Inside YSM: Noah Kay ’18MM, oboe

Noah Kay

Oboist Noah Kay ’18MM recently talked with us about being drawn to YSM and Prof. Stephen Taylor’s studio by his experiences at the Yale Summer School of Music / Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and about his time, so far, here at Yale. Here’s what Noah had to say.

“Attending Norfolk in the summer of 2014 definitely fueled my interest in Yale and what it has to offer. Having the opportunity to work in close quarters with such great faculty and students in such a great environment was really beneficial, and it opened my eyes to how enriching an experience playing chamber music can be. Prof. Taylor’s attitude toward music is something that really attracted me to his studio. Having spent a semester here, I can say that I really value the fact that he approaches everything with humor. The oboe can be a tremendously stressful instrument (mostly because of our reed-making plight), and he has taught me how to stay upbeat and positive even when things are not going as smoothly as I’d like. Lessons with him are all about diving deep into the music and figuring out how to polish an interpretation even further, and my mental process when practicing or learning a piece has taken on much more refinement as a result. MORE

Published March 24, 2017
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Frankl and colleagues present celebratory recital Feb 6

Peter Frankl, piano

Peter Frankl, piano

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert celebrating Peter Frankl‘s 80th birthday year on Saturday, February 6 at 4:00 pm.

Frankl, a pianist, will team up with fellow YSM faculty members Ani Kavafian, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; Frank Morelli, bassoon; William Purvis, horn; and Janna Baty, soprano. In various configurations, they will perform music from Schumann and Saint-Saëns to Dohnányi and Dutilleux.

The program opens with three duets: Camille Saint-Saëns‘ Five Songs for oboe d’amore and piano; Robert Schumann‘s Three Romances for bassoon and piano; and Henri Dutilleux‘s Choral, Cadence et Fugato for trombone and piano. MORE

Published January 12, 2016
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Wind faculty reunite with Keith Wilson

By David Shifrin, professor of clarinet

On Sunday, three Yale School of Music faculty members had the opportunity to perform in a chamber music concert in Menlo California called “The Winds of France.” This concert was part of a tour for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and will be repeated today on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at Yale.

Stephen Taylor, oboe; William Purvis, horn; and I were absolutely thrilled when we heard that Professor Emeritus Keith Wilson was in the audience.

Keith Wilson has been living in Palo Alto for the past several years and recently celebrated his 95th birthday. Wilson is one of the great single most important figures in the history of the Yale School of Music. In a long and distinguished career, Mr. Wilson served as professor of clarinet and chamber music as well as director of the Yale Bands. He was also the associate dean of the School of Music and the director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music.

In 1999 Keith Wilson was awarded the School of Music’s highest honor, the Sanford Medal. He also received the Gustav Stoeckel Award, which is named after the first music professor at Yale and honors faculty who have contributed to the life of the School of Music.

To learn that he had made had made the effort to support his Yale faculty protégés by coming to our concert on a rainy afternoon in February was uplifting, inspiring, and totally in character for the Keith Wilson we know and love.

Published February 14, 2012
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Winds of France to serenade concertgoers Feb. 14

Featuring the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, “a jewel in this nation’s musical crown”

The Yale School of Music presents Winds of France, a concert of French chamber music, on Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day. The performers are part of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, called “a marvelous ensemble… committed and passionate” by the San Francisco Classical Voice. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

“It would be hard to name more superior proponents of their instruments than the members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,” writes the Post-Gazette. Three of the performers are also Yale faculty: Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; and William Purvis, horn. Rounding out the ensemble are Alessio Bax, piano; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; and Peter Kolkay, bassoon.

The concert features a variety of music for winds instruments, including two wind quintets: Jean Françaix’s Quintet from 1948, and Jacques Ibert’s Trois Pièces Brèves (three short pieces) from 1930.

The program also explores unfamiliar gems of the French repertoire, including Maurice Emmanuel’s Sonata for flute, clarinet, and piano, Op. 11 (1907) and Yan Maresz’s Circumambulation for flute (1993, rev. 1996).

All six performers will come together for the concert’s finale, Francis Poulenc’s Sextet for winds and piano (written 1932–39). MORE

Published January 18, 2012
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Yale in New York series offers a preview of Prokofiev Rediscovered: premieres and rarities

Among the three premieres is the unfinished opera Distant Seas and Music for Athletic Exercises, performed with dance

prokofiev_squareThe celebrated Yale in New York series offers a special preview concert of its Prokofiev Rediscovered program on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The program, which will also be presented in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 9, features premieres and rarely-performed works by one of the titans of twentieth-century music. Boris Berman, the acclaimed pianist and Prokofiev specialist who conceived the program, performs with faculty colleagues Ettore Causa, viola; Stephen Taylor, oboe; and Robert Blocker, piano, as well as distinguished alumni, student, and guest performers.

The concert will showcase three recently-discovered Prokofiev works: a fragment from the unfinished opera Distant Seas (1948) receives its world premiere, while Music for Athletic Exercises (1939) and the complete music from the ballet Trapeze (1924) will be heard in New Haven for the first time. In addition, Berman will be joined by Dean Robert Blocker in a rarely heard two-piano arrangement of a suite of Schubert waltzes. Music for Athletic Exercises will be performed with original choreography by the New York City Ballet’s Adam Hendrickson. The dancers, all part of the Adam Hendrickson Dance Project, are Elysia Dawn; Colby Damon, and Matthew Renko. The New York Times has raved that Mr. Hendrickson “is just about invincible: understated, enigmatic and full of eccentricity.”


Published January 26, 2010
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