YSM students receive grant from Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Venture Creation Program


Left to right: Igor Lichtmann, Jiwon Sun, Lydia Consilvio, Chris Garwood, and Felice Doynov

A group of five Yale School of Music students have received a grant from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s Venture Creation Program to create a Practice Portal designed to foster dialogue about effective approaches to practicing. The grant includes a $1,000 cash investment and enrollment in YEI’s five-week series of lean-startup workshops. Grantees are also connected with YEI’s network of mentors and a dedicated student Venture Creation Advisor from the Yale School of Management.

The YSM students — oboist Lydia Consilvio ’17MM, flutist Felice Doynov ’17MM, guitarists Chris Garwood ’17MM and Igor Lichtmann ’18MM, and violinist Jiwon Sun ’17MM — developed their project idea after having related discussions during a course taught by YSM’s coordinator of career strategies, Astrid Baumgardner.

“A huge part of our daily life consists of practicing, three to eight hours a day for most people,” Doynov said. “And if we’re not practicing as effectively as possible, we’re not getting better as quickly as possible. What we want to do is use modern technology and the resources we have at Yale to bring musicians valuable information in an online community that focuses on practicing.”

Doynov and her colleagues are in the process of launching a website and have been uploading content to Practice Portal Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. Doynov said they hope to launch a Practice Portal app, as well.

“The Venture Creation Program,” according to the YEI website, “was created to catalyze and support the growth of new, early-stage ventures at Yale. It is dedicated to providing resources for entrepreneurial teams to commercialize promising, unique products or services.”

Kassie Tucker, YEI’s program director, said the students who conceived Practice Portal are “trying to be innovative in a not-always-innovative space” and are trying to improve on an area that’s a “pain point” for many musicians.


Published November 18, 2016
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New endowment establishes Wendy Sharp ’82 BA Chamber Music Fellowship

Wendy Sharp

Wendy Sharp

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce a new endowment to support the Chamber Music Fellowship program. The endowment is part of funds raised in honor of Wendy Sharp and Dean Takahashi. Sharp, an alumna of Yale College, is the director of chamber music at the Yale School of Music. Takahashi, her husband, is a graduate of the Yale School of Management who serves as senior director of the Yale University Investments Office.

The Chamber Music Fellowship program at the School of Music supports one- to two-year residencies by talented young string quartets. The current Fellowship ensemble is the Argus Quartet, which is mentored by the Brentano Quartet. Previous Fellowship ensembles included the Jasper String Quartet. In the mid-1980s, Sharp participated in the program as a member of the Franciscan String Quartet. The program was then called the Wardwell Fellowship, and the Franciscan Quartet studied with the Tokyo String Quartet, which was the faculty ensemble in residence 1976–2013. MORE

Published March 10, 2016
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