Student Prizes

Awarded at the Yale School of Music Honors Banquet, May 6, 2018

Woods Chandler Memorial Prize, for the best composition in a larger form written during the year. Awarded to Krists Auznieks.

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 Bryan James Murray.

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 Sylvia Nicole D’Eramo.

Broadus Erle Prize, to outstanding violinists in the School of Music. Awarded to Alyssa Marie Blackstone, Dhyani Dharmawati Heath, and Laura Yeonsoo Park.

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

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 Krists Auznieks.

Rena Greenwald Memorial Prize, for the best piano composition written during the year. Awarded to Alishan Recep Gezgin.

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 Julia Clancy.

Charles Ives Prize, to an outstanding organ major. Awarded to Diana Lisa Chou.

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

David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, to an outstanding singer in the School of Music. Awarded to Stephen Christopher Clark.

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

Ezra Laderman Prize, for the best compositions written for musical theater or voice. Awarded to Sophie Cash-Goldwasser and Eli Joseph Greenhoe.

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

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 Helen Hye Jin Park.

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 Florrie Alison Marshall.

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

Aldo Parisot Prize, to gifted cellists who show promise for concert careers. Awarded to Samuel DeCaprio and Bitnalee Pong.

Elizabeth Parisot Prize, to outstanding pianists in the School of Music. Awarded to Dong Won Lee and Yannick Van de Velde.

Presser Foundation Music Award, to an outstanding returning student, to advance the student’s music education. Awarded to Shawn Allan Hutchison.

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 Joseph Keith Kemper.

Julia R. Sherman Memorial Prize, for excellence in organ playing. Awarded to Matthew Oliver Daley.

John Swallow Prize, to an outstanding brass player whose artistry and dedication have contributed to the department. Awarded to Zachary John Haas.

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 Graeme Steele Johnson, Bora Kim, James Simon Lee, Scott Matthew Leger, Sarah Rachel Saturnino, Sophiko Simsive, Leo Dallin Sussman, and Liliya Ugay.

Awarded at Commencement Ceremonies, May 21, 2018

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 Hilda Huang.

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

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 Sophia Mockler.