Garth Neustadter ’12MM nominated for Emmy Award

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce that composer Garth Neustadter ’12MM has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his score for the PBS documentary John Muir in the New World. The score was recorded at Yale with members of the Yale Philharmonia, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and the Linden String Quartet. Neustadter is a student in the School of Music’s composition program, where he studies with Christopher Theofanidis.

In 2007 Neustadter won first prize in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. He was subsequently commissioned by Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. to compose, record and produce the score for the film The White Sister.

Five composers received nominations in the category of Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score): Alf H. Clausen (for “Treehouse Of Horror XXI,” an episode of The Simpsons), Ron Jones (for the “Road To The North Pole” episode of Family Guy), Walter Murphy (for the “And Then There Were Fewer” episode of Family Guy), Garth Neustadter (for the “John Muir In The New World” episode of American Masters), and Jeff Richmond (for the “100” episode of 30 Rock). MORE

Published July 22, 2011
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Oscar Nominations for Yale graduates

Composer Maury Yeston and his wife at the premiere of <em>Nine</em>.

Composer Maury Yeston and his wife, Julianne Waldhelm, at the premiere of the movie "Nine."

Several graduates of the Yale School of Music have distinguished themselves as film composers. This year’s Oscar nominations featured two Yale alumni: Marco Beltrami ’91MM and Maury Yeston ’67BA, ’74PhD.

Marco Beltrami ’91MM and Buck Sanders were nominated for Best Score for The Hurt Locker; he was previously nominated for the score to 3:10 to Yuma. He has written scores for many other films, particularly horror and action including the Scream movies; I, Robot; Blade II; Hellboy; and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

Maury Yeston ’67BA; ’74PhD was nominated for Best Song, for “Take it All” from Nine. Yeston is a graduate of Yale College, earned his PhD from the Yale Department of Music, and taught in the Department for several years. He wrote the music and lyrics to the Broadway musical Nine in 1982, and worked with director Rob Marshall to adapt the show for film. Read a Q&A with Yeston about this process here.

Published February 2, 2010
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Recording of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion nominated for Grammy


David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion has already earned him a Pulitzer Prize in Music. Now a recording of the piece on Harmonia Mundi has been nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award. Nominated in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance, the recording features Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Theatre of Voices, conducted by Paul Hillier. The CD was released in July of 2009. David Lang, a graduate of the School of Music, became a member of the composition faculty in 2008.

Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices, The Little Match Girl Passion was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The work sets Hans Christian Andersen’s fable in the format of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. According to publicity materials for the recording, Lang elevates the suffering of the little match girl with poignant, evocative music. MORE

Published December 15, 2009
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Grammy nominations for Yale alumni


Sharon Isbin

Four Yale alumni – Marin Alsop, Sharon Isbin, Maureen Nelson, and Richard Belcher – received nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards. Alsop, a graduate of Yale College, is the artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the first woman to hold such a position at a major American orchestra. The other three are graduates of the School of Music.

Nelson, a violinist, and Belcher, a cellist, are members of the Enso Quartet. The quartet, formed in 1999 at the School of Music, has earned multiple honors at the 2004 Banff International String Quartet Competition and victories at the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. The ensemble’s 2005 debut on Naxos Records, a 2-CD set of Ignaz Pleyel’s six string quartets, Op. 2, garnered rave reviews. The Grammy nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance goes to their most recent Naxos release, the three string quartets of Alberto Ginastera, featuring soprano Lucy Shelton.

Alsop’s recording for Naxos of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was nominated for Best Classical Album. In addition, the album’s producer, Steven Epstein, was nominated for Best Producer of the Year, Classical. And Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, which Alsop and the London Philharmonia Orchestra recorded on Alsop Conducts MacMillan, Adès, & Higdon, was nominated for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. MORE

Published December 14, 2009
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David Kurtz ’80MM garners three Emmy nominations

David Kurtz receiving the School of Music Alumni Certificate of Merit in 2004

David Kurtz, right, receiving the School of Music Alumni Certificate of Merit in 2004, with Dean Robert Blocker

David Kurtz ’80MM, a composer and lyricist, has been nominated for three Emmy Awards.

One nomination is for Outstanding Achievement In Music Direction And Composition For A Drama Series; Kurtz, along with fellow composer Jack Allocco and music supervisors Mike Dobson and Bryan Harrison, was nominated for his work on The Young and the Restless. Kurtz also received two nominations in the category of Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series: one for “All My Days Filled with You” and the other for “For All Time,” both co-written with Jack Allocco. MORE

Published May 15, 2009
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