Big Ups to David Lang and Christopher Theofanidis who have just been appointed to the faculty of the Yale School of Music. They will teach graduate students in the school’s composition program as well as teach courses and participate in the performances of their works. Both earned masters and DMA degrees from the Yale School of Music before embarking on their illustrious careers.

Lang, professor of composition (adjunct), is the most recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize in music. Theofanidis, associate professor of composition (adjunct), is both a frequently-performed composer and a respected educator.

The composition appointments were announced at the same time as faculty appointments in four other disciplines: Jana Baty, mezzo soprano, assistant professor (adjunct) of voice; Richard Holzer, Ph.D., associate professor (adjunct) of music history; Tiffany Kuo, assistant professor (adjunct) of hearing; and Michael Roylance, lecturer in tuba.

Meanwhile, David Shifrin, who has served as professor of clarinet at the Yale School of Music since 1987, will assume full-time responsibilities.  He will continue his studio teaching and will play a leading role as advisor to the School’s highly regarded chamber music program. He will also serve as artistic director of both the Chamber Music Society at Yale and the School’s concert series at Carnegie Hall.

3 Responses to “New Haven, Before and After One Arrives”
  1. zeno says:

    And the University of California – Berkeley, as well, recently renewed its composition faculty by appointing Ken Ueno and Franck Bedrossian, both of whom also have illustrious careers from their somewhat later starting points …


    Also, the Memorial Event for Jorge Liderman
    will be September 14 at 2 p.m. in Hertz Hall, Berkeley:

    Tropes V (Jackie Chew, piano)
    Tiempo Viejo (Florian Conzetti, percussion)
    Aires de Sefarad (Duo 46: Matt Gould, guitar & Beth Ilana, violin)
    Antigone Furiosa (film clip)
    Swirling Streams (Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players)

  2. David Smooke says:

    As someone who had the great pleasure of working with Chris for a year, I can attest that Yale is very fortunate to have him.

  3. Andrew says:

    Does anyone know who will take over Chris’ position at Peabody? Just curious.