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Norfolk Composition Alumni Awarded Prizes By American Academy of Arts and Letters

On March 1st, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May.  Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Composer Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) is the recipient of a 2017 Arts and Letters Awards in Music which honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. Established in 1941, the Arts and Letters Awards are now $10,000 each and are given annually. Composers receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of a work. Composers Katherine Balch (Norfolk ’13) and Hilary Purrington (Norfolk ’13) have each been awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship of $7500, given to composition students of great promise.  MORE

Published March 13, 2017
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Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) Wins 2017 Grawemeyer Award

Grawemeyer.org   (November 28, 2016)  By Kim Butterweck

Playandrew-norman-2, a 47-minute orchestral work by American composer Andrew Norman, is the winner of the prestigious 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

In three movements, “Play” explores the relationship of choice and chance, free will and control. It investigates the ways musicians in an orchestra can play with, against, or apart from one another; and maps concepts from the world of video gaming onto traditional symphonic structures to tell a fractured narrative of power, manipulation, deceit and, ultimately, cooperation. MORE

Published November 30, 2016
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Eighth Blackbird Named Musical America’s
2017 Ensemble of the Year

eighth_blackbird_In addition to being named Musical America’s 2017 Ensemble of the Year, Eighth Blackbird (Norfolk ’97) celebrates its 20th anniversary with its fourth GRAMMY® Award, Chamber Music America’s inaugural Visionary Award, and the coveted MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. MORE

Published October 21, 2016
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Andrew Norman Named Musical America’s
2017 Composer of the Year

andrewnormanAndrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) has been named Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year.

Norman’s work draws on an eclectic mix of sounds and notational practices from both the avant-garde and classical traditions. They have been described by the New York Times as showcasing “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors.” His symphonic works have been performed by leading ensembles worldwide, including the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the BBC, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Orchestre National de France, and many others. MORE

Published October 21, 2016
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The First Concert at the “Norfolk Music School” 75 Years Ago On June 27

1941_NorfolkMusicSchoolBrochure

The 1941 admissions brochure for the Norfolk Music School

On June 23, 1941, the newly formed “Norfolk Music School” opened its doors.  Five days later on June 27, at 3:00 in the afternoon, the first concert was held at Battell House.
“The Music Shed… is now used by students for organ practice and will be the scene of concerts and community singing later on.” (Musical America, July 1941)

The opening concert featured  violinist, Hugo Kortschak, cellist Emmeran Stoeber and pianist Bruce Simonds performing piano trios of Mozart, Brahms and Ravel. MORE

Published June 27, 2016
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Tesla Quartet (Norfolk ’11) Named Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University.

Mount Allison University  (May 27, 2016)

TeslaStringQuartetSACKVILLE, NB — The Tesla Quartet has been named the Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in-Residence in the Department of Music at Mount Allison University (New Brunswick, Canada) for the 2016-17 academic year. This residency, funded by the Marjorie Young Bell Endowment Fund, has been established in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mount Allison’s first Bachelor of Music degree and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, and will kick off yearlong celebrations on campus.

“The Music Department of Mount Allison University is thrilled to welcome the Tesla Quartet in celebration of our dual anniversaries in 2016-17,” says Stephen Runge, head of Mount Allison’s Music department. “We know their presence on campus will enrich the musical education experience for our students, faculty, staff, as well as surrounding community members.” MORE

Published May 31, 2016
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Matt Albert (Norfolk ’97) Joins University of Michigan As First Chair of
New Department of Chamber Music

University of Michigan (May 3, 2016)

matt-albertANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance has appointed renowned violinist and violist Matt Albert as the first chair of its new Department of Chamber Music.

Albert (Norfolk ’97), currently director of chamber music and of SYZYGY at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, will begin his tenure at U-M in September. MORE

Published May 31, 2016
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Paul Hawkshaw to retire as Director
of Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Yale School of Music  (January 15, 2016)

Music Shed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, announced today that the School of Music and the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival will have a major leadership transition in 2016. Paul Hawkshaw, who has served as the festival’s director since 2004, will retire after the 2016 season. Melvin Chen, Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Music, has been appointed as Hawkshaw’s successor. MORE

Published January 19, 2016
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Owen Dalby (Norfolk ’03) Joins St. Lawrence String Quartet

OwenDalby_bySasithonPhotographyMandONew York-based violinist Owen Dalby is the new second violinist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ). He joined the group in June, 2015. Mr. Dalby, a graduate of Yale University, and  is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. As a native of Berkeley, California, his relocation will be as much a homecoming as a new beginning. “I’ve always considered string quartet playing as the pinnacle of what I could possibly do with my musical career,” Dalby explains, “so for me, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“Owen has an incredibly generous spirit and shares our passion not only for the quartet repertoire but for all that goes into bringing music to life,” says founding member and first violinist Geoff Nuttall. “We are thrilled that he has agreed to join the SLSQ family!”

Departing violinist Mark Fewer has been appointed William Dawson Scholar at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In their brief tenure together, Mark Fewer and his St. Lawrence String Quartet colleagues received critical and audience acclaim for their dynamic ensemble-playing. Geoff Nuttall adds: “Mark is a longtime friend, a terrific violinist, and one of the world’s great pedagogues. McGill is truly lucky to have him!”

Owen Dalby will first took the stage with the group in June, at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, where his SLSQ colleague, Geoff Nuttall, also serves as the Festival’s Chamber Music Series Director.

Published December 11, 2015
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