School of music

School Notes: School of Music
May/June 2020

Robert Blocker |

New artistic director for Yale Opera

Gerald Martin Moore was named director of the Yale Opera and coordinator of vocal studies at the School of Music. He will succeed Doris Yarick-Cross, who has retired as artistic director of Yale Opera and professor in the practice of voice. Moore has served as artistic associate of Carnegie Hall’s SongStudio program and has been engaged as vocal consultant for major opera productions and given master classes around the world. 

Yale alumnus creates piano fund

A gift from Preston Athey ’71 has established the Dean’s Piano Fund at the School of Music. The fund will be used to purchase several new Steinway & Sons instruments over the next four years. Athey has purchased pianos for the school in the past and has made possible the restoration of pianos at Silliman College. 

Alumni, student win illustrious awards

Bass-baritone Andrew Craig Brown ’11MusM, ’12MusAD; organist Ken Cowan ’99MusM, ’00MusAD; composer Andrew Norman ’09MusAD; and composer Caroline Shaw ’07MusM each won a Grammy Award in January. Brown won in the “Best Opera Recording” category for a recording of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Cowan won in the “Best Choral Performance” category for a recording of the complete choral works of Maurice Duruflé. Norman won in the “Best Orchestral Performance” category for a recording of his Sustain. And Shaw won in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category for Orange.

In February, three School of Music alumni and one current student received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ted Hearne ’08MusM, ’14DMA, received a $10,000 Arts and Letters Award in Music. He will receive an additional $10,000 to record his music, selections of which will be performed at the academy in 2021. Timo Andres ’07, ’09MusM, received a $15,000 Charles Ives Fellowship, and Aaron Israel Levin ’19MusM and Nate May ’23DMA each received a $7,500 Charles Ives Scholarship. 

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