Student Prizes

Awarded at Commencement, May 24, 2021

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

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 Ryan Matthew Capozzo.

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 Ryan Tani.

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 underrepresented children. Awarded to Matthew C. Peterson.

The Broadus Erle Prize, to outstanding violinists in the School of Music. Awarded to Michael Patrick Ferri, Jeremy Lap Hei Hao, Bing Yang Li, Kyung Ah Oh, Hikaru Yonezaki, and Wei Zhu.

The Harriet Gibbs Fox Memorial Prize, to a first-year student who has achieved the highest grade-point average. Awarded to Magdalena Kúzma.

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 Joseph deVaron Lerangis.

The Rena Greenwald Memorial Prize, for the best piano composition written during the year. Awarded to Joel Bentley Thompson.

The Georgina Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize, to be awarded 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 in the field. Awarded to Emma Wernig.

The Charles Ives Prize, to an outstanding organ major. Awarded to Matthew Alexander Ingwersen.

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

The David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, to an outstanding singer in the School of Music. Awarded to Martina Ardell Myskohlid.

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

The Ezra Laderman Prize, for the best compositions written for musical theater or voice. Awarded to Samantha Maree Wolf.

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

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 Hikaru Yonezaki.

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 Hannah Pauline Tarley.

The Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Memorial Prize, to a student who has demonstrated the highest standard of excellence in woodwind playing. Awarded to Cameron Ross Cullen.

The Aldo Parisot Prize, to gifted cellists who show promise for a concert career. Awarded to Jonah Ellsworth.

The Elizabeth Parisot Prize, to an outstanding pianist in the School of Music. Awarded to Yi-Chen Feng.

The Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, to a returning student selected by the faculty as best fulfilling Dean Parker’s lofty musical ideals. Awarded to Avarie (Nikki) Pet.

The Plank Music Residency, established by the estate of Raymond Plank ’44 B.A., 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 Jonah Ellsworth and Joel Bentley Thompson.

The Presser Foundation Music Award, to advance the music education of an outstanding returning student. Awarded to Katherine Arndt.

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 Joseph deVaron Lerangis.

The Julia R. Sherman Memorial Prize, for excellence in organ playing. Awarded to Clara Gerdes.

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

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 Shenae Lauren Anderson, Henry Bond, Ann Sangeun Cho, Kevin Chow, Rhianna Leigh Cockrell, Maryam Hajialigol, Connor David Giovanni Holland, Beatrice Peiju Hsieh, Hae Sol Amy Hur, Eleni E. Katz, Soomin Kim, Amelia Brynne Merriman, Katharine Frances Pollock, Marvin Ren, Alexa Dorottya Stier, Maura Elizabeth Tuffy, Samantha Maree Wolf, and Seho Young.