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Student Prizes

Awarded at the Yale School of Music Honors Dinner, May 3, 2015

The Woods Chandler Memorial Prize, for the best composition in a larger form written during the year. Awarded to Michael Bartholomew Laurello.

The Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize, to assist in launching the careers of graduating students who demonstrate exceptional promise and talent as artists. Awarded to Emily Workman.

The Broadus Erle Prize, to outstanding violinists in the School of Music. Awarded to Jacob David Joyce, Barbora Kolárˇová, and Adelya Nartadjieva.

The Eliot Fisk Prize, to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievement and dedication have contributed greatly to the department. Awarded to Ian Tuski.

Friedmann Thesis Prize, for a Master of Musical Arts thesis notable for its distinguished research, original perspective, in-depth engagement with its subject, and well-crafted presentation. Awarded to Patrick Campbell Jankowski.

The Rena Greenwald Memorial Prize, for the best piano composition written during the year. Awarded to Michael R. Holloway.

Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize, to the violist in the graduating class whose performances while at Yale have exhibited the highest potential for success as a soloist or chamber musician. Awarded to Hyeree Yu.

The Charles Ives Prize, to an outstanding organ major. Awarded to Mary R. Copeley.

The John Day Jackson Prize, for an outstanding chamber music composition written for strings, with or without other instruments. Awarded to Jesse Ryan Limbacher.

The David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, to an outstanding singer in the School of Music. Awarded to Leah Ulise Hawkins.

The Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize, for the best composition written in a contrapuntal style. Awarded to Nicholas Anthony DiBerardino.

The Ezra Laderman Prize, for the best composition written for musical theater or voice. Awarded to Ian Grodsky Gottlieb.

The Charles S. Miller Prize, to a gifted pianist who has done outstanding work during the first year of study. Awarded to Dominic Anthony Cheli.

Malcolm L. Mitchell and Donald M. Roberts Class of 1957 Prize, to the outstanding graduating teaching artist in the Music in Schools program. Awarded to Ian Tuski.

The Philip Francis Nelson Prize, for a student whose musicianship is outstanding and who demonstrates curiosity, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit in the many dimensions of the music profession. Awarded to Mélanie Clapiès and Kevin Schaffter.

The Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize, to a student who has demonstrated the highest standard of excellence in woodwind playing. Awarded to Jacob Mende-Fridkis.

The Aldo Parisot Prize, to gifted cellists who show promise for concert careers. Awarded to Chang Pan and Yifan Wu.

The Elizabeth Parisot Prize, to outstanding pianists in the School of Music. Awarded to Feng Bian and Ronaldo Rolim da Silva Filho.

The Presser Foundation Music Award, for an outstanding student, to advance his or her music education. Awarded to Benjamin Paolo Hoffman.

The Julia R. Sherman Prize, for excellence in organ playing. Awarded to George Henry Fergus.

The John Swallow Prize, to a graduating student for outstanding brass performance. Awarded to Thomas Daniel Park.

The Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, for students who have not only excelled in their respective fields, but have also made an important contribution to the general life of the School. Awarded to Evanna Chiew, Timothy Michael Gocklin, Wenbin Jin, Henry Thomas Kramer, Arash Noori, Marissa Santos Olegario, and Georgi Georgiev Videnov.

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Awarded at Commencement Ceremonies, May 18, 2015

The Harriet Gibbs Fox Memorial Prize, to a student who has achieved the highest grade point average during his or her first year at the School of Music. Awarded to Cornelia Louise Sommer.

The Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, to students selected by the faculty as best fulfilling Dean Parker’s lofty musical ideals. Awarded to Yevgeny Yontov.

The Dean’s Prize, the School’s highest excellence award, given to a member of the graduating class who is selected by the dean in consultation with the faculty. Awarded to Samuel Stephen Suggs.

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