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updated April 26, 2013
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Dan Locklair (UTS Master of Sacred Music) recently premiered “Hail the Coming Day,”an orchestral piece comissioned by the city of Winston-Salem, NC, to celebrate the centennial of its consolidation. Locklair, who is composer in residence and professor of music at Wake Forest University, took the title from a speech made in 1876 by Robert Gray, who said he hoped for the day “from which shall rise one common town.” Locklair then created a short, festive work for large orchestra in which he paid tribute to signature aspects of the city by placing his contrasting themes of Winston’s industry and Salem’s history between the stabilizing structure of a recurring fanfare and march-like theme played antiphonally by sections of the brass.
(posted May 21, 2013)
Sid Symington (MDiv. '04) is happy to report a new post as Rector of St. Peter's by the Sea in beautiful Morro Bay, California. Affectionate greetings to all!
(posted April 26, 2013)
Two movements from Dan Locklair’s (UTS Master of Sacred Music) changing cerceptions & Epitaph, for SATB Chorus and piano, will be performed by the Bel Canto Company, Welborn Young, Artistic Director & Conductor, on April 27 and April 29 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Locklair writes, “Composed in memory of my father, Archie Greer Locklair (1916-1986), changing perceptions & Epitaph [a five movement choral cycle] was the top prize winner of the 1989 Barlow International Composition Competition.”
(posted April 26, 2013)
Dann Coakwell, tenor (AD '11), and Dashon Burton, bass (MM '11), sang with the Trinity Choir and Trinity Barouque Orchestra, NYC, in a performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Jan. 2-4, 2013. The performance was well reviewed in the New York Times; link to the full review here.
(posted January 11, 2013.)
Cheryl Wadsworth (MM '95) performed the 2nd annual Music Scholarship benefit recital for our program donating private lessons to students at the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts. It was held on Nov 18, 2012 and consisted of readings from the Psalms in between several Psalm Interpretations for Organ by Emma Lou Diemer. Ms Diemer studied at Yale and turned 85 this year. The United Methodist Church of Hartford Chancel Choir also performed Diemer's "Come Let us Sing Unto the Lord."
(posted January 11, 2013)
Christopher Jenings (MM '02),performed recently at the East Texas Organ Festival in Kilgore Texas at First Presbyterian Church on the famous Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ designed by G. Donald Harrison and Roy Perry. His program included one of the first ever known live performances of Clarence Dickinson's Storm King Symphony. His first performance of this program was last winter at St. James' Church Madison Ave., NYC. Both concerts, as well as other upcoming concerts, include a multimedia slideshow which includes scenes from the Hudson Valley, where the Storm King mountain is located and where Dickinson took inspiration for his work. The program also includes music by twentieth-century New York City Composers Alec Wyton, Calvin Hampton, and Gerre Hancock. His new album THE STORM KING is now available in the iTunes Music Store and at www.christopherjennings.me
Matthew Kustenbauder (MDiv '06) has essays in two recent edited volumes. He contributed an essay entitled "The Politicization of Religious Identity in Sudan, with Special Reference to Oral Histories of the Sudanese Diaspora in America," in Religion on the Move! New Dynamics of Religious Expansion in a GLobalizing World, ed. Afe Adogame and Shobana Shankar, E.J. Brill, 2012; and "Gaudencia Aoko," in Dictionary of African Biography, vol. 1, ed. Henry Louis Gates and Emmanuel Akyeampong, Oxford University Press, 2012. He also published a review of Christianity, Politics and Public life in Kenya by Paul Gifford, in Journal of Religion in Africa 42, no. 1 (2012).
(posted December 6, 2012)
Brad Wells (DMA '05, MMA '98) and his ensemble Roomful of Teeth has released a debut CD on New Amsterdam Records. The ensemble features other ISM alumni as well: Dashon Burton (MM '11), and Virginia Warnken (MM '13). More information can be found at http://music.yale.edu/news/?p=7565.
(posted November 26, 2012)
Dashon Burton (MM '11) and Sherezade Panthaki (AD '11) participated in a benefit concert given by Trinity Church Wall Street on Saturday, November 10, 2012. The performance of Bach's B minor Mass, in which Burton and Panthaki were vocal soloists and choral members, took place on short notice as a fund-raisere dedicated to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
(posted November 13, 2012)
Composer Dan Locklair, a UTS graduate of the Master of Sacred Music program had his composition In the Almost Evening (A Nocturne for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano) performed on Sunday, November 11 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In the Almost Evening was composed in 1983 and is based on the poetry of Japanese/Canadian poet, Joy Kogawa.
(posted November 13, 2012)
Andrew Scanlon (MM '03) was recently appointed to the National Committee in Professional Certification of the American Guild of Organists. This three-year, renewable appointment is a member of a distinguished board dedicated to the advancement of academic and musical standards for Guild members throughout the nation, and one that administers a large program of examinations for organists and choral conductors. Scanlon continues in his position as Organ Professor at East Carolina University and Organist-Choirmaster at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, both in Greenville, NC. He continues to be active as a performer at the organ, appearing in the 2012-13 season at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Central Synagogue in New York, Trinity Church Boston, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as at venues in Charlottesville, Greenville, NC and Greenville, PA, Bath, NC. In addition, he is the Artistic Director of the East Carolina Musical Arts Education Foundation.
(posted November 5, 2012)
Robinson McClellan's (MM '06) newest choral piece, A Child in Nature, will be premiered in October by Seattle-based choir The Esoterics. McClellan was also a featured panelist at the first Sacred Music Conference at Notre Dame in September, and gave a presentation entitled 'God is a Harmonic Being: Musical Theology...But for Whom?'. McClellan is also working on a liturgical cantata for the upcoming year with conductor Miguel Felipe.
(posted October 10, 2012)
Mina Choy (MM '05) won 3rd prize in the2012 International Franz Schmidt
Organ Competition, held in Kitzbühel, Austria. Choi was the first non
European prize winner since the competition was founded. The competition
concentrated on repertoires of Bach, as well as Post-Romantic Austrian
composers including Franz Schmidt, Anton Heiller, and Rober Fuchs.
(posted October 10, 2012)
Matthew Curry (MDiv '01) was appointed the Lead Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Valley Stream, New York, after serving ten years as pastor of United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco, New York. He also completed his Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology at Columbia University.
Organist Jason Roberts (MM) will perform an organ recital in celebration on Saturday, October 6th, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of St. Palu's Episcopal Church in Willimantic, CT. Roberts is the winner of the 2008 AGO National Competition in Organ Improvsation, and the 2007 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition. (Posted September 2012)
Dashon Burton (MM '11) received 2nd Prize (no 1st Prize awarded) in the Men's Division of the prestigious ARD International Music Competition on September 16, 2012, in Munich, Germany.
David McConkey (MM '77, MDiv '79) became the rector of All Saints Church in Northampton, UK in April 2012. www.allsaintenorthampton.co.uk
Composer Dan Locklair, a UTS graduate of the Master of Sacred Music program, will debut his new piece From the Rising of the Sun on September 9 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The work takes its ispiration and title from the theme of light as represented in the church's rose window and two transept windows, which feature themes of creation, light, and the words of Psalm 113:3: "From the rising of the sun unto its setting, blessed be the name of the Lord."
(Posted September 7, 2012)
Micah Luce (STM '08) and Katharine Arnold (M.Div. '12) were married in East Lyme, CT on August 6, 2012. (Posted September 6, 2012)
Fred and Leslie Smith (MM '10) were married in Christ Church Episcopal, New Haven, CT on July 20, 2012. (Posted September 6, 2012)
Frederick Teardo )MM, '05 and MMA '11) has been appointed Organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. He leaves his position as Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church in New York City to assume his new position later this year.
(Posted September 6, 2012)
Three ISM alumni were featured in full-length recitals at this year's National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, held July 1-6 in Nashville:
Christian Lane (MM, '07)
Ahreum Han (MM, '09)
Dong-ho Lee (MM, '06)
(Posted September 6, 2012)
"Scel lem duib," Tawnie Olson's (AD '00) new composition for chamber chorus and harp, will be premièred by Marguerite Brooks and the Yale Camerata Chamber Choir, with Kristan Toczko (YSM '12), harp, on Nov. 4. It will receive a repeat performance at the Camerata's Advent Concert on Dec. 1, and on Dec. 8 Mark Vuorinen (ISM '07) will conduct the Canadian première of the work with the Toronto Chamber Choir and harpist Julia Seager-Scott. "Scel lem duib" was commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and is dedicated to Marguerite Brooks and the Yale Camerata.
Dr. Olson has also been invited to give a talk about her compositions at Notre Dame University’s conference on James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross on Sept 13-15, 2012.
In 2012-2013 Dr. Olson is visiting assistant professor of composition at the Hartt School of Music. (Posted September 4, 2012)
Former ISM student Matthew Mainster has recently published a children's chapter book entitled Giggleswick-The Amadán Map. It is available for purchase through amazon.com.
Josiah Armes has recently been appointed Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Florida, beginning in August of 2012.
Dong Ho Lee (MM ’06) performed in Nashville on July 4th at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) on the Lively and Fulcher organ as part of the AGO national convention. (Posted July 11, 2012)
Elizabeth Ursic (M.Div. ’03) has been on sabbaticalin Scotland, where she was invited to play in the famous Rosslyn Chapel for compline in April. She has been writing a chapter about the Church of Scotland. She is on the faculty of Mesa Community College (AZ). (Posted July 11, 2012)
Iain Quinn (MM ’04) has been appointed organist and director of music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, CT, effective August 1. He is completing a Ph.D. in historical musicology at the University of Durham (UK), where he has just passed his orals. (Posted July 11, 2012)
Ryan Jackson (MM '08) has been appointed director of music and fine arts ministries at Fifth Ave. Presbyterian Church in New York City. (Posted June 11, 2012)
Dominick DiOrio (MM '08; DMA '12) has been appointed assistant professor of music (tenure track) in the choral conducting department at Jacobs School of music at Indiana University. (Posted May 31, 2012)
Andrew Barnett (M.Div.'11) and his Theodicy Jazz Collective's Canterbury Jazz Mass, with vocalist Ann Phelps (MAR '09) is online at YouTube. (Posted May 31, 2012)
John Allegar (MM '09) has been appointed organist and assistant director of music and fine arts at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN. (Posted May 24, 2012)
Dashon Burton (MM '11) took first place in the prestigious Oratorio Society of New York competition on April 14, 2012. He will also be participating in the Leipzig Bach Competition this summer. (Posted April 16, 2012)
An article by Karen L. Mulder (MAR '97), From the Lines of Life: Guy Chase and the Art of the (Extra)Ordinary, appears in the Winter 2011 issue of Image: Art, Faith, Mystery. (Posted April 10, 2012)
Rebecca Rosenbaum (M.M. ’99, M.M.A. ’01, D.M.A. ’07), music director of the Elm City Girls’ Choir and the United Girls’ Choir, was profiled in the December issue of INK magazine, together with her partner Thomas Brand, the founder and artistic director. The Elm City Girls’ Choir has performed with Schola and Camerata, and draws its members from the United Girls’ Choir, which has chapters throughout southern Connecticut and is expanding each year. (Posted February 24, 2012)
John Boatner (UTS ‘69), in moving from Tennessee to Washington State, reconnected with Abraham Kaplan, former teacher of choral conducting at Union Seminary. Kaplan called Boatner and invited him to lunch (which, as Boatner reported, was to have been his prerogative). The pair’s luncheon lasted for two hours, after which the distinguished conductor picked up the tab. Boatner reports that Kaplan, at about eighty years old now, is slowing down somewhat phsyically, but the two enjoyed their splendid reunion and hoped to share their walk down memory lane. (Posted February 24, 2012)
Organist and Institute of Sacred Music graduate Jeffrey Smith received an honorary fellowship diploma from the Guild of Church Musicians on Monday, January 16, 2012. He is one of the first two Americans to receive a top music award from the London-based Guild of Church Musicians, a professional organization based in Great Britain that is similar to the American Guild of Organists. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams presented Smith the diploma during an Evensong at the Queen’s Chapel, Marlborough Road, at St. James Palace. Smith received his MMA in 1988 and his DMA in 1994 from the Yale School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music. He has served at Episcopal cathedrals in Indianapolis, San Francisco and Lexington, Ky., as well as at St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish in Washington, D.C. (Posted January 18, 2012)
In November Yale hosted the 2012 Schoenstein organ competition in the art of organ accompaniment, sponsored by the Schoenstein Organ Company of San Francisco, and open to current students. First prize was awarded to Kenneth Miller (MM ’12; MMA ’13); the two second prize winners were Stephen Buzard (MM ’13) and Paul Thomas (MM ’13). The judges were Brian Jones, Murray Somerville (UTS ’72), and Davis Wortman (MM ’85). The ISM is grateful to Jack Bethards, president and tonal director of Schoenstein and Co., whose generous gift made the competition possible.
Ian Tomesch, Michael Salazar, Stephen Buzard, Paul Thomas, Kenneth Miller
Murray Somerville, Davis Wortman, Brian Jones
Balint Karosi (MMA Composition) recently took first prize in an organ improvisation competition at the University of Michigan co-sponsored with the AGO Ann Arbor chapter. The judges were Pamela Ruiter Feenstra, Karl Paukert and William Jean Randall.
Robert Bennesh (MM '14) recently completed a video series on YouTube, which gives a tour of notable organs in Malmö, Sweden. A link to the first video in the series can be found here. (posted October 9, 2012)
Kenneth Miller (MMA '13) performed as one of the Rising stars at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, held July 1-6 in Nashville, TN. (posted September 6, 2012)
Brent te Velde (MM '13) performed as one of the Rising Stars on July 2 at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Nashville, TN. (updated September 6, 2012)
The soprano Megan Chartrand has been named a winner of Early Music America's 2012 summer workshop scholarships. She will attend the Accademia d'amore in Seattle. (posted June 5, 2012)