Student Prizes

Awarded at the Yale School of Music Honors Banquet, May 5, 2019

Woods Chandler Memorial Prize, for the best composition in a larger form written during the year. Awarded to Nathaniel Philip May.

Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize, to a graduating voice student who demonstrates exceptional talent as an artist and promise for a professional career. Awarded to Lauren Jean McQuistin.

Smriti Deb Memorial Prize, to an outstanding graduating singer who best reflects and exemplifies the ideals and values of Smriti Deb and her commitment to teaching low-income and underrepresented children. Awarded to Rachel Lauren Weishoff.

Broadus Erle Prize, to outstanding violinists in the School of Music. Awarded to Ariel Horowitz, Sirena Huang, and Matthew Abraham Woodard.

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

Friedmann Thesis Prize, for a Doctor of Musical Arts thesis notable for its distinguished research, original perspective, in-depth engagement with its subject, and well-crafted presentation. Awarded to Nathaniel Philip May.

Rena Greenwald Memorial Prize, for the best piano composition written during the year. Awarded to Miles Van Walter.

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 Marlea Danielle Simpson.

Charles Ives Prize, to an outstanding organ major. Awarded to Ryan Kennedy.

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

David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, to an outstanding singer in the School of Music. Awarded to Matthew Cossack.

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

Ezra Laderman Prize, for the best composition written for musical theater or voice. Awarded to Tanner Porter.

Charles S. Miller Prize, to a gifted pianist who has done outstanding work during the first year of study. Awarded to Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner.

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

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 Edward Wright Vogel.

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

Aldo Parisot Prize, to gifted cellists who show promise for concert careers. Awarded to Anita Balazs and Guilherme Nardelli Monegatto.

Elizabeth Parisot Prize, to outstanding pianists in the School of Music. Awarded to Yun Lu and Gabriele Strata.

Presser Foundation Music Award, to an outstanding returning student, to advance the student’s music education. Awarded to Daniel Lawrence Tucker.

Robert Shaw Prize, given in honor of the renowned American choral conductor and awarded to a choral conducting major in the School of Music chosen for distinguished achievement by the choral conducting faculty. Awarded to Margaret Kimberly Burk.

Julia R. Sherman Memorial Prize, for excellence in organ playing. Awarded to Jacob Alexander Reed.

John Swallow Prize, to an outstanding brass player whose artistry and dedication have contributed to the department. Awarded to Jacob Ryan Fewx.

Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, to students who have excelled in their respective fields and have also made important contributions to the general life of the School. Awarded to Luis Rodolfo Aguilar Regalado, Katherine Arndt, Antonia Katherine Chandler, Chun Fung Hon, Ye Jin Min, Szymon Barnaba Nehring, David Alexander Simon, Chloe Louise Swindler, Emily Marie Switzer, Nicoletta Todesco, and Matthew Abraham Woodard.

Awarded at Commencement Ceremonies, May 20, 2019

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 Miles Van Walter.

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

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 Mary Marta Hortobagyi Lambert.