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Yale welcomes composer/conductor John Adams for weeklong residency

John Adams

John Adams

Renowned American composer and conductor John Adams will return to the university in his multiple roles as composer, conductor, and thinker during a weeklong residency Oct. 12–19. Events include a panel discussion and two concerts in which Adams will conduct the Yale Philharmonia and the Brentano String Quartet.

The panel discussion will include Peter Salovey, president of Yale, and Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale School of Music. It will take place 1–2:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St). The event is free and open to the public.

The residency will culminate in two concerts featuring Adams conducting the Yale Philharmonia in his own music alongside works by Stravinsky and Beethoven. “There is nothing particularly new about one composer internalizing the music of another and ‘making it his own,’” noted Adams. “Composers are drawn to another’s music to the point where they want to live in it, and that can happen in a variety of fashions.” MORE

Published October 1, 2014
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Faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis selected for Copland House Residency

theofanidisComposer Christopher Theofanidis ’97DMA was recently selected for a Copland House Residency during the 2013–14 season.

Copland House announced recently that eight gifted American composers from five states and Great Britain have been selected for the coveted all-expenses-paid residencies at Aaron Copland’s home. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is located in the lower Hudson Valley of New York. MORE

Published October 14, 2013
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Andrew Norman ’09AD becomes composer in residence at Opera Philadelphia

norman_andrewAndrew Norman ’09AD has been selected to join Opera Philadelphia’s renowned Composer in Residence program. The program, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, is adding a third young composer to its ranks.

Norman, a composer of chamber and orchestral music, was chosen from over 100 applicants for the position, which offers the opportunity to follow a personalized development track focused on advancing his career as an operatic composer. MORE

Published September 26, 2013
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Sleeping Giant Composers Collective receives Music Alive residency

The Sleeping Giant Composers Collective, which formed at the Yale School of Music, was selected to participate in the Music Alive program. The members of the collective, all YSM alumni, are Timothy Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman. Their residency with the Albany Sympony

Five orchestras in five states were selected to participate in the 2013–14 Music Alive program, including the Albany Symphony. The residency will bring in the Sleeping Giant Collective, which consists of six YSM alumni composers: Timothy Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman. MORE

Published June 14, 2013
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BMOP names Andrew Norman ’09AD as new composer in residence

Andrew Norman ’09AD has been named the new Composer-in-Residence for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).

BMOP is dedicated to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music. It was one of five orchestras nationwide selected for an extended Music Alive residency, a program of Meet the Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League. Andrew Norman will be the 2011–2013 Music Alive Composer-in-Residence.

In making the announcement, BMOP cited Norman’s “wit, clarity and vigor, as evident in his music.”

Norman said he is “thrilled to be working with BMOP for the next two seasons.” During the two-year residency, BMOP will commission a large symphonic work from him scheduled to premiere in 2013.

In addition, BMOP will record some of Andrew’s pieces for a prospective BMOP/sound album.  Building on his past successful residences, Andrew will engage the Boston community by steering BMOP’s educational outreach programs, Club Concerts series, and composer collective, The Score Board.

About Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman (b. 1979) is a composer of chamber and orchestral music. His symphonic works have been described as “wonderfully variegated” (New York Times), and the Boston Globe cited him as a composer who is “willing to mix things up.”  His works have been commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Heidelberg Philharmonic. MORE

Published December 12, 2011
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Aaron Jay Kernis is DePauw University’s Composer-in-Residence for 2011

91015The DePauw University School of Music announced that composer Aaron Jay Kernis, a member of the Yale School of Music faculty, will begin a residency under the auspices of the “Music of the 2st Century” series on Wednesday, March 2. During his residency, Kernis will participate in classes, sit in on rehearsals, and spend time in studio sessions. His visit will culminate with a final concert on Sunday, March 6 in the Green Center for the Performing Arts.

Kernis is the winner of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and one of the youngest composers ever to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times has cited his “fearless originality [and] powerful voice.”

Music of the 21st Century, an annual event at DePauw, brings some of the world’s most outstanding and recognized composers to work side-by-side with the students at the DePauw School of Music. Previous visitors have included Joan Tower, Samuel Adler, Chen-Yi, Jake Heggie, George Crumb, Augusta Read Thomas, Tania León, Frederic Rzewski and Martin Bresnick.

In preparation for Kernis’ visit as composer-in-residence, students have been studying and practicing many of his works that will be performed in a series of concerts throughout the week.

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Published February 24, 2011
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