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Students from the Morse Summer Music Academy perform
This past month, YSM has been hosting 80 New Haven public school music students for the fourth Morse Summer Music Academy. The students have been focusing on their musical technique, musicianship, and artistry, working with School of Music students, alums, faculty, and music teachers from the New Haven Public Schools.
“The results,” said Associate Dean Michael Yaffe, “have been nothing short of spectacular.”
The Academy’s final concert is on Thursday, August 22 at 4:15 pm, and includes chamber music, orchestra, and band. Students have been practicing at least four hours a day for the last month. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (at the corner of College and Wall Streets).
“Here is something to celebrate about New Haven,” said Yaffe, “and we hope you will join us.” The concert is free and open to the public.
Music educator Sebastian Ruth will join the Yale School of Music faculty as Visiting Lecturer for the 2013–14 academic year. He will teach a course called Music and Service and will work with teaching artists in YSM’s Music in Schools Initiative.
Ruth is the founder and artistic director of Community MusicWorks, a nationally-recognized organization that connects professional musicians with urban youth and families in Providence, Rhode Island. A violinist, he is also a member of the Providence String Quartet, the organization’s resident ensemble. Community MusicWorks, through the permanent residency of its core group of professional musicians, provides free after-school education and performance programs that build meaningful long-term relationships between professional musicians, children, and families in urban neighborhoods of Providence.
In 2006, Community MusicWorks successfully piloted a two-year Fellowship Program in order to share its unique model with interested musicians and urban communities from across the country. A semi-annual Institute for Musicianship and Public Service was added in 2009
Dean Robert Blocker commented, “An eminent cultural leader, Sebastian Ruth is a gifted musician who devotes his talent and intellect to the advancement of music in a very successful community program, Community MusicWorks. He brings to us and our Music in Schools Initiative a vibrant, innovative and entrepreneurial knowledge for musical collaborations that are artistically compelling and personally fulfilling. These values and characteristics earned him a MacArthur Award, and we are fortunate to have him join us at Yale this coming year.”
The graduate course in Music and Service will examine important questions: What is the role of musicians in public life, both on and off the concert stage? How can institutions of music play new roles in forming civil society and vibrant communities? Can music change the life conditions of people living in political or social oppression? What expectations can musicians today have of themselves, and of the public impact of their art?
The course description notes that these questions are at the core of how we will define musicians’ careers in the coming decade, as many arts organizations are struggling to redefine their connection with public life.
More About Sebastian Ruth
As a member of the Providence String Quartet Sebastian Ruth has performed in recent seasons in Providence, Boston, Los Angeles, Banff, and New York, and with members of the Borromeo, Muir, Miro, Orion, and Turtle Island String Quartets, with pianist Jonathan Biss, and violist Kim Kashkashian. Sebastian graduated from Brown University in 1997, where he worked closely with education scholars Theodore Sizer, Mary Ann Clark, and Reginald Archambault on a project exploring the relationship between moral education and music, and with members of the Charleston String Quartet in Brown’s chamber music program. His important teachers have included Lois Finkel, Pamela Gearhart, Eric Rosenblith, Rolfe Sokol, Mela Tenenbaum, and Kim Kashkashian. In 2003, Sebastian studied, under the auspices of a fellowship from The Rhode Island Foundation, in a two-week violin master class with Michele Auclair at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.
Sebastian Ruth serves on the board of the International Musical Arts Institute, and on the advisory boards of the Sphinx Organization and of Music Haven, a non-profit organization in New Haven, Connecticut modeled after Community MusicWorks. In 2012, Sebastian received an honorary doctorate from Brown University, and was named by Strings Magazine as among the 25 most influential people in the string music world.
In 2010, Sebastian visited the White House to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama on behalf of Community MusicWorks. That same year, Sebastian learned that he had been selected for the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for “creating rewarding musical experiences for often-forgotten populations and forging a new, multifaceted role beyond the concert hall for the twenty-first-century musician.”
Today the Yale School of Music welcomes this year’s participants to the fourth Morse Summer Music Academy, which will take place July 29–August 23, 2013.
The Morse Summer Music Academy provides free, comprehensive music instruction to New Haven Public School music students. In the intensive, four-week program, each student has a weekly private lesson and takes part in scheduled daily individual practice, ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and master classes.
The program nurtures and develops creativity, musicianship, and musical leadership in students who are passionate about music. Parental involvement and continuing musical opportunities throughout the school year are hallmarks of the program. The program is open for application to all NHPS students in grades 5–11 who play piano, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments.
Students in the Academy receive weekly private lessons; study composition, conducting, music theory, and ear training; and participate in sectional rehearsals, ensembles, formal weekly recitals, and field trips. Trips include museums and galleries as well as the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in northwest Connecticut. All instruction is given by NHPS music teachers, Yale School of Music graduate students and alumni, as well as faculty from the Yale School of Music.
Students who successfully complete the Academy have musical opportunities throughout the academic year. These opportunities include master classes, private lessons, and attendance at Yale School of Music and professional performances.
The Morse Summer Music Academy is made possible through a generous endowment established by Enid and Lester Morse (Yale College ’51), and is offered free of charge to New Haven Public School students. The first Academy took place in summer 2010 with participants from 10 schools.
Marianna Prjevalskaya ’10AD won the Gold Medal in the World Piano Competition, held in Cincinnati, and Misha Namirovsky ’11MM won the third prize. Prjevalskaya’s prize includes a recording deal with Fanfare Cincinnati and a debut recital in New York.
Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1956, the World Piano Competition is America’s oldest annual piano competition for both Artists and Young Artists. Held each summer, the competition offers performance opportunities at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, educational outreach programs for elementary school students, and substantial cash prizes.
Marianna Prjevalskayaka is the winner of the 53rd Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain as well as a laureate of competitions including the 2007 Paderewski in Poland and the Panama International in 2012. She has appeared at the Minato Mirai Hall, the Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum, Steinway and Weill Recital Halls. As a soloist, she has performed with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Rzeszow Philharmonic Orchestra and Panama Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Marianna studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She holds degrees from the Royal College of Music in London, Indiana University of South Bend, and the Yale School of Music. Her new Naxos CD with works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Schumann and Zárate was released in September 2012.
Misha Namirovsky has performed as soloist in the USA, Italy, Russia, Spain, Croatia, Germany and Japan. He has collaborated with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, Novaya Rossiya Symphony and Nizhniy Novgorod Philharmonic in Russia and has appeared at the Marlboro festival. He is a founder of Mod?TRE, a piano trio with violinist Tessa Lark and cellist Deborah Pae. Mr. Namirovsky has studied in Moscow, Israel, Germany, and the United States, and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music. He is currently completing his doctorate at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Mr. Namirovsky is a prizewinner of many international competitions, including the Louisiana International Piano Competition as well as the Koscuisco and Sendai Competitions. His first album is due to be released in the summer of 2013.
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John W. Swallow
The family of John W. Swallow and the Yale School of Music invite the public to a memorial celebration of trombonist John Warner Swallow. The event will take place Sunday, August 4 at 5 pm at the Music Shed in Norfolk, Conn.
Tributes and performances will highlight Swallow’s contribution to the world of music, life, and the art of trombone playing. The Music Shed is located at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, 20 Litchfield Road, Norfolk, CT 06058.
Professor John Swallow came to the School of Music in 1965 as Lecturer of Trombone. He retired in 2001 as Professor of Trombone, adjunct, and received emeritus status. He was also a vivid presence at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Born in 1924 in Oneida, New York, John Warner Swallow was considered one the most important trombone performers and teachers in the United States. A member of the New York Brass Quintet for many years, he also enjoyed performance associations with the Utah Symphony under Maurice Abravanel and the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner. He was a member of groups such as Gunther Schuller’s Twentieth Century Innovations and Arthur Weisberg’s Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Professor Swallow died earlier this year; read more here.
A reception will follow the memorial celebration. If you would like to attend the reception, please RSVP to Jaci Wilkinson at 860 806-5913 or by email.
Contributions may be made to the John Swallow Scholarship at the Yale School of Music.
Leelanee Sterrett ’10MM recently won the position of assistant principal horn with the New York Philharmonic. She joins other recent YSM alumni who are members of the orchestra.
Leelanee Sterrett received her M.M. degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with William Purvis, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, studying with Douglas Hill. A native of northern Michigan, she also graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. In addition to performing with the New York Philharmonic, Leelanee has been a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as well as the La Crosse and Fox Valley symphony orchestras in Wisconsin. In 2007 she was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and also received second prize in the International Horn Competition of America. She has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota Music festivals, and the National Orchestral Institute. As part of her Academy program, Leelanee taught in Queens at PS 13Q.
David Kurtz and Dean Blocker
Composer David Kurtz ’80MM added two more Emmy Awards to his collection this year. The Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards were presented on June 16th, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The team of Kurtz and Jack Allocco won for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series, for their work on The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS.
Kurtz and lyricist Allocco also won the award for Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series, for their song ”Only Love Goes on Forever” on CBS’s The Young and the Restless.
Kurtz is the winner of several previous Emmy Awards for his work on television shows such as The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. He has also contributed to the music for movies including The Big Chill and Instant Justice. In May, the Yale School of Music honored him with the Sanford Medal.
The Yale Symposium on Music Schools took place June 6–9, 2013 and focused on The Role of Music in School Reform.
Watch these videos of the lively and thought-provoking talks from the event, featuring David Myers, Scott Shuler, Garth Harries, and keynote speaker Anne Midgette.
For more details on the Symposium, please see this post. If you cannot play the video below, click here.
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