School of music

School Notes: School of Music
January/February 2022

Robert Blocker | http://music.yale.edu

Students perform for live audiences

During the fall 2021 semester, and for the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020, students performed for live audiences limited to students, faculty, and staff from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. In addition to the school’s Lunchtime Chamber Music and Vista Chamber Music series, the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Opera, and New Music New Haven presented concerts in Woolsey Hall and Sprague Memorial Hall. 

The Yale Philharmonia performed three concerts during the first semester and welcomed soloists Christine Lee ’23AD, a cellist; and Carol Jantsch, the school’s faculty tubist. Among the repertoire the orchestra performed was Wynton Marsalis’s newly composed Tuba Concerto (in a preview performance). The Yale Opera performed two fully staged programs, with collaborative piano, of operatic excerpts. The Yale Cellos presented a concert during the fall semester, as did students of faculty guitarist Benjamin Verdery. In November, Pulitzer Prize– and Grammy Award–winning composer Caroline Shaw ’07MusM, who studied violin at the School of Music, returned to campus for a performance of her music and to meet with students in the composition seminar. 

Concert presentations adhered to the school’s and the university’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. 

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