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Robert Blocker reappointed as Dean of Yale School of Music

blockerUniversity President Peter Salovey announced recently that Robert Blocker will be reappointed to a fifth term as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music. The new five-year term will be effective July 1, 2016.

In a message to the University community, Salovey wrote: “This renewal is a reflection of Dean Blocker’s record as a transformative leader who has advanced the school—and the university more broadly—in significant ways. As dean, he has galvanized philanthropic support for music at Yale including the landmark gift that made the school tuition free; set new standards of educational excellence by recruiting world-class members of the faculty; and led our efforts to renovate and develop the school’s facilities—projects that will have impact on generations of musicians to come.” MORE

Published September 11, 2015
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William Gardiner wins American Composers Forum National Composition Contest

gardiner_williamComposer William Gardiner ’13 MM, ’15 MMA has been named one of three winners of the 2015 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest. The winners were announced by the American Composers Forum in partnership with the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble wild Up. The members of the ensemble selected the three winning composers from a pool of 450 applicants.

The winners each receive a monetary prize and are currently finishing their pieces, eight to ten minutes each, for wild Up to perform this September at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT). American Composers Forum will also host two open rehearsals with wild Up and the winners at LA City Colleges’ Clausen Recital Hall. MORE

Published July 8, 2015
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Trombonist Matthew Russo joins UConn faculty, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

russo-mattMatthew Russo ’12 MM will join the University of Connecticut faculty in the 2015–2016 academic year as an instructor of trombone. Russo was also recently appointed principal trombone with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

Russo currently serves on the faculty at The Hartt School Community and Instrumental Studies divisions, where he is director of the Hartt Trombone Ensemble. MORE

Published June 22, 2015
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Henry Kramer to join Smith College faculty

kramer_henry_webPianist Henry Kramer ’13 AD, ’15 MMA was recently appointed the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in piano at Smith College.

Originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Henry Kramer is a budding presence on the concert stage both nationally and internationally. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2014 National Auditions, Mr. Kramer was also a top prizewinner in the 2010 National Chopin Competition, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the 2012 China Shanghai International Piano Competition, as well as the recipient of the Harvard Musical Association’s 2014 Arthur Foote Award. MORE

Published June 22, 2015
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Pianist Ronaldo Rolim wins third prize in Geza Anda International Competition

ronaldo-rolimPianist Rolando Rolim won both the third prize and the Schumann prize at the Géza Anda International Competition. Rolim is a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Muic, where he studies with Boris Berman.

The competition, founded in memory of Hungarian pianist Géza Anda, is held every three years in Zurich.

About Ronaldo Rolim

Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim is the winner of more than 30 awards in competitions around the globe. Recent accolades include top prizes at the Bösendorfer, San Marino ,and James Mottram International Piano Competitions. Ronaldo has performed extensively in his native Brazil, as well as in the United States, Mexico, South Korea, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria, having played at prestigious venues in four different continents, such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Steinway Hall (London), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea), among others. MORE

Published June 18, 2015
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Noël Wan wins second prize in Korea International Harp Competition

noel-wanThe first-ever Korea International Harp Competition was held in Seoul May 23–26, 2015. In the Young Professional Division, Noël Wan ’16 MM won second prize. Wan is a student of June Han at the Yale School of Music.

Taiwanese-American harpist Noël Wan (1994) is an international prize winner and critically acclaimed concert artist whose “exquisite musicality, impeccable technique, and mature interpretation of music in different styles” has earned her the commendation of being “one of the best harpists in this generation” (Dan Yu). The first harpist to win the Carmel Music Society Instrumental Competition and the Pacific Musical Society Competition, Noël is also the youngest winner in the history of the Dutch Harp Festival Competition. Other accolades include First Prize in the 22nd and 25th Chi-mei Arts Award Competition, Second Prize in the 2013 Nippon International Harp Competition, the Aharon Zvi and Mara Propes Foundation Special Award, and the Forgotten Lore Prize in the 1st Dutch Harp Festival Competition. MORE

Published June 2, 2015
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POSTPONED: Career Strategies presents networking workshop April 28

Update 4/27: This workshop has been postponed to the fall semester.

Astrid BaumgardnerThe Office of Career Strategies will lead a workshop on networking skills on Tuesday, April 28. Astrid Baumgardner will lead the workshop, which will take place from 12:20 to 1:30 pm in Leigh Hall, Room 408.

The music business is a people business, and today’s musicians need to know how to create and sustain successful relationships through networking. The 70-minute workshop will teach the basics of effective networking.

Baumgardner writes: “We will cover the basic principles of networking, learn how to overcome the challenges to networking, and create an elevator pitch so that you know what to say when you meet people in networking situations.” The event will finish up with a role-playing exercise that gives participants the opportunity to practice their networking skills and then debrief the experience. MORE

Published April 20, 2015
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Workshop on April 20: Orchestral Opportunities in the 21st Century

Ken Cole

Ken Cole

On Monday, April 20, the Office of Career Strategies presents an event featuring Ken Cole, Vice President of Learning and Leadership at the League of American Orchestras. Cole will speak on Orchestral Opportunities in the 21st Century: Reaching Out Beyond the Performance Space.

Orchestras enjoyed a central and expanding role in American culture during much of the 20th century. Today, however, many are grappling with profound changes in the demand for live orchestral music — changes driven by shifting demographics, the rise of digital media, increased competition for consumers’ leisure time, and more. MORE

Published March 31, 2015
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Financial Life After Yale: Workshop on March 25

The office of career strategies announces another financial workshop on March 25 at 4:30pm. YSM students are welcome to join Yale Resident Fellow Steve Blum ’74 for a workshop called Financial Life After Yale.

In addition, Astrid Baumgardner, the head of career strategies at YSM, will present a section on how to project and plan for multiple revenue streams.

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of the following questions, this workshop is for you:

  • How do I plan for the long run?
  • How can I improve how I save/invest?
  • What rules of thumb might help me?
  • Tell me more about ETFs, IRAs, HSAs, Roth 401k’s and all those acronyms!
  • How do I build my credit score?
  • How do taxes affect how I save/invest?


Published March 2, 2015
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Yehudi Wyner elected president of Academy of Arts & Letters

Yehudi Wyner

Yehudi Wyner

Yehudi Wyner ’50BA, ’52MusB, ’53MusM has been elected president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He succeeds architect Henry N. Cobb and will serve a three-year term.

In his comments, Wyner said he reacted to the news of his election with “Surprise, astonishment, disbelief, and finally delight.” He was inducted into the prestigious, 250-member organization in 1999 and has served on its award juries and board of directors.

Wyner, who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for his piano concerto Chiavi in mano, has written over 100 works, ranging from liturgical services to theater music to orchestra pieces. He is also a solo pianist and chamber musician and, since 1968, the keyboard player for the Bach Aria Group. MORE

Published February 28, 2015
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