Admissions Viewbook 2020

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At the Yale School of Music, exploration drives every student’s musical journey. 2

Welcome For more than 125 years, the Yale School of Music has nurtured some of our field’s most successful, celebrated, and influential performers and composers. Each year, we invite a relatively small number of extraordinary musicians to further refine their craft and discover their artistic voice with the guidance of a distinguished faculty. These students and faculty contribute to and benefit from the resources and international distinction of Yale University, which cherishes academic vigor and places great value on all of the fine arts. Yale is renowned for its libraries, art galleries, historical collections, and theatrical presentations, and for its rich concert life. The eleven other professional schools at the university, the graduate school, and Yale College itself contribute to a vibrant intellectual environment. I encourage you to consider pursuing your graduate studies at Yale, where you can broaden your horizons, deepen your thinking, and ignite your creativity as you carve a path to your future.

Robert Blocker Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music


The Yale School of Music is built on rich performance traditions and has fostered the creation of important contributions to the repertoire. 4

Study tuition-free A full-tuition award and fellowship are given to all admitted students, with the exception of those receiving awards from other agencies.

Distinguished faculty Recognized around the world for their performances, compositions, and scholarship, Yale School of Music faculty are an invaluable resource for our students, our audiences, and our field.

International student body Each year, the Yale School of Music receives around 1,500 applications. YSM regularly admits approximately 100 students who come from more than 20 different countries, two dozen U.S. states, and more than 70 institutions.

Faculty Spotlight Ani Kavafian Faculty violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. At Yale, Kavafian teaches a studio of graduate-level violin students, coaches chamber ensembles, and performs on several of the school’s concert series.


Degrees + programs Master of Music (M.M.)

A two-year program for students who hold a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in music or another subject.

Master of Musical Arts (M.M.A.)

A two-year, performance-oriented degree for students who hold a master’s degree in the same major.

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

A distinctive program comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which students launch their professional careers. For students who hold a master’s degree in the same major.

Artist Diploma (A.D.)

A two-year program for instrumentalists and singers on the cusp of a career who hold a minimum of a high school diploma.

Certificate in Performance (CERT)

A three-year program for a small number of gifted students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Music (B.A./M.M.) Offered in conjunction with Yale College. An option for undergraduates to complete a B.A. from Yale College and an M.M. from YSM in five years.


Partnership with ISM The Yale Institute of Sacred Music, an interdisciplinary graduate center, educates leaders who foster, explore, and study engagement with the sacred through music, worship, and the arts in Christian communities, diverse religious traditions, and public life. Partnering with the Yale School of Music and the Yale Divinity School, the Institute prepares its students for careers in church music and other sacred music, pastoral ministry, performance, and scholarship.

Fellowship opportunities String Quartet Fellowship

Offers an exceptional young quartet the opportunity to work closely with the Brentano String Quartet, the school’s ensemble.

Collaborative Piano Fellowship

Offers outstanding pianists the opportunity to further their training in collaborative piano by working with students and faculty from the Yale School of Music.



Ensemble-in-residence The Brentano String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at YSM, anchors the chamber music program.

Chamber music and more Chamber music is at the core of the YSM curriculum. Students perform in traditional and less-traditional configurations and groups during the course of their degree programs and participate in chamber-music master classes and piano and composition seminars with faculty and renowned guest artists and ensembles.

Areas of study Bassoon Cello Clarinet Composition Conducting Double Bass Flute

Guitar Harp Harpsichord Horn Oboe Organ Percussion

Piano Trombone Trumpet Tuba Viola Violin Voice

Performance opportunities Enhance your skills in solo, chamber music, and orchestral settings.


Chamber Music New Music New Haven Yale Cellos Yale Opera Yale Percussion Group Yale Philharmonia

Vocal ensembles Yale Opera Schola Cantorum Yale Camerata Yale Voxtet

Competitions Concerto Chamber

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/ Yale Summer School of Music Situated on an idyllic landscape in Norfolk, Conn., the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music advances YSM’s mission through intense focus on the study and development of chamber music. The festival provides opportunities for the most talented instrumentalists, singers, and composers to collaborate with internationally acclaimed musicians and presents world-class performances that explore traditional and contemporary chamber music repertoire.


The Yale School of Music is the only graduateprofessional school in the Ivy League.


Students at YSM enjoy the intimacy of a small conservatory and the resources of a large, Ivy League university. Accelerate your path to success career strategies

YSM’s Office of Career Strategies provides students with the tools and knowledge they need to develop their careers.

Alumni network

Connect with a global network of more than 150,000 Yale alumni who are among the leaders in their respective fields.

Belding fund

The Belding Fund provides some financial assistance to current YSM students who travel for professional engagements, including performances, auditions, and competitions.


Alumni spotlight

Being situated in an environment of such high academic excellence is unique to a music school.” –KATE ARNDT, VIOLIN ’19MM ’20MMA, ’26DMA 12

BROADEN YOUR MUSICAL HORIZONS Exploration is an integral part of any performer’s education and practice. At the Yale School of Music, you’re given access to a vast array of musical, technological, and scholarly resources to help you think about, create, and perform music. Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

One of the foremost museums of its kind, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments acquires, preserves, and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present and showcases restored examples in demonstrations and live performances. Objects in the collection help inform students’ scholarship and music-making, and in some cases can be borrowed for performances.

Libraries and collections

Yale’s libraries provide students with access to one of the world’s largest collections of musical scores, historical and modern sound recordings, rare manuscripts, and more. Among the treasures to which students have access are manuscripts, papers, and scores of such classical musical luminaries as Charles Ives, Vladimir Horowitz, and Gustav Mahler. —The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library —Oral History of American Music (OHAM) —Historical Sound Recordings (HSR) —Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Creative technologies

Refine your sound with cutting-edge recording, production, and digital-composition technologies. —The Center for Studies in Music Technology (CSMT) —Media Production —Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM)


Life at Yale

The School of Music and the university stellar facilities for performance and lea and resources for housing, dining, well Engage with the New Haven community The Music in Schools Initiative partners with the New Haven Public Schools to support music educators and provides opportunities for students to participate in music-making.

Campus services YSM students have access to university-wide health-care, safety, and transportation services.

Graduate student life Graduate students can stay active in the Yale community in a variety of ways. Yale is home to a number of cultural centers and hundreds of student organizations.


y provide what students need: arning, career-strategies guidance, lness, and safety. Small city with easy outdoor escapes New Haven is a small city in an area that is rich in outdoor resources, from hiking trails to beaches.


Key admissions dates September 15 Applications open December 1 Applications due Mid-January Prescreening results emailed to all applicants Late-February Live auditions by invitation only Mid-March Admissions decisions sent by email April 15 Deadline for admitted students to respond to admission offers


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