Student Prizes

Awarded at the Honors Banquet, May 14, 2022

The Woods Chandler Memorial Prize, for the best composition in a larger form written during the year. Awarded to Soomin Kim.

The Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize, 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 Laureano Quant Callejas.

The 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 under-represented children. Awarded to Jordan Costa.

The Broadus Erle Prize, to outstanding violinists in the School of Music. Awarded to Jieming Tang, Ilana Zaks, Madison Marshall, and William Suh.

The Friedmann Thesis Prize, for a D.M.A. thesis notable for its distinguished research, original perspective, in-depth engagement with its subject, and well-crafted presentation. Awarded to Udi Perlman.

The Rena Greenwald Memorial Prize, for the best piano composition written during the year. Awarded to Udi Perlman.

The Charles Ives Prize, to an outstanding organ major. Awarded to Mengfei Xu.

The John Day Jackson Prize, for outstanding chamber music compositions written for strings, with or without other instruments. Awarded to Samantha Wolf.

The David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, to an outstanding singer in the School of Music. Awarded to Jonghyun Park.

The Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize, for the best composition written in a contrapuntal style. Awarded to Sofia Pfleger.

The Ezra Laderman Prize, for the best compositions written for musical theater or voice. Awarded to Joel Thompson.

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

The 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 Rachel Johnstone.

The Philip F. Nelson Prize, for a student whose musicianship is outstanding and who demonstrates curiosity, talent, and an entrepreneurial spirit in the many dimensions of the music profession. Awarded to Seho Young.

The Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Memorial Prize, to a student who has demonstrated the highest standard of excellence in woodwind playing. Awarded to Soo Min Ha.

The Aldo Parisot Prize, to gifted cellists who show promise for a concert career. Awarded to Stephen Perkyns and Hans Emil Sollesnes.

The Elizabeth Parisot Prize, to an outstanding pianist in the School of Music. Awarded to Carter Johnson and Linda Lee.

The Plank Music Residency, established by the estate of Raymond Plank, B.A. 1944, is awarded to two students for distinguished achievement in their major. Each will complete a two-week residency of independent work in the extraordinary setting of the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Awarded to Florrie Marshall and Andrew Samarasekara.

Presser Foundation Music Award, to advance the music education of an outstanding returning student. Awarded to Russell Fisher.

The Robert Shaw Prize, given in honor of the renowned American choral conductor, is awarded to a choral conducting major in the School of Music chosen for distinguished achievement by the choral conducting faculty. Awarded to Maura Tuffy.

The Julia R. Sherman Memorial Prize, for excellence in organ playing. Awarded to Manuel Piazza.

The John Swallow Prize, to an outstanding brass player whose artistry and dedication have contributed to the department. Awarded to Ava Conway.

The Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, to students who have not only excelled in their respective fields but have also made important contributions to the general life of the School. Awarded to Kai ieng Chan, Alejandro Dergal, Jonah Ellsworth, Roberto Granados, Salome Jordania, Ching Laam Yeung, Miriam Liske-Doorandish, Zachary Merkovsky, Anthony Ratinov, Elvin Schlanger, and William Stevens.

Awarded at Commencement, May 23, 2022

The 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 Magdalena Kuźma.

The Harriet Gibbs Fox Memorial Prize, awarded to a first-year student who has achieved the highest grade-point average. Awarded to Kayeung (Thomas) Hung.

The Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, awarded to a returning student who is selected by the faculty as best fulfilling Dean Parker’s lofty musical ideals. Awarded to Anna Lee.