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Student Prizes

Awarded at the Yale School of Music Honors Dinner, May 4, 2014

The Woods Chandler Memorial Prize, for the best composition in a larger form written during the year. Awarded to Reena Maria Esmail and Benjamin Albert Wallace.

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 Aleksandra Lucia Giannini Romano.

The Broadus Erle Prize, to outstanding violinists in the School of Music. Awarded to Benjamin Paolo Hoffman, Choha Kim, and Suliman Tekalli.

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

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 Eric Donald Dionne.

The Rena Greenwald Memorial Prize, for the best piano composition written during the year. Awarded to Paul Thomas Kerekes.

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 Colin Benjamin Brookes.

The Charles Ives Prize, to an outstanding organ major. Awarded to Francis Kim.

The John Day Jackson Prize, for an outstanding chamber music composition written for strings, with or without other instruments. Awarded to James Cruickshank Rubino.

The David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, to an outstanding singer in the School of Music. Awarded to Brian Quang-Vinh Vu.

The Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize, for the best composition written in a contrapuntal style. Awarded to Balint Karosi and Brendon Randall-Myers.

The Ezra Laderman Prize, for the best composition written for musical theater or voice. Awarded to Daniel Jay Schlosberg.

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 Matheus Sardinha Garcia Souza.

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 Daniel Jay Schlosberg.

The Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize, to a student who has demonstrated the highest standard of excellence in woodwind playing. Awarded to Darren Graham Hicks.

The Aldo Parisot Prize, to gifted cellists who show promise for concert careers. Awarded to Alan Michael Ohkubo and Sohyang Yoo.

The Elizabeth Parisot Prize, to outstanding pianists in the School of Music. Awarded to Oliver Folger Jia and Henry Thomas Kramer.

The Presser Foundation Music Award, for an outstanding student, to advance his or her music education. Awarded to Samuel Stephen Suggs.

The Julia R. Sherman Prize, for excellence in organ playing. Awarded to Wyatt Dustin Smith.

The John Swallow Prize, to a graduating student for outstanding brass performance. Awarded to Jean Laurenz.

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 Kathleen Elizabeth Allan, Eric Anderson, Sean Yow Chen, Mélanie Clapiès, Timothy Michael Gocklin, Antoine Malette-Chénier, Arash Noori, Andrew Padgett, Claudia Miriam Rosenthal, and Yevgeny Yontov.

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Awarded at Commencement Ceremonies, May 19, 2014

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 Fiona Jane Last.

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

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 Darren Graham Hicks.

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