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Student Prizes

Awarded at the Yale School of Music Honors Banquet, May 7, 2017

Woods Chandler Memorial Prize, for the best composition in a larger form written during the year. Awarded to Hilary Rose Purrington.

Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize, whose purpose is to assist in launching the career of a graduating voice student who demonstrates exceptional talent as an artist and promise for a professional career. Awarded to Andres Moreno Garcia.

Broadus Erle Prize, to outstanding violinists in the School of Music. Awarded to Sirena Huang, Laura Yeonsoo Park, and Jiwon Sun.

Eliot Fisk Prize, to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievement and dedication have contributed greatly to the department. Awarded to Christopher Roy Garwood.

Friedmann Thesis Prize, to a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate whose thesis is notable for its distinguished research, original perspective, in-depth engagement with its subject, and well-crafted presentation. Awarded to Nathan James Reiff.

Rena Greenwald Memorial Prize, for the best piano composition written during the year. Awarded to Ethan Jeremy Gordon Braun.

Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize, to the violist in the graduating class whose performances while at Yale have exhibited the highest potential for success as a soloist or chamber musician. Awarded to Emily Grace Brandenburg.

Charles Ives Prize, to an outstanding organ major. Awarded to Gabriel Benton.

John Day Jackson Prize, for an outstanding chamber music composition written for strings, with or without other instruments. Awarded to Natalie Dietterich.

David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, to an outstanding singer in the School of Music. Awarded to Jessica Elizabeth Pray.

Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize, for the best composition written in a contrapuntal style. Awarded to Matthew Bridgham.

Ezra Laderman Prize, for the best composition written for musical theater or voice. Awarded to Molly Sandra Joyce.

Charles S. Miller Prize, to a gifted pianist who has done outstanding work during the first year of study. Awarded to Nansong Huang.

Malcolm L. Mitchell and Donald M. Roberts Class of 1957 Prize, to the outstanding graduating teaching artist in the Music in Schools Initiative. Awarded to Andrew Michael Stadler.

Philip F. Francis Nelson Prize, to a student whose musicianship is outstanding and who demonstrates curiosity, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit in the many dimensions of the music profession. Awarded to Lydia Rose Consilvio.

Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize, to a student who has demonstrated the highest standard of excellence in woodwind playing. Awarded to Jesse Reid McCandless.

Aldo Parisot Prize, to gifted cellists who show promise for concert careers. Awarded to Allan Joseph Hon and Mingyao Zhao.

Elizabeth Parisot Prize, to outstanding pianists in the School of Music. Awarded to Fantee Jones and Chengcheng Yao.

Presser Foundation Music Award, to an outstanding student, to advance the student’s music education. Awarded to Florrie Alison Marshall.

Julia R. Sherman Memorial Prize, for excellence in organ playing. Awarded to Nicholas Earl Quardokus.

John Swallow Prize, to an outstanding brass player whose artistry and dedication have contributed to the brass area. Awarded to Reese Farnell.

Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, to students who have not only excelled in their respective fields, but have also made an important contribution to the general life of the School. Awarded to Matthew Douglass Cramer, Felice Darlene Doynov, Graeme Steele Johnson, Sophia Mockler, Sun-A Park, Hilary Rose Purrington, and Diomedes B. Saraza, Jr.

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Awarded at Commencement Ceremonies, May 22, 2017

Harriet Gibbs Fox Memorial Prize, to a student who has achieved the highest grade point average during the first year at the School of Music. Awarded to Sirena Huang.

Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, to a student selected by the faculty as best fulfilling Dean Parker’s lofty musical ideals. Awarded to Liliya Ugay.

Dean’s Prize, the School’s highest excellence award, given to a member of the graduating class who is selected by the dean in consultation with the faculty. Awarded to Wynton Edmund Grant.

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