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Jeb Wallace appointed Assistant Professor of Horn at Wichita State University

jeb wallaceJeb Wallace ’05 AD has been appointed to a joint position as principal horn with the Wichita Symphony and Assistant Professor of Horn at the Wichita State University School of Music. In addition to his orchestral and teaching duties, Wallace will perform with the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet and Wichita Brass Quintet, both faculty ensembles at WSU.

Previously, Wallace served as Associate Professor of Horn and Brass Area Coordinator at Utah Valley University. He has performed throughout the country including with numerous ensembles including the Utah Symphony, American Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, and Dallas Wind Symphony among others.

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Published May 3, 2016
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Samuel S. Suggs appointed Assistant Professor of Bass at James Madison University

suggs_bwCurrent doctoral student and YSM alumnus Samuel S. Suggs ’14 MM, will join the faculty of James Madison University School of Music as Assistant Professor of Bass; his appointment will begin in fall 2016.

Suggs’ impressive list of recent accomplishments includes a feature as Musical America’s Artist of the Month (October, 2015) and a first-place win at the 2015 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He is the only bassist to win the Beijing International Music Festival Competition and was the youngest principal bassist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

 

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Published May 2, 2016
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David Lang receives two David di Donatello Awards

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David Lang

Faculty member and alumnus David Lang ’83 MMA, ’89 DMA was recently recognized at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, receiving accolades for Best Score and Best Original Song for his soundtrack to Paolo Sorrentino’s film, Youth.

Lang also received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in the category of Best Original Song for “Simple Song No. 3” from the movie. The song, which was written as part of the score to the film “Youth,” was nominated among several trendy, chart-topping titles, including One Kind of Love, from Love and Mercy; See You Again, fromFurious 7; and Writing’s on the Wall from Spectre. Lang wrote both the lyrics and the music to the song.

Youth stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel, and is the story of a retired composer and conductor who, while on holiday with his best friend in the Swiss Alps, receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. The film has been described as exploring the eternal struggle of age and youth, the past and future, and life and death, as Caine and Keitel reflect on their lives.

Published April 30, 2016
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Seminole Trombone Quartet makes Carnegie Hall debut May 6

STQYSM alumni Stephen Ivany ’14 MM and Christopher Brown ’14 AD are set to make their Carnegie Hall debut with their ensemble Seminole Trombone Quartet on May 6 at 8 pm. The program, which takes place in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, features a world premiere by John Mackey alongside some of the best of the trombone quartet literature including works by Bach, Debussy, Koetsier, and more. The group will also be joined onstage by Ivany and Brown’s former teacher, YSM trombone professor Scott Hartman. STQ earned this prestigious performance opportunity by winning the recent “Noles in NYC” campaign.

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Published April 29, 2016
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Alumnus Mingzhe Wang appointed to Michigan State University faculty

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Mingzhe Wang

Clarinet alumnus Mingzhe Wang ’03 MM ’06 MMA ’12 DMA has been appointed Associate Professor of Clarinet in the College of Music at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Wang will join the faculty at MSU in August 2016.

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About Mingzhe Wang

Clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, native of Wuhan, China, first studied clarinet at the age of 9. His first public performance was at the age of 10 and by age 11 he was admitted to the Wuhan Conservatory and subsequently the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1997, Mr. Wang came to the US to study at the Harid Conservatory of Music at Lynn University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2001. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he also obtained his Masters degree and Artist Diploma. MORE

Published April 28, 2016
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Natalie Dietterich wins ASCAP Morton Gould Award

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Natalie Dietterich

Natalie Dietterich ’16 MM, has been named one of the receipients of the 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In addition to being recognized as one of this year’s winners, Dietterich is also the recipient of the Leo Kaplan Award, which was instituted in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor.

Congratulating the Award recipients, Paul Williams said, “These gifted young composers ranging in age from 14 to 30 represent the bright future of American concert music. We congratulate them and extend our great appreciation to the dedicated panel of ASCAP members who selected the winners from over 700 submissions.” The composers will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards event in September. MORE

Published April 19, 2016
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Argus Quartet performs at Carnegie Hall

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Argus Quartet

The Argus Quartet, current fellowship quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on April 15. The concert is part of the Kronos Quartet’s weeklong workshop for young professional string quartets to explore new works. These works are commissioned as part of Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a major commissioning initiative devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet. The workshop culminates in the Zankel Hall performance, which also features selections from one of Kronos’ signature works, Terry Riley’s Salome Dances for Peace.

In addition to the Riley, the concert includes music by Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Garth Knox, and Wu Man, and the Friction and Ligeti Quartets will also perform.

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(Buy one ticket and get the second one free with code KRO23736*. Doors open one hour early, and the first 200 concertgoers receive a voucher for a free drink.)

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Published April 12, 2016
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Wenbin Jin appointed Associate Director of Performing Arts for Keystone Academy

wenbin-jinPianist and YSM alum Wenbin Jin ’13 MM, ’15 AD has been appointed Associate Director of Performing Arts at the Keystone Academy in Beijing. His position, which also includes serving as the music instructor for the program, begins fall 2016. Located in Beijing’s Shunyi District, the Keystone Academy is one of China’s foremost private schools, serving students from primary through high school.

Wenbin Jin began playing the piano at the age of 5, was accepted into the China Central Conservatory of Music middle school program at 12, and entered Yale University under the tutelage of Boris Berman at the age of 18. He has performed around the world, including in the U.S., China, Holland, Italy, Canada, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, and Australia. Jin has won top prizes in all three major Chinese international piano competitions including the Shanghai, China, and Shenzhen International Piano Competitions.

 

Published April 11, 2016
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Yale Opera musicians win at Gerda Lissner Competition

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Galeano Salas

One of the most prestigious vocal competitions, the Gerda Lissner Competition, has recently announced its 2016 Prize Winners, including three singers from the Yale Opera program.

Tenor Galeano Salas ’13 MM was awarded a Top Prize of $15,000, mezzo-soprano Aleksandra Romano ’14 MM won a 1st Prize of $10,000, and current student and bass-baritone Pawel Konik won a 3rd Prize of $3,000. The singers who are awarded prizes will be featured in the Winner’s Concert on May 1, 2016 at 3PM, at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Recital Hall in New York City.

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Published April 9, 2016
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