012
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Harp studio performs Dec. 3

Concert features music for solo harp plus harp duos

The Yale School of Music presents the harp studio of faculty artist June Han in a collective recital on Saturday, December 3 at 8 pm. The music will include selections for solo harp as well as for harp duo. Performers from the School of Music include Kristan Toczko ’12 MM and Grace Guo ’13 MM. Also appearing are undergraduate harpists Olivia Coates ’12 BA, Chelsea Lane ’14 BA, and Dana Schneider ’15 BA.

Han enjoys an active international career as a harpist and educator, and appears frequently with the New York Philharmonic, among other prestigious ensembles. Toczko, a winner of the 2011 Woolsey Competition, will perform the Ginastera harp concerto with the Yale Philharmonia and guest conductor Jahja Ling on April 20, 2012.

Canadian harpist and composer Caroline Lizotte composed her Raga for two harps in 2006. The work begins in the improvisatory style and strong modality of the Indian musical form. This unique and exotic piece demands a number of non-traditional methods of creating sound on the harp, such as percussive effects.

Henriette Renié’s Contemplation will be followed by Giovanni Battista Pescetti’s Sonata in C minor, transcribed for harp by Carlos Salzedo. This piece demonstrates the elegance of his style, which straddles the late Baroque and early Classical eras.

Toczko will perform the Harp Sonata by Paul Hindemith, who was on the Yale faculty from 1940 to 1953. Two French works for harp will round out the concert: Albert Roussel’s solo Impromptu, Op. 21; and Parvis, a duet by Bernard Andrés.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. MORE

Published November 14, 2011
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