School of music

School Notes: School of Music
January/February 2019

Robert Blocker |

Three faculty members to retire

The School of Music offers its gratitude to three faculty members who plan to retire at the end of the academic year. Trumpeter Allan Dean, who has performed with venerated brass and early music ensembles, among others, and appears on dozens of major-label releases, has served on the school’s faculty for 30 years, sharing with students, colleagues, and audiences alike the yield of his vast musical experience. Soprano Doris Yarick-Cross and bass-baritone Richard Cross, members of the school’s faculty since 1983 and 1995, respectively, followed remarkable international performing careers with influential tenures at YSM. At the School of Music, they have nurtured numerous young artists who have gone on to perform with the world’s most prestigious opera companies.

School of Music to celebrate 125th anniversary

The School of Music is planning a yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary of its founding. From summer 2019 through fall 2020, the school will look back on its past with a view to the future. Performances in each of YSM’s concert series, along with special events and collaborations, will honor the school’s history, from its founding in 1894 to the present. Alumni around the world are encouraged to join the celebration and can share what they have been doing since leaving YSM.

Violinist earns MacArthur fellowship

Violinist Vijay Gupta ’07MusM, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the founder of Street Symphony, was named a 2018 MacArthur fellow, earning a “genius grant” for “providing musical enrichment and valuable human connection to the homeless, incarcerated, and other under-resourced communities in Los Angeles,” according to the MacArthur Foundation website. Gupta founded Street Symphony in 2011 with a mission to put “social justice at the heart of music making.”

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