Members of YSM community earn Grammy nominations

Missy Mazzoli. Photo by Marylene Mey

Grammy Award nominations were announced on Friday, Dec. 7, and several members of the Yale School of Music community made the list. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding musicians.

Composer Missy Mazzoli ’06MM was nominated in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for her work Vespers for Violin, performed by Olivia de Prato. In the same category, faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis ’83MM received a nomination for his Violin Concerto, performed by violinist James Ehnes, conductor Ludovic Morlot, and the Seattle Symphony.

Yale Philharmonia Principal Conductor Peter Oundjian was nominated in the Best Classical Compendium category for Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto, Oboe Concerto, Serenade to Music, Flos Campi, on which he conducted. The recording was produced by Blanton Alspaugh.

Conductor Martin Pearlman ’71MM was nominated in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo Category for Biber: The Mystery Sonatas, on which he conducted. The recording features violinist Christina Day Martinson and Boston Baroque.

Composer John Adams ’MUSHD received a nomination in the Best Opera Recording category for Adams: Dr. Atomic.

The Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry, which includes alumni violinists Liesl Schoenberger Doty ’11AD and Miki-Sophia Cloud ’08MM, was nominated in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category for Visions and Variations.

In the Best Orchestral Performance category, three nominations have ties to YSM. The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s recording Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11, conducted by Andris Nelsons, includes alumni violinist Sheila Fiekowsky ’75MM and cellist Owen Young ’87MM. The San Francisco Symphony’s recording Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, includes alumni violinists Gina Cooper ’87MM and John Young ’MM. And the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s recording Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1, conducted by Manfred Honeck, includes alumni violinists Irene Cheng ’94MM and Louis Lev ’90MM and alumni trombonist Rebecca Cherian ’81MM.

Published December 10, 2018
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Alumni appear in NYT’s Best Classical Music of 2015 list

David Kaplan | Photo by Samantha West

David Kaplan | Photo by Samantha West

When the classical music team of The New York Times shared its picks for the best performances of the year, several alumni of the Yale School of Music made the list.

Performers include the pianist David Kaplan ’07 MM, ’08 MMA, ’14 DMA, and the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, directed by Brad Wells ’98 MM, ’05 DMA. Among the ensemble’s members are Estelí Gomez ’08 BA, Caroline Shaw ’07 MM, Eric Dudley ’03 MM, ’04 MMA, ’11 DMA, Dashon Burton ’11 MM, and Virginia Warnken ’13 MM.

Composers mentioned include Shaw, Dudley, Missy Mazzoli ’06 MM, and Ted Hearne ’08 MM, ’09 MMA. Below are excerpts from the article. MORE

Published December 10, 2015
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Yale Composers Featured at SONiC Festival in New York City

SONiC FestThe American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival, focusing on composers ages 40 or younger, returns to New York City this month from Oct. 15–23. The second edition of the festival includes music by Yale faculty member Hannah Lash, current YSM composition students Michael Gilbertson and Molly Joyce, and YSM graduates Andy Akiho, Christopher Cerrone, Reena Esmail, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Missy Mazzoli, and Brendon Randall-Myers.


Published October 13, 2015
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YSM alumni among “Top Composers Who Are Redefining Classical Music”

The Culture Trip | By Helen Armitage

While the great composers like Bach and Beethoven may still reign supreme in classical music circles, a generation of new young composers are challenging its traditional boundaries. From the haunting ‘indie-classical’ sounds of Missy Mazzoli to Judd Greenstein’s post-genre adventures, we profile ten innovative young composers bringing new life to classical music.

missy mazzoli composer alumniMissy Mazzoli

Hailed by The New York Times as one of the ‘more consistently inventive and surprising composers now working in New York’, Missy Mazzoli is an American composer and keyboardist based in Brooklyn whose works straddle the line between classical and indie with a haunting, innovative sound. Her debut opera Song from the Uproar premiered in 2012 to rave reviews and her works have been performed worldwide by the New York City Opera and Sydney Symphony, to name but a few. Currently working as composer-in-residence with Opera Philadelphia and Gotham Chamber Opera, Mazzoli’s future projects include Breaking the Waves – a chamber opera based Lars Von Triers 1996 film of the same name due to premiere in 2016. MORE

Published April 18, 2015
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Yale Daily News: Panel discusses careers in music

Yale Daily News
By David Kurkovskiy

At a Tuesday morning panel discussion, alumni of the School of Music advised current students to take risks and pursue innovative projects.

Roughly 20 students attended the panel, which was held as part of a School of Music course on sustainable careers in the field of music but was open to the entire Yale community. The discussion was moderated by Astrid Baumgardner, the class instructor, who said she organized the panel to show students the different ways one can succeed in the music field.

The speakers, Missy Mazzoli MUS ’06, Mellissa Hughes MUS ’06, James Moore MUS ’06, and Owen Dalby ’06 MUS ’07, discussed their experiences as performers trained in classical music who are now pursuing projects involving contemporary music. The speakers highlighted the way their Yale education has influenced their growth as musicians, providing them with a network of performers with whom they could cooperate after graduation. MORE

Published November 20, 2013
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Office of Career Strategies presents panel discussion Nov. 19



The Office of Career Strategies announces its next career event: a panel discussion among YSM alumni that will take place Tuesday, November 19 at 10:30am.

The four YSM alumni on the panel will speak about entrepreneurship and how they created successful careers after studying at Yale. There will be opportunities for audience questions, as well as time to meet the panelists after the event.

Space is limited, so interested students should RSVP early.

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The panelists are: MORE

Published November 13, 2013
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Music Beyond Genres: Constella Festival’s Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli

City Beat
By Anne Arenstein

missy mazzoli composer alumniThe Constella Festival got it right when they named Missy Mazzoli as this year’s composer-in-residence. At 33, she’s earned the awards, commissions and acclaim you’d expect from artists twice her age. And her two Constella concerts this year feature compositions she’s created since 2005, both for small ensembles and solo performance. 

“This is definitely the biggest showcase of the widest variety of my work,” she says, speaking from the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, where she’s working on a chamber piece for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. MORE

Published October 11, 2013
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Composer Missy Mazzoli ’06MM joins Mannes faculty

missy mazzoli composer alumniComposer Missy Mazzoli, recently dubbed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” by the New York Times, has joined the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music. Mazzoli was among ten musicians appointed to the faculty last spring.

Dean Richard Kessler commented, “These are faculty who offer not only superlative musical instruction, but who are passionate about teaching students to work and create in our evolving field.”

Mazzoli’s music has been performed internationally by groups including eighth blackbird, Kronos, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra. She is currently composer-in-residence with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Mazzoli studied at Yale, The Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and Boston University, and is also active as a pianist and keyboardist, frequently performing with Victoire, a band that is dedicated to performing her own compositions.


Published September 27, 2013
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