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YSM student Stephen Feigenbaum receives Special Distinction at ASCAP Competition

Feigenbaum portrait orientation low resolution for WebOn January 13, 2014 the ASCAP Foundation awarded Stephen Feigenbaum special distinction for his 11-minute work for orchestra, My Shade, which he submitted to the 34th Annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize.

The award, which honors the memory of Dr. Rudolf Nissim and his dedication to to concert composers, is a prize of $5,000 in cash presented to the best score submitted. This year, there were nearly 270 entries. Nissim, a former head of ASCAP’s International Department, established the prize, which is presented annual to an ASCAP concert composer for a work that has not been performed professionally. MORE

Published April 9, 2014
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New Music New Haven features faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis in Apr. 30 concert

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The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The concert features faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis and his 2011 piece da L’Arte della Danssar, written for the unusual combination of soprano, flute, viola, harp, and percussion.

The concert also features new music by graduate composers in the School of Music’s prestigious composition program: Stephen Feigenbaum,  William Gardiner,  Michael Holloway,  Bálint Karosi, and  Brendon Randall-Myers.

Kernis’s piece, translated in English as From the Art of Dance, is inspired by the music and dance of Renaissance Italy. Kernis said, “Over the course of my composing life I’ve been repeatedly drawn to dance, and my works are full of references to it. This most recent group of works draws upon my fascination with mid–15th-century texts and music of that time (and slightly later), which I very happily channeled.” MORE

Published April 12, 2013
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American Academy of Arts and Letters honors Yale composers

Awardees include Steven Burke ’94MM, Ted Hearne ’08MM, ’09MMA, and Stephen Feigenbaum ’12BA, ’13MM

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The American Academy of Arts and Letters, an honor society whose members members are elected as the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the United States, have announced the sixteen recipients for this year’s awards in music. This year, three Yale School of Music composers are among the recipients of these prestigious awards. The candidates for music awards are nominated by the Academy’s 250 members and selected by a committee. Steven Burke ’94MM will receive one of four Arts and Letters Award in Music. This award honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. Recipients are given additional funds to support the recording of one work. Ted Hearne ’08MM, ’09MMA is one of two composers to be awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship. Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Ives’ music, which has enabled the Academy to give these awards in composition since 1970. Stephen Feigenbaum, ’12BA, ’13MM, is a recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship. The award is given to composition students of great promise; this year, six young composers received the scholarship. Each year, the Academy honors over 50 composers, artists, architects, and writers with cash awards ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May.  MORE

Published March 6, 2013
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Reflections on Bach brings together old and new in Feb. 27 concert

UPDATE: This concert was originally scheduled for February 13. It will take place Wednesday, February 27.

Graduate composers collaborate with Yale Baroque Ensemble

The Yale School of Music presents “Reflections on Bach,” a collaboration between the Yale Baroque Ensemble and graduate composers on Wednesday, February 27 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert will include new compositions as well as music by J.S. Bach.

Six up-and-coming composers – Daniel Schlosberg, Paul Kerekes, Benjamin Wallace, Balint Karosi, Stephen Feigenbaum, and William Gardiner – have each chosen a Bach piece as a model to reflect upon in music. The concert will pair the chosen Bach work with the new composition that it inspired.

The composers are all graduate students in YSM’s composition program, directed by faculty composer Martin Bresnick. The members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble are Edson Scheid and Holly Piccoli, baroque violin; Soo Jin Chung, baroque cello; and David Fung, keyboards.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by baroque violinist Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble at the Yale School of Music dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Using the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments’ set of new baroque instruments, members of the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785 to create idiomatic and virtuosic performances of this music.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble plays on the YCMI’s collection of new baroque string instruments made by Jason Viseltear of New York City, after del Gesù, Amati, and Testore. Bows are also from the YCMI collection, made by David Hawthorne and Christopher English after seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century originals.

Admission to the performance is free. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published February 4, 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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Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho featured in New Music New Haven concert April 12

“She is, quite simply, one of the most original compositional voices of our time.”
— Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring guest composer Kaija Saariaho on Thursday, April 12. Saariaho’s pieces Serenatas and Terrestre will be performed alongside new works by students in the School of Music’s prestigious composition program. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

Saariaho describes Serenatas – a collection of five small pieces for cello, piano, and percussion – as “sometimes sweet, sometimes tormented.” “The attitude of the musicians,” she says, should be as “devoted as it would be when playing a serenade to a lover…”

Terrestre is a reworking for solo flute with violin, cello, harp, and percussion) of the second movement of the two-movement flute concerto Aile du songe (Wing of Dream), which itself was inspired by a collection of poems called Oiseaux (Birds) by Saint-John Perse.

The concert will also feature music by graduate composers from the Yale School of Music: Jordan Kuspa’s Picaresque Episodes for trombone quartet; Stephen Feigenbaum’s Sonata for double bass and piano (with Matthew Rosenthal, bass, and Lee Dionne, piano); Daniel Schlosberg’s Once (with Shawn Moore, violin, and Colin Brookes, viola); Justin Tierney’s Escritura del Dios (with Dashon Burton, bass-baritone); and Fay Wang’s Monodrama of Old Heaven. MORE

Published March 26, 2012
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