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com EDUCATION The Juilliard School, New York, NY. Graduate Diploma in conducting, 2005. Conducting studies with Otto-Werner Mueller and James DePreist. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. Masters of Music in piano, 2001. Piano studies with Gilbert Kalish. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Bachelor of arts in music, magna cum laude, 1997. Piano studies with Robert Levin. Composition studies with Bernard Rands and Ivan Tcherepnin. Thesis, magna cum laude: String Quartet No. 1. HONORS Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, The Juilliard School, 2004 and 2005. Third Prize, ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, as member of Amelia Piano Trio, 2003. Grand Prize, Yellow Springs National Chamber Music Competition, as member of Amelia Piano Trio, 2001. Finalist, Walter F. Naumburg Chamber Music Prize, as member of Amelia Piano Trio, 2000 and 2003. John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship, Harvard University, 1997. CONDUCTING POSTS Camerata Notturna, New York, NY. Co-founder and Music Director, 2006-present. • Programs and conducts four concerts each season • Recruits and auditions professional and amateur musicians • Created collaboration with Harlem School for the Arts
Yates, page 2 • Featured soloists include: Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Kim Kashkashian, William Purvis, Stefan Jackiw, Anthony McGill, Colin Jacobsen, Chris Pedro Trakas • Regional premieres include works of Elliott Carter, Chen Yi, Dan Coleman, Augusta Read Thomas; world premieres of Huang Ruo, Chester Biscardi, Zhou Long • Website: www.camerata-notturna.org Norwalk Youth Symphony, Norwalk, CT. Music Director and Conductor, Principal Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, 2010-present. • Conducts three concerts per season of the Principal Orchestra • Conducts one-two concerts per season of the Chamber Orchestra • Coaches the principal String Quartet • Auditions high school musicians • Recruits student musicians through contact with local private teachers and high school music directors • Conducts triennial Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium Concert • Leads biennial European tour • www.norwalkyouthsymphony.org Sarah Lawrence Orchestra, Bronxville, NY. Conductor, 2007-present. • Conducts at least one concert each semester • Auditions student musicians • Recruits exceptional high-school musicians from the community • Contracts professional musicians to fill vacant spots • Grades members • Coordinates readings of student compositions and organizes opportunities for student conductors • Featured soloists include: Sungrai Sohn, Annaliesa Place, Eric Jacobsen 92nd Street Y Community Orchestra, New York, NY. Conductor, 2009-2010. • Programs and conducts two concerts each season • Recruits and auditions amateur musicians • Contracts professional musicians to fill vacant spots • Hires and supervises Assistant Conductors Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, IL. Apprentice Conductor, 1997-1999. • Assisted Music Director Rossen Milanov in his directorial duties • Conducted Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra in performance • Taught music theory and ear-training • Led sectionals and rehearsals of CYSO • Gave pre-concert lectures • Organized presentation of outreach concerts Harvard University Bach Society Orchestra, Cambridge, MA. Music Director, 19951997. • Programmed and conducted four programs in Paine Hall and Sanders Theater
Yates, page 3 each season of two-year tenure • Instituted and administered undergraduate composition competition • Auditioned members of orchestra • Administered concerto competition • World premieres included works of Juliana Trivers, Albert Pan, and Adam Levitin • Featured soloists included Gary Hoffman, Eloise Polk, Julia Tom, Salley Koo, Raman Ramakrishnan, Stephen Cho, Katherine Evans GUEST CONDUCTING, FESTIVAL CONDUCTING and COVER CONDUCTING Argento Ensemble. Guest Conductor: four different projects. • September, 2010: Moving Sounds Festival, Czech Center New York, NYC. (Shared programs with Music Director, Michel Galante.) • April, 2010: American Composer Showcase, Miller Theater, NYC. (Shared program with Music Director, Michel Galante.) • April, 2010: American Composer Forum, Philadelphia, PA. • January, 2010. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Lake George Chamber Orchestra. Guest Conductor, February, 2009. Hyde Collection, Glen Falls, NY. The Knights. Guest Conductor, December, 2008. Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY. Bridgeport Symphony. Cover Conductor for Matthew Savery, July, 2008. Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia. Cover conductor for Rossen Milanov, February, 2008. Borden Auditorium, New York, NY. California Music Festival. Orchestra Conductor, July-August, 2006. Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA. Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy. Orchestra Conductor, June-July, 2006. Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter, MN. National Symphony Orchestra. Guest Conductor, Millenium Stages Performance, December 1998. The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. OPERA CONDUCTING Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti). Chelsea Opera. Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master, December, 2006. Carmine Aufiero, Music Director; Lynne Hayden-
Yates, page 4 Findlay, Stage Director. St. Peter’s Church, New York, NY. 3 Performances Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck). California Music Festival. Conductor, August, 2006. Steven Kitts, Stage Director. Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA. 2 Performances. Paride ed Elena (Gluck). California Music Festival. Conductor, August, 2006. Steven Kitts, Stage Director. Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA. 2 Performances. I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo). Chelsea Opera. Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master, December, 2006. Carmine Aufiero, Music Director; Rod Gomez, Stage Director. St. Peter’s Church, New York, NY. 4 Performances. HELL (Michael Webster, World Premiere). The People’s Opera. Music Director, March, 2006. Michael Chambers, stage direction; Peter Flaherty, video and scenic direction; Beth Morrison Projects and The People’s Opera, producer. Performance Space 122, New York, NY. 10 performances. TEACHING Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY. Affiliate Artist, 2005-2007. Guest Faculty, 2007-present. Courses taught: • MUSC5332U: Diction for Singers (2005-present) • MUSC5373U: Conducting (2007-present) • MUSC5376U: Sarah Lawrence Orchestra (2007-present) Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY. Piano faculty, 2009-2010. • Taught solo piano and music theory California Music Festival, Walnut Creek, CA. Orchestra conductor, July-August, 2006. • In addition to conducting responsibilities, coached chamber music ensembles Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy, St. Peter, MN. Orchestra conductor, June-July, 2006. • In addition to conducting responsibilities, taught solo piano Weber State University, Ogden, UT. Member of Ensemble-in-Residence, Amelia Piano Trio, 2001-2002. • Gave master classes in piano performance • Coached chamber ensembles • Taught solo piano Green Lake Festival of Music, Green Lake, WI. Faculty, July, 2000 and July, 2001. • Coached chamber ensembles • Taught solo piano
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State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY. Teaching Assistant, 1999-2001. • Taught solo piano to undergraduate students Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, IL. Apprentice Conductor, 1997-1999. • In addition to conducting responsibilities, taught music theory VOCAL COACHING and REPETITEUR WORK Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, 2005-present. • Instructor of course in Italian, French and German vocal diction Conductors’ Retreat at Medomak, Liberty, ME, July 2010; July, 2009; July, 2007 • Played as member of staff piano quintet, reading wind and brass parts from score for conducting students Waterville Valley Music Center Conductors Workshop, Waterville Valley, NH, August 2007. • Played as member of staff piano quintet, reading wind and brass parts from score for conducting students Juilliard School, New York, NY, 2003-2005. • Coached and conducted excerpts from Mozart’s Don Giovanni under supervision of George Manahan • Worked with Margo Garrett and Richard Cross in courses in vocal accompanying and German vocal literature St. Barth’s Music Festival, St. Barthémely, Jaunary, 2002. • Assisted in preparation of concert-version of Gounoud’s Faust, conducted by Richard Buckley Private coachings, Chicago, IL and New York, NY, 1998-present. • Assist singers in preparation of operatic and art-song repertoire Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Chicago, IL, 1997-1999. • Assisted in vocal lessons and coachings for Center Artists • Observed rehearsals and coachings of numerous main-stage Lyric Opera productions REPRESENTATIVE CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCES Music Mountain, Lakeville, CT, August 2010, August, 2009 and July, 2008. Three performances; with Daedalus String Quartet and Avalon String Quartet; music of
Yates, page 6 Schumann, Brahms and Mozart. Canandaigua Lake Music Festival, Canandaigua, NY, August 2010. With Juliana Athyde, violin, Amy Sue Barston, cello, and Erik Behr, oboe; music of Loeffler, Silverman and Fauré. The Tank, New York, NY, Dcember, 2009. With the American Contermporary Music Ensemble; music of John Cage and Phil Kline. MATA Festival, Brooklyn, NY, April 2008. With The Knights; music of Zibuokle Martinayite, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Aaron Gervais. Weill Recital Hall, New York, NY, March, 2006. Thomas Quasthoff Professional Training Workshop Concert. With Amelia Watkins, soprano; music of Schubert, Schoenberg and Strauss. Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY, January, 2006. With Patrycja Piekutowska, violin; music of Penderecki, Szymanowski, Lutoslawski, and Bacewicz. Makor Center of the 92nd St. Y, New York, NY, November, 2003 and May, 2004. Two performances for Music at Makor; with Jane Chung, violin and Amy Barston, cello; music of Franck, Ravel and Brahms. Miller Theater, New York, NY, December, 2002. As a member of the Amelia Piano Trio; music of Jeffrey Mumford. 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, February, 2001. As a member of the Amelia Piano Trio; music of Augusta Read Thomas. Chateau Concerts at Ainay, Ainay, France, August, 2001. With Jennifer Fraustchi, violin; music of Prokofiev. Merkin Hall, New York, NY, January, 2000; March, 2001; October, 2002. Three performances as a member of the Amelia Piano Trio; with Ida Kafavian, violist, Scott Lee, violist; music of Mozart, Hummel, Joan Tower, Augusta Read Thomas, Lu Pei. Green Lake Festival of Music, Green Lake, WI, September, 1999. With Demarre McGill, flute; Anthony McGill, clarinet; music of Reinecke and Brahms. Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, May, 1999. Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop Concert. As a member of the Amelia Piano Trio; music of Brahms. CONCERTO APPEARANCES Lake George Chamber Orchestra, February, 2009. Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A major, BWV 1055; conducted from the keyboard; Hyde Collection, Glen Falls, NY.
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Camerata Notturna, March, 2008. Chester Biscardi Recognition for solo piano, solo violin and string orchestra (World Premiere); Annaliesa Place, violin; conducted from the keyboard; Church of the Good Shepherd, New York, NY. Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, April, 2002. Beethoven, Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 56; Anthea Kreston, violin, Jason Duckles, cello, Alan Tinkham, conductor; Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL. Encore Chamber Orchestra, Mozart, Piano Concerto #23 in A major, K. 488; Rossen Milanov, Conductor; Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL and Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL. Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, February, 2000. Elliot Carter, Double Concerto for Piano and Harpsichord with Two Chamber Orchestras; Gabriel Shuford, Harpsichord, William Purvis, Conductor; Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook, NY and Christ and St. Stephens’ Church, New York, NY. Sofia Festival Orchestra, January, 1999. Mendelssohn Capriccio Brillante, Op. 22; Nayden Todorov, Conductor; Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria. Harvard University Bach Society Orchestra, April, 1996. Beethoven Piano Concerto #2 in B-flat major, op. 19; conducted from the keyboard; Paine Hall, Cambridge, MA. REPRESENTATIVE SOLO RECITALS Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Chicago, IL, December 2007 and February, 2003. Music in the Loft, Chicago, IL, November, 2002. La Jolla Chamber Music Society, La Jolla, CA, August, 2001 University of Chicago Concert Series, Chicago, IL, February, 2001 Mostly Music Concert Series, Chicago, IL, January, 1999. Sofia Festival Concerts, Sofia, Bulgaria, January, 1999. Ventura Chamber Music Series, Ventura, CA, February, 1998. National Museum of American History, on fortepiano, Washington, DC, November, 1991.
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OUTREACH EDUCATION Harlem School for the Arts, New York, NY, 2008-present. • Initiated a collaboration between HSA and Camerata Notturna which aims to teach the students that music can be a permanent part of their life, regardless of their chosen career • Inaugural event on December 13, 2008: Open rehearsal of Beethoven/Mahler Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, “Serioso,” and joint reading of Grieg Holberg Suite La Jolla Chamber Music Society, La Jolla, CA, January, 2002. • Prepared and performed educational concerts in schools in San Diego area as a member of Amelia Piano Trio CAMI/Trawick Artists Community Concerts, New York, NY, 2001-2002 • Prepared and performed outreach concerts for concerts in small communities across the United States as a member of Amelia Piano Trio Weber State University, Ogden, UT, 2001-2002. • Prepared and performed educational concerts in schools in Salt Lake City area as a member of Amelia Piano Trio St. Barth’s Music Festival, St. Barthémely, January, 2002. • Prepared and performed educational concerts in French for St. Barth’s school children as a member of Amelia Piano Trio Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Chicago, IL, 1997-1999. • Accompanied singers in outreach programs to inner-city Chicago schools. Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, IL, 1997-1999. • Prepared and narrated the organization’s annual outreach concert for hundreds of Chicago-area students in Pick-Staiger Hall. PUBLICATIONS The Juilliard Journal, Vol. XIX No. 7, April, 2005. “Reviving Music Silenced by the Holocaust: A Conversation with James Conlon”. The Juilliard Journal, Vol. XIX No. 5, February, 2005, “James Judd on Music, Politics, and the Future of Orchestras”.
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RECORDINGS “Clarinet Chamber Music by Hindemith”, November, 2003. With John Bruce Yeh, Associate Principal Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Cedille Records: CDR 90000 072. FESTIVALS AND WORKSHOPS Thomas Quasthoff Carnegie Hall Workshop, New York, NY, March, 2006. ASOL Donald Thulean Conducting Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, February, 2006. Conductors’ Retreat at Medomak, Liberty, ME, July, 2004 and July, 2005. Conductors Guild Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI, October, 2004. International Conducting Workshop, Sofia, Bulgaria, August, 2004. La Jolla Chamber Music Society Summerfest, La Jolla, CA, August, 2000. Silk Road Project: Workshop at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA, July, 2000. Isaac Stern Carnegie Hall Chamber Music Workshop, New York, NY, May, 1999. Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Italy, July, 1998. Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Blue Hill, ME, July, 1996. Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL. July, 1994 and July, 1995 Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, CA, August, 1993. LANGUAGES French: conversational. Italian: conversational. German: basic.
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