Performance Sunday, April 17, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Dawn Upshaw and Donnacha Dennehy Young Artists Concert

Zankel Hall
Over the past week, composer Dennehy and soprano Upshaw have mentored these young composers and singers from the first tentative steps toward creating a new work through to this exciting premiere-performance concert. It’s the culmination of a Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshop, presented in partnership with The Bard College Conservatory of Music.


  • Workshop Ensemble
    Alan Pierson, Conductor
  • Alicia Lee, Bass Clarinet
  • Anna Elashvili, Violin
  • Aviya Kopelman, Composer
  • Aviya Kopelman, Piano
  • Bridget Kibbey, Harp
  • Christopher Mayo, Composer
  • Claire Bryant, Cello
  • Clarissa Lyons, Soprano
  • Cody Brown, Drum Set
  • Dan Peck, Tuba
  • Fanny Alofs, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Gregory DeTurck, Piano
  • Heidi Schaul-Yoder, Violin
  • Ilana Zarankin, Soprano
  • Jeffrey Hill, Tenor
  • Jeongcheol Cha, Bass-Baritone
  • Joseph Brent, Banjo
  • Julia Bullock, Soprano
  • Kris Saebo, Bass
  • Kyle Sanna, Guitar
  • Lance Suzuki, Flute
  • Leroy Davis, Bass-Baritone
  • Margot Rood, Soprano
  • Matthew Ward, Percussion
  • Meena Bhasin, Viola
  • Mellissa Hughes, Soprano
  • Rafi Malkiel, Trombone
  • Sarah Beaty, Clarinet
  • Shawn Jaeger, Composer
  • Shen Yiwen, Composer
  • Wang Nian, Mezzo-Soprano


  • SHEN YIWEN Taking Leave of a Friend (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • CHRISTOPHER MAYO Death on Three-Mile Creek (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • AVIYA KOPELMAN Grief Measure (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • SHAWN JAEGER Letters Made with Gold (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)


  • Christopher Mayo

    Canadian composer Christopher Mayo is currently based in London. He is the recipient of the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal's Génération 2010 Audience Choice Award and the 2005 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize.

    Recent projects include works for the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal. Mr. Mayo recently collaborated on Matthew Herbert's One Day project for the London Sinfonietta. He also appeared in the documentary Classic Goldie as he assisted drum and bass star Goldie with his commission for the BBC Proms.

    Upcoming projects include a composition for TRANSIT, as well as new works for music ensembles ACME and L'arsenale for the 2011 MATA Festival.
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  • Clarissa Lyons

    Californian soprano Clarissa Lyons holds degrees from University of California, Berkeley and Manhattan School of Music, and she currently studies at Bard College Conservatory with Patricia Misslin. She has appeared in La bohème, John Musto's Later the Same Evening, and the premiere of David T. Little's Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera. Ms. Lyons has performed in recital with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, and John Musto. She is a recipient of the 2010 Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest at Pepperdine, UC Berkeley's Eisner Prize and other awards. This summer, Clarissa will be a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
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  • Fanny Alofs

    After earning a master's degree and graduating cum laude in vocal jazz, Fanny Alofs specialized in contemporary classical music during a postgraduate course at Vocal Lab Netherlands, an international studio for contemporary vocal music.

    Ms. Alofs has collaborated with many outstanding names in the field, singing under conductors Reinbert de Leeuw and Jaap van Zweden, performing Steve Reich's Tehillim under the composer's supervision, and working with Georges Aperghis on his masterpiece Machinations. In 2011, Ms. Alofs will premiere a solo piece written by Roderik de Man.
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  • Ilana Zarankin

    Currently in her final year of Dawn Upshaw's Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard College Conservatory of Music in the studio of Lorraine Nubar, Ilana completed her BMus in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto (Opera Division) studying with Mary Morrison. Ms. Zarankin recently performed at The Morgan Library and Museum in a concert of new works entitled "First Songs." This past summer, she was a young artist at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. Ms. Zarankin also has participated in soprano Wendy Nielsen's Opera Intensive, the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre's contemporary song course, and the Vancouver International Song Institute. She is the recipient of the 2009-2011 Gonzalo and Kathy de las Heras Vocal Scholarship and the 2009 Women's Musical Club of Toronto Centennial Scholarship. Ms. Zarankin also holds a degree in drama and theater from McGill University.
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  • Jeffrey Hill

    Jeffrey Hill received his Bachelor of Music degree and his Master of Music degree in opera theater degrees from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and is a featured young artist at both Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Music Academy of the West. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in recital with Warren Jones in January 2011, and recently performed the role of Sultan Soliman in Mozart's Zaide with Ensemble ACJW in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. He has won several competitions, including the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. He currently attends Bard College Conservatory's Graduate Vocal Arts Program, where he studies privately with Edith Bers.
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  • Jeongcheol Cha

    Born in Ulsan, South Korea, Jeongcheol Cha received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Seoul National University. He has won numerous competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions in its Boston District, and has appeared in leading roles in concerts and operas throughout Korea, Japan, and France. He recently received acclaim for his performance as Leporello in a recent Seoul City Opera production of Don Giovanni, and also appeared in a gala concert in Seoul under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung. During the past few summers, he completed coursework at the Dalton Baldwin Academy in France. He is currently pursuing a second master's degree at Bard College, where he studies with Lorraine Nubar.
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  • Julia Bullock

    A native of St. Louis, Julia Bullock was accepted into Bard College Conservatory's Vocal Arts Program as the first recipient of the Mimi Levitt Scholarship. As the winner of Bard's Concerto Competition, she will make her debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in February 2011. Ms. Bullock's roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Monica in The Medium-a role she has sung with Eastman Opera Theater-and the title role in L'enfant et les sortilèges. A prizewinner in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, Ms. Bullock participated in the Artists in Training program with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, and is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association.
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  • Leroy Y. Davis

    A New York native, Leroy Y. Davis is an alumnus of the Boys Choir of Harlem, and received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College The New School for Music in 2007. He has performed scenes from La traviata, The Consul, Faust, La clemenza di Tito, Mignon, and Lakmé, and participated in productions of Don Giovanni, Il tabarro, and Gianni Schicchi. In spring 2009, Mr. Davis sang the world premiere of Kevin Boursiquot's Song Cycle for Baritone and created the role of the Doctor/Priest in Ronnie Reshef's Requiem for the Living, both with the Mannes Orchestra. In 2010, he created the roles of Atticus Finch's Trainer in David T. Little's Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera, and the Father in Missy Massoli's Songs from the Uproar: The Life and times of Isabelle Eberhardt. A recipient of the Charles P. Stevenson Scholarship, Mr. Davis is currently in his second year at Bard College Conservatory.
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  • Margot Rood

    American soprano Margot Rood is a versatile artist whose work spans the Baroque, operatic, musical theater, and new music repertoire. Her recent credits include Dorinda in Orlando with Green Mountain Opera Festival; Fredrika in A Little Night Music and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods with St. Petersburg Opera Company; Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly, and Yum-Yum in The Mikado with the Janiec Opera Company; and Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas with Montreal's Theatre of Early Music. Ms. Rood is a choral scholar in the renowned Marsh Chapel Choir in Boston, where she also performs regularly with the Boston New Music Initiative. In Montreal, Ms. Rood performs with numerous Baroque ensembles including Bernard Labadie's La Chapelle de Québec and Christopher Jackson's Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal. A recent graduate of McGill University, Ms. Rood was seen as Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Emmie in Albert Herring, Aeglé in Lully's Thésée, and Oberto in Alcina. While at McGill, she was a two-time recipient of the prestigious Schulich Scholar Award for American musicians studying in Canada.
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  • Mellissa Hughes

    Soprano Mellissa Hughes enjoys a busy career performing with Alarm Will Sound, Vox Ensemble, Clarion Music Society, eighth blackbird, Newspeak New Music Ensemble, Signal Ensemble, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Victoire, and The Breeders. Her upcoming season highlights include a premiere with the American Composers Orchestra and recording Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians with Signal Ensemble. Ms. Hughes records for Nonesuch, Cantelope, and Naxos Records and is a New Amsterdam Records Artist. She holds degrees from Yale University and Westminster Choir College, Princeton.
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  • Shawn Jaeger

    Shawn Jaeger was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1985. His music draws inspiration from Appalachian ballad singing and Old Regular Baptist hymnody. Honors include an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Northwestern University M. William Karlins and William T. Faricy awards, and two BMI Student Composer Awards. His works have been performed by the JACK Quartet, Ensemble dal niente, the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Duo Borealis. Mr. Jaeger received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 2007, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Northwestern University.
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  • Shen Yiwen

    Chinese award-winning composer-pianist Shen Yiwen's works have been performed worldwide by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, Colorado String Quartet, Talea Ensemble, and the Music From China Ensemble, among others. As one of the first graduates from Bard College Conservatory of Music, he earned both a bachelor's degree in composition under Joan Tower and George Tsontakis and a bachelor's degree in German studies. A graduate student at The Juilliard School, he now studies with Samuel Adler. Visit for more information.
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  • Wang Nian

    Native to China, mezzo-soprano Wang Nian made her US debut as part of the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program opera triple-bill last season. She sang four roles in Maurice Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges. In the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar, Ms. Wang created the role of the Mother. In China, she has won a number of competitions in her home province of Jiangsu, including the Golden Bell Award of 2009 and the 13th National CCTV Young Singer TV Grand Prix in 2008. In 2007, under the invitation of the Singapore Composers Association, she participated in a concert in Singapore entitled "Bel Canto from South of the Yangtze River Resounds through Lion City," and was awarded a scholarship.
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About Professional Training Workshops

Dear friends,

Welcome to the 2010–2011 season of the Professional Training Workshops of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute!

These weeklong, tuition-free experiences offer a unique opportunity for young musicians to explore many aspects of musical life. Participants delve into repertoire and gain insight and tools to nurture their artistic vision by working side by side with the highest caliber artists. They learn ways to communicate and connect with audiences, building a sense of community to last throughout their careers.

In partnership with Bard College Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Hall commissioned four young composers to write new vocal works for ten selected singers. Composer Donnacha Dennehy and soprano Dawn Upshaw have mentored these musicians through the collaborative compositional process, leading up to these premiere performances. Three of the singers were chosen by competitive application and seven are students of Bard’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, where Dawn Upshaw serves as Artistic Director.

We celebrate and admire the dedication of these young artists and hope they inspire you to investigate and pursue your passions.

We hope you’ll join us for our upcoming workshops in the 2011–2012 season. Please visit for more information.


Sarah Johnson
Director, Weill Music Institute

Program Notes

Workshop Leaders

Dawn Upshaw  

Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her acclaimed performances on the opera stage comprise the great Mozart roles—including Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, and Despina—as well as modern works by Stravinsky, Poulenc, and Messiaen. From Salzburg, Paris, and Glyndebourne to the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Upshaw has also championed numerous new works created for her, including The Great Gatsby by John Harbison, the Grawemeyer Award–winning opera L’Amour de loin and oratorio La passion de Simone by Kaija Saariaho, John Adams’s Nativity oratorio El Niño, and Osvaldo Golijov’s chamber opera Ainadamar and song cycle Ayre.

Ms. Upshaw’s 2010–2011 season opens with performances of works by Osvaldo Golijov and Joseph Canteloube at the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She tours Europe with György Kurtag’s Kafka-Fragmente, reprises her celebrated role in John Adams’s El Niño with the San Francisco Symphony, and begins a second three-year term as Artistic Partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Upshaw sings world premieres of works written for her by composers Donnacha Dennehy, Joan Tower, Pablo Ortiz, Gabriela Frank, and Maria Schneider. As the Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival, Ms. Upshaw curates and performs a series of concerts with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and is featured in Peter Sellars’s new production of selections from George Crumb’s American Songbooks.

A four-time Grammy Award winner, Ms. Upshaw is featured on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorecki. Her discography also includes full-length opera recordings of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Messiaen’s St. Francois d’Assise, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Adams’s El Niño, two volumes of Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, and a dozen recital recordings. Her most recent release on Deutsche Grammophon is Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, the third in a series of acclaimed recordings of Osvaldo Golijov’s music.

Ms. Upshaw is Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, the Manhattan School of Music, Allegheny College, and Illinois Wesleyan University. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” grant.

Donnacha Dennehy  

Dublin-born composer Donnacha Dennehy studied music composition with Hormoz Farhat at Trinity College Dublin, and at the University of Illinois, where his main teachers were Salvatore Martirano, Erik Lund, and William Brooks. He pursued further studies in electronic music at The Hague and at IRCAM in Paris. After returning to Ireland to take up a position as lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, Mr. Dennehy founded the Crash Ensemble in 1997, which has since made an indelible mark on the Irish new music scene.

Mr. Dennehy has received commissions from many of the world’s most celebrated artists and ensembles, including Dawn Upshaw, Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Electra Ensemble, Fidelio Trio, Icebreaker, Joanna MacGregor, Lisa Moore, Monica Germino, Isabelle O’Connell, New Noise, Orkest de Ereprijs, Orkest de Volharding, Percussion Group The Hague, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, the Smith Quartet, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Mr. Dennehy has also collaborated on pieces with the choreographers Yoshiko Chuma and Shobana Jeyasingh, and with the visual artist John Gerrard. His work has been featured in festivals such as ISCM World Music Days, Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, WNYC’s New Sounds Live, Sonic Evolutions Festival at Lincoln Center, EXPO, Ultima Festival in Oslo, Fuse Leeds, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and International Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam.

Recent premieres include That the Night Come (2010) for Dawn Upshaw and the Crash Ensemble, Crane (2009) for RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and As an Nós (2009) for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

Upcoming commissions include a major new work for the Kronos Quartet. Forthcoming recordings include a full-length album for Nonesuch Records featuring the performers Dawn Upshaw, Iarla Ó Lionáird, and the Crash Ensemble. Mr. Dennehy’s first portrait CD, Elastic Harmonic, was released in 2007 by NMC Recordings in London.

Alan Pierson  

Alan Pierson is the Artistic Director of Alarm Will Sound, Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Principal Conductor of the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with the London Sinfonietta, Steve Reich Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Ensemble ACJW, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Silk Road Project. In addition, he has served as a visiting faculty conductor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Pierson has collaborated with major composers and performers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, La Monte Young, and choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan, and Eliot Feld. Mr. Pierson has recorded for Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.

Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by the US Department of Education and by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.