YSM Student News | December 2018

Maura Scanlin

Tenor Luis Aguilar ’18MM ’19MMA, bass-baritone Brady Muth ’19MM, mezzo-soprano Rachel Weishoff ’19MMA, and soprano Laura Nielsen ’20MM, were the soloists for the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Hartford Chorale.

San Jittakarn ’19MMA won third prize and Yun Lu ’20MM was one of eight semifinalists in the piano division of the 2018 Geneva International Music Competition.

Violinist Bora Kim ’16MM ’17MMA ’23DMA performed with the Sejong Soloists at Carnegie Hall in November for the ensemble’s Annual Gala Concert, which included works by Wagner, Vivaldi, Ewazen, and a premiere by Augusta Read Thomas MM.

Violinist Julia Mirzoev ’20MM was featured as a soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364, with the Durham Youth Orchestra in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

Violinist Maura Scanlin ’19MM has recorded albums with her two folk bands. The Celtic fiddle/guitar duo Rakish released a self-titled debut EP in October, and Pumpkin Bread, an experimental group that blends Celtic folk and jazz, will release its second album in March 2019.

Xiaoyi Xu ’20MMA placed third and Po-Wei Ger ’20MM placed fifth at the Panama International Piano Competition.

Published December 13, 2018
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YSM Alumni News | November 2018

Molly Joyce. Photo by Nadine Sherman

Flutist Amanda Baker ’00MM returned to Yale in April 2018 to become Senior Associate Director for Young Alumni for the Yale Alumni Fund. She was also a guest lecturer this spring at the University of Hartford, where she taught “Entrepreneurship in the Arts,” and continues to teach flute at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Double Bassist Mark Elliot Bergman ’97MM received a Performing Arts Fellowship in Music from the Wyoming Arts Council, one of four recipients in the state. Bergman’s winning original compositions include Ondine, The Temple, and Shenandoah Suite, a string trio commemorating the 75th anniversary of the founding of Shenandoah National Park.

Violist Emily Grace Brandenburg ’17MMA was named Administrative Assistant at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. MORE

Published November 7, 2018
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Alumnus Matthew Plenk joins voice faculty of Lamont School of Music

Matthew PlenkTenor Matthew Plenk ’06 MM, ’07 AD has been appointed Assistant Professor of Voice with the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

This season Mr. Plenk performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and in its productions of Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He also appears in the Cleveland Orchestra’s performances of Strauss’ Daphne.  MORE

Published March 20, 2015
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Yale-trained opera singer Eric Barry joins Mizuno JPX golf team

barry_eric_webBy Joe Amarante • New Haven Register

Growing up in tiny Sundown, Texas, opera singer Eric Barry would find solace toward the end of a hard day by hitting golf balls from his front lawn to the first hole of the golf course across the street.

“And I’d take my putter and an 8 iron, and I’d play holes 2, 3, 4 and 5, and I’d walk back home,” Barry said.

At 33, Barry brings the same approach to golf as he does to singing. And he recently was rewarded for that connection, being chosen by Mizuno to be part of Team JPX, a 12-person roster of “game-improvement” amateurs to be featured in its Play Famously marketing campaign. MORE

Published September 2, 2014
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Winners of the 2010 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition Announced

Carl Oswald, oboe

Winners will perform with the Yale Philharmonia next season

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the results of the 2010 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. The competition took place on Saturday, April 10, and featured instrumentalists and vocalists selected by the faculty through departmental preliminaries. The three guest judges for this year’s competition were Julia Lichten, professor of cello at  the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase, and a member of Orpheus; Paul Rutman, professor of piano at The Hartt School; and Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at the Juilliard School and SUNY Stony Brook.

The three winners will appear as soloists with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale next season.

The 2010 winners, in alphabetical order, are:

Nathaniel Chase
Koussevitsky: Double Bass Concerto

Carl Oswald
Strauss: Oboe Concerto

Tyler Simpson
Strauss: Notturno

Published April 16, 2010
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Joseph Mikolaj ’10MM wins the Solo Competition of the Oratorio Society of New York

Joseph Mikolaj, a student of James Taylor at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Yale School of Music, took first prize at the New York Oratorio Society’s Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition on April 10. Mikolaj, a tenor, performed selections from Haydn’s Creation and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

In 1975, the Oratorio Society of New York inaugurated an annual Solo Competition, designed to encourage the art of oratorio singing and to give talented young singers an opportunity to advance their careers. The Competition has become international in scope, and well-known in the music world.

Since the Competition’s inception, more than 3,400 singers have competed.  The judges have chosen nearly 100 winners, awarding thousands of dollars in cash prizes. In addition, over 65 performance contracts have been awarded to Competition winners to appear in concert with the Society; many have also been awarded contracts with other major musical organizations.

The Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition is held in New York City every year during March and April. More than $15,000 in cash prizes are awarded, along with possible contracts for oratorio performances in New York City. The Solo Competition is open to singers of all nationalities who were born after December 31, 1969 and who have not made a formal oratorio debut in a major concert hall. Mikolaj was the youngest musician to compete in this year’s event.

Published April 15, 2010
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“Love and Separation” with tenor James Taylor

Program includes music of Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann

The Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music present a Faculty Artist Series recital by acclaimed tenor James Taylor on Sunday, January 25 at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College St at Wall St). Taylor, who teaches voice at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and directs the Yale Voxtet, will perform with pianist Donald Sulzen, an internationally sought-after accompanist and chamber musician.  Their program’s theme is “Love and Separation,” and will include Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 9, Shubert’s  song cycle Auf dem Wasser zu Singen, and Schumann’s beloved song cycle Dichterliebe. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, www.yale.edu/music, or call 203 432-4158.taylor_v

The American lyric tenor James Taylor joined the Yale faculty in 2005 after serving as professor of voice at the Musikhochschule in Augsburg, Germany. He is a sought-after oratorio singer, appearing worldwide with such renowned conductors as Eschenbach, Harnoncourt, Blomstedt, and Koopman, and touring extensively with Helmuth Rilling. He has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and Tafelmusik.  His more than thirty-five CD recordings include Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and the songs of John Duke. Taylor is one of the founders of Liedertafel, a male vocal quartet that has appeared in major European festivals and recorded for the Orfeo label. Recent engagements include Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the New York Philharmonic, and Britten’s Horn Serenade with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Donald Sulzen is one of the most requested pianists for accompanying and chamber music at the international level. He has performed in the most prestigious recital halls of Europe, the USA, South America, and Japan. His numerous performances on radio and television include stations in Germany, France, and Italy. He has completed more than thirty CDs for Orfeo International, Toshiba-EMI, Koch International, Genuin, Arte Nova, cpo and Amati.  After teaching for several years at the Salzburg Mozarteum, he now teaches at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst.  He has also given master classes for singers and pianists throughout America and Europe.

Published January 28, 2009
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