School of music

School Notes: School of Music
July/August 2021

Robert Blocker |

Opera students work remotely with acclaimed artists

During the fall 2020 semester, unable to perform as an ensemble, Yale Opera singers worked on what they could, safely, on their own and with faculty. Each student performed an aria, and the school shared those performances online. During the spring 2021 semester, Yale Opera presented a recorded broadcast in which singers, wearing masks, performed duets. For all of these performances, students received coaching online from such acclaimed artists as tenor Lawrence Brownlee, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, soprano Renée Fleming, baritone Will Liverman, soprano Erin Morley, and pianist and Yale Presidential Fellow Dr. Howard Watkins, among others with whom Yale Opera director Gerald Martin Moore enjoys professional relationships. Yale Opera performed staged opera scenes in Woolsey Hall in May. The school will broadcast the recorded program this summer. 

New quartet-in-residence

In April, the Callisto Quartet was named the school’s incoming fellowship quartet-in-residence. During its residency, which begins in the fall, the group will work with YSM’s ensemble-in-residence, the Brentano String Quartet, and mentor undergraduate musicians through Yale University’s Department of Music. The Callisto Quartet won the Grand Prize in 2018 at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, was a finalist in 2019 at the Banff International Chamber Music Competition, and received a fellowship in 2017 from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music. 

Podcast celebrates women’s history

In observance of Women’s History Month, the school produced a podcast, Simply Listen: women in dialogue, in which composer Soomin Kim ’21MusM spoke with alums. Kim’s guests included composer Lori Laitman ’75, ’76MusM; cellist Inbal Segev ’98MusM; soprano Leah Hawkins ’15MusM; pianist Althea Waites ’65MusM; and percussionist Ji Su Jung ’19MusM, ’20MusAD. The podcast is available on the Yale School of Music’s Spotify channel.  

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