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Two YSM alumni are among Copland House’s CULTIVATE Fellows for 2015

nazaykinskaya_polinaCopland House recently announced the fellows chosen to participate this June in CULTIVATE, its acclaimed, annual emerging composers institute. Two YSM alumni are among the six composers selected: Michael Gilbertson and Polina Nazaykinskaya. They were chosen out of nearly 85 applicants from 25 states by a distinguished composer panel comprised of CULTIVATE director Derek Bermel; BBC Masterprize winner Pierre Jalbert, a two-time Copland House resident; and Fulbright Scholar Dalit Warshaw.

CULTIVATE, an all-scholarship intensive creative workshop and mentoring program, will take place June 1–7 in northern Westchester County, N.Y., at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in Cortlandt Manor and at the Merestead estate in nearby Mount Kisco. Launched in 2012, it has quickly become a coveted destination for highly gifted composers on the threshold of their professional careers. MORE

Published May 15, 2015
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Alumna Polina Nazaykinskaya awarded Soros Fellowship for New Americans

nazaykinskaya_polinaComposer Polina Nazaykinskaya ’10 MM, ’13 AD has been awarded the 2015 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She is one of thirty selected from a wide variety of fields to receive the fellowship, which provides tuition and living expenses for a graduate degree program. Nazaykinskaya is currently pursuing her doctorate in composition at the City University of New York.

The announcement noted that “this outstanding group of New Americans includes researchers, mathematicians, writers, scientists, translors, musicians, entrepreneurs, and future doctors and lawyers.” The fellows hail from more than twenty countries. MORE

Published April 15, 2015
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Yale alumni win awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

Harold Meltzer | Photo by Emily Greta Tabourin

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the recipients of this year’s awards in music. Several Yale alumni are among the winners.

The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Joan Tower (chairman), Samuel Adler, Martin Boykan, Mario Davidovsky, Stephen Hartke, Stephen Jaffe, and Aaron Jay Kernis. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Harold Meltzer ’97MMA, ’00DMA and Kevin Puts ’96MM were among the four winners of the Arts and Letters Awards in Music. The $10,000 awards honor outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledge composers who have arrived at their own voices. Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work.  MORE

Published March 3, 2015
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Zephyrus Project Orchestra’s RiteNow Set for this Sunday

Broadway World
Classical Music Desk

On Sunday November 17th at 8pm, conductor Paolo Bortolameolli will lead the 90-piece Zephyrus Project Orchestra in a performance of RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. This one-time-only performance will take place at Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street (corner of College & Grove), New Haven, CT. Admission is free. Complete info is here.

RiteNow will include works by composers Fay Kueen Wang, Justin Tierney, Matthew Welch, Benjamin Wallace, Daniel Schlosberg, Gleb Kanasevich, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Paul Kerekes. Production designer Solomon Weisbard will create an immersive environmental design, and costumes will be created by Ksenia Zhuleva. MORE

Published November 14, 2013
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NH Register: 8 composers’ take on Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ in Yale’s Woolsey Hall

New Haven Register

By Donna Doherty

NEW HAVEN >> One hundred years ago, the riot in the streets that greeted the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” ushered in a work now considered to be one of the most important pieces of 20th-century music.

It’s safe to say that there won’t be any rioting outside Woolsey Hall on Nov. 17 at 8 p.m., when the 85-member Zephyrus Project Orchestra pays tribute to the work with its only performance of “RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring.’” Admission is free. MORE

Published November 12, 2013
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New Music New Haven presents Theofanidis premiere Oct. 4

“Theofanidis is an unusually skilled, communicative composer.”
–Baltimore Sun

The Yale School of Music presents the world premiere of Allegory of the Cave by faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis on Thursday, October 4, 2012. The piece, written for string quartet and piano, will be performed by recent graduates of the School of Music, including .

“Theofanidis is an unusually skilled, communicative composer,” says the Baltimore Sun. “What impresses me about Theofanidis,” adds the Washington Post, “is his ability to blend several musical languages once thought to be mutually exclusive… the results are enormously attractive.”

The concert, which is part of the New Music New Haven series, will also present new works by five graduate composers: Stephen Feigenbaum, William Gardiner, Paul Kerekes, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Daniel Schlosberg.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. MORE

Published September 21, 2012
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Four YSM composers advance in Project440

Timothy Andres

The first round of composers to advance in Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 was announced live on New York Public Radio yesterday morning. Four Yale School of Music composers were among those advancing to the next round: Timothy Andres, Judd Greenstein, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Andrew Norman. Preben Antonsen, an undergraduate in Yale College, also advanced.

The project, which began with 60 composer candidates and will conclude with the selection of four Orpheus commission recipients later this year, offers the public a rare glimpse into the ways new commissions come to be. Yesterday’s announcement narrowed the field from 60 nominees down to 30. a subsequent round of elimination on September 9 will see 12 candidates advance to the final round, and the four winners will be announced in mid-October.

Orpheus designed Project 440 in keeping with the passion for new music and for transparency of the creative process that has been a hallmark of the orchestra since its inception in 1972. The project is documented online on the WQXR website, where fans and members of the public have engaged in lively debate about each of the candidates and Project 440 as a whole.


Published August 5, 2010
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YSM student & alumni composers and Project 440

Andy Akiho '11MM

Several Yale School of Music composers will participate in WXQR’s groundbreaking Project 440, where composers from all over the country will compete for a commission from the world-famous Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City.

Sixty candidates were posted in the month of June, including several YSM alumni and students: Andy Akiho ’11MM, Timothy Andres ’07BA, ’09MM, Judd Greenstein ’04MM, Ted Hearne ’08MMA, Polina Nazaykinskaya ’10MM, Andrew Norman ’09AD,  and John Orfe ’01MM, ’02MMA, ’09DMA.

Two more rounds will reduce the number of candidates from sixty to thirty, and from thirty to twelve; finally, four winners will be chosen in October 2010.

In the meantime, each candidate will have a bio and audio clips posted on the WXQR website, giving home listeners the chance to weigh in on their favorite composers. The final judging will be done by Orpheus, but opinions from the website will be taken into consideration.

Polina Nazaykinskaya ’10MM

With both popular feedback and professional judging, Project 440 is  a celebration of the best of America’s musical talents.


Published July 30, 2010
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New Music New Haven features composer Bernard Rands

Rands - photo by Jack MitchellNew Music New Haven presents a concert featuring composer Bernard Rands on Thursday, October 8 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. Rands, a professor at Harvard, is the winner of such accolades as the Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award. The program will feature Rands’ virtuosic Concertino for solo oboe and mixed ensemble, and “now again” for mezzo-soprano and ensemble. Rands favors unconventional combinations of instruments: the ensemble for Concertino consists of flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet, and that for “now again” includes flute, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, harp, violin, viola, cello, and soprano and alto singers. The text of “now again” compiles fragments of poetry from Sappho.

The concert will also premiere new works by two Yale School of Music composers. Jordan Kuspa’s Lemonade Battery for chamber orchestra will open the evening’s program. Following it will be Polina Nazaykinskaya’s Real April for soprano, baritone, and ensemble, based on the poetry of Jordan Jacks and Laura Marris. MORE

Published September 24, 2009
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New Music New Haven: Yale Percussion Group performs David Lang

Concert also features diverse music by eight other Yale composers

langDavid Lang, renowned as the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music, is the featured faculty composer in the next New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, April 30 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The world-renowned Yale Percussion Group will perform music by Lang, who was appointed to the Yale School of Music faculty in the fall of 2008. Other works on the program cover a broad range of media and thematic content, from Timo Andres’s Fast Flows the River for MIDI keyboard and cello, to Richard Harrold’s Two Studies for Guitar Duo. Themes of water and ice are explored in Naftali Schindler’s Water Tropes for string quartet, sampler, and Tuvan throat singer, and in Ted Hearne’s THAW for percussion quartet, a piece that imagines the sensation of being immersed in a block of ice. MORE

Published April 6, 2009
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