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School holds opening Convocation Sep. 3

YSM-Convocation-103At the Yale School of Music’s annual Convocation, which took place Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Morse Recital Hall, Provost Benjamin Polak installed the incoming class of YSM students. Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music, hosted the event and honored several attendees.

Gregory E. Sterling, Dean of the Yale Divinity School, gave the invocation. Dean Blocker recognized Paul Berry, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Music History. Berry was one of only ten recipients of the Provost’s inaugural Teaching Prize (story here).

YSM-Convocation-039Dean Blocker conferred the Cultural Leadership Citation upon Dorothy K. Robinson, Vice President and General Counsel of the University. MORE

Published September 5, 2014
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Clarinet Kaleidoscope concert features David Shifrin with graduate students and alumni May 5

David Shifrin in a lesson with Emil Khudyev. Photo by Bob Handelman.

The Yale School of Music will present a Clarinet Kaleidoscope Concert on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 5 pm in Sudler Recital Hall in W.L. Harkness Hall (100 Wall St., adjacent to Sprague Hall). The concert is the brainchild of David Shifrin, who is a clarinet professor at the School of Music as well as the artistic director of both the Chamber Music Society at Yale and the Yale in New York concert series. Shifrin will perform alongside four of his graduate students in clarinet: Soojin Huh ’11MM, Emil Khudyev ’11MM, Wai Lau ’12MM, and Sara Wollmacher ’11MM. Guest artists include Vincent Oneppo ’73MM, recently retired from the staff of the School of Music, and Paul Cho ’09MM, ’10AD.

The concert will feature the clarinet septet Lobgesang by faculty composer Joan Panetti. The work is dedicated to Keith Wilson, who preceded David Shifrin on the Yale School of Music clarinet faculty. Another highlight will be Mozart’s Adagio in B-flat major for two clarinets and three basset horns. There will be duos by Poulenc and Andrzej Anweiler and quintets by Mozart, Dvorák, and Strauss. The program will also feature numerous arrangements of works such as Joplin rags, Piazzola tangos, Gershwin’s “Summertime” and “Somebody Loves Me,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” and more.

Published April 20, 2011
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Yale Philharmonia offers four 20th-century works for chamber orchestra in Sprague Hall Feb. 26-27

Program features the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring

Phil_Chamber_Orch_blogThe Yale Philharmonia, the premier ensemble of the Yale School of Music, will present two concerts of music for chamber orchestra on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The program, which is the same each night, belies the twentieth century’s reputation for difficult music: all four pieces are tonal and among the era’s most approachable repertoire. Shinik Hahm, the conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, will lead both performances.

The program opens with Stravinsky’s neo-classical chamber concerto Dumbarton Oaks (1937-8), inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Closing the first half is the original version of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, scored for 13 instruments. The ever-popular work won Copland the 1945 Pulitzer Prize. Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1928) will feature soloist Paul Won Jin Cho, a winner of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The concert will conclude with Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for string orchestra.


Published February 10, 2010
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YSM students successful in 2009 Koussevitzky Young Artists Awards


Flutist Yoobin Son ’09MM won second prize and clarinetist Paul Won Jin Cho ’09MM took home third in the 2009 Koussevitzky Young Artists Awards.

Cho performed the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto, the same piece with which he recently won the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition at Yale.

Every spring, the Musicians Club of New York holds a competition for young artists between the ages of eighteen and thirty. The categories – Voice, Piano, Strings, and Winds/Brass – are rotated annually; the 2009 category was Winds and Brass. Cash prizes and concert performances are awarded to the first, second and third prize winners, selected by juries of prominent musicians. MORE

Published April 23, 2009
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Winners of the 2009 Woolsey Concerto Competition Announced

Katherine HyunThe Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the results of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Competition, held on March 28. In this annual event, the varied departments of the School of Music – from piano to winds and brass, from strings to percussion –  select a total of 20 finalists to compete for the privilege of performing as a soloist with the Yale Philharmonia in the 2009-10 season. Judges Melvin Chen, Robert Fitzpatrick, and Christopher Zimmerman selected three winners from the finalists.

In alphabetical order, the winners are:

Paul Won-Jin Cho: Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto

Ji-Yun Han: Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1

Katherine Hyun (pictured): Walton, Violin Concerto


Published April 2, 2009
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