YSM announces revamped B.A./M.M. degree program

High-school students can now apply to the Yale School of Music’s bachelor of arts/master of music program. Previously open only to Yale College students making plans for graduate school, the revamped degree path allows high-school students to plan simultaneously for college and graduate school. The program is designed for outstanding instrumentalists who are also interested in pursuing a liberal-arts education.

As had been and remains the case, Yale College students can apply to the program during their junior year. Now, high-school students everywhere can apply to attend college and graduate school at Yale. That is, admission to the five-year program is through acceptance into both Yale College and the School of Music, either after the third year of the College’s bachelor of arts program or before matriculation into Yale College.

The program, in its expanded form, offers undergraduates the opportunity to spread master’s-degree course requirements and study with YSM faculty over the course of five years. Similarly, Yale College students who begin the program in their senior year can complete some requirements toward their master’s degrees before graduating and enrolling at the School of Music.

The revamped B.A./M.M. program should be particularly appealing to pre-college students who might otherwise have trouble deciding whether to go the conservatory or university route. YSM’s B.A./M.M. degree offers students the opportunity to pursue both degrees at the highest levels of education, and at the only music school in the Ivy League.

Among those who’ve taken advantage of the program are Philadelphia Orchestra assistant conductor Kensho Watanabe ’09BS ’10MM, who studied biology at Yale College and violin at YSM, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Victor Wang ’14BS ’15MM, who also studied biology at Yale College and received his master’s degree from YSM.


Published August 15, 2017
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Yale’s Friends of Music Undergraduate Competition presents its two winners in Sudler Hall February 21

Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and violinist Jessica Oddie to perform in recital

A recital in Sudler Hall will feature soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and violinist Jessica Oddie, the two winners of the annual Friends of Music at Yale Undergraduate Competition. The recital will take place at 3 pm on Sunday, February 21, 2010 in Sudler Recital Hall in WL Harkness Hall. Both performers are undergraduates in Yale College who study with Yale School of Music faculty.

Lucy Fitz Gibbon

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano

Fitz Gibbon, who is a guest artist in Yale Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, will perform Poulenc’s Fiançailles pour rire, Richard Strauss’s Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op. 67, and Elliott Carter’s Warble for lilac-time, written in 1943.

Oddie, a winner of several violin competitions who has soloed with such ensembles as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, will perform two movements from Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin; three short pieces by Fritz Kreisler; Saint-Saens’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; and Brahms’s Sonatensatz. The two will perform together in Mozart’s Schon lacht der holde Frühling, KV 580, for soprano, violin, and piano. They will be joined by pianist Ryan McCullough, a graduate student at the University of Southern California.


Published February 12, 2010
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