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June 4, 2012/For Immediate Release / hi-res image available
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu


WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Chancellor John Mauceri has received an award from the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA).

The award, presented Saturday evening, June 2, was presented “in recognition of Distinguished Service to the Yale College Class of 1967.” The honor was given for Chancellor Mauceri’s success in leading UNCSA for six years along with his accomplishments at Yale and in the arts throughout the world.

Chancellor Mauceri was at Yale this past weekend to present an address at the 45th Reunion of his Class of 1967. He spoke on “The Hollywood Sound: What It Is and How It Works.”

The Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Maestro Mauceri is one of the world's preeminent experts on film music.

The AYA Award was presented by Barry Bardo ’67, 45th Reunion Attendance Chair and a long-time friend of Maestro Mauceri. Bardo said, “No one in our very accomplished Yale class has contributed more to the arts and to music in particular, both at Yale and throughout the world, than John Mauceri. We take great pride in presenting this AYA Award to Maestro John Mauceri for his outstanding body of work and look forward to many more years of productivity from John and his colleagues at the UNCSA.”  

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UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri

A Music Theory and Composition major, Mauceri graduated cum laude from Yale in 1967, winning the Wrexham Prize for highest musical achievement and the Francis Vernan Prize for composition.

After a year at Yale’s graduate school, Mauceri was appointed Music Director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. He remained on the faculty for 15 years, building the orchestra to international recognition and achieving an unprecedented popularity for its symphony concerts.

At Yale, Mauceri taught orchestration, conducting, gave guest lectures in the German and Italian Departments and, with the Yale Symphony, developed the concept of thematic programming built on his studies of information theory, linguistics, and psychoacoustics. He conducted a number of significant premieres including the first American performances of Debussy’s Khamma and musiques pour le roi Lear, the world premiere of the original large orchestra version of Charles Ives’ Three Places in New England as well as the new critical edition of his Second Orchestral Set, the American premiere of Stockhausen’s Hymnen (which he also produced on Yale’s Cross Campus), the American premiere of Paul Hindemith’s orchestrated Marienleben Song Cycle, as well as the American premiere of the score to the silent film of Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier (performed with the film and in the presence of legendary soprano  Maria Jeritza). He brought rare performances of Hindemith’s Sinfonia Serena and Symphony “die Harmonie der Welt” with the Yale Philharmonia to Carnegie Hall, and led performances of Stravinsky’s Agon, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, John Cage’s Atlas Eclipticalis, Debussy’s Jeux, and Messaien’s Reveil des oiseux for the Yale community.

His restoration of Scriabin’s Prométhée, ou le poème du feu, observing the composer’s “keyboard of light,” by making use of the newly developed laser technology, was a sensation, and required the concert to be performed three times, to a total audience of 7,500 people. (The Yale community was estimated at 10,000 at that time.) In his seven years as Music Director of the Yale Symphony, Mauceri played to a consistently sold-out Woolsey Hall, which has 2,500 seats.

In 1971 the Yale Symphony toured France and brought with it Debussy’s Khamma (its French premiere), along with Ives’ Symphony No. 4. In 1973 Mauceri produced and conducted Leonard Bernstein’s Mass in New Haven with the composer in attendance and, as a result, subsequently in Vienna for its European premiere. Mauceri’s Vienna production was telecast throughout Europe and America by PBS, in conjunction with the BBC and the ORTF.

Mauceri left the faculty of Yale in 1982 as Associate Professor, and in 1985 was awarded Yale’s first Arts Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement. He returned for one semester in the spring of 2001 to teach a course on the effects of World War II on contemporary esthetics and conduct both Yale orchestras for the tercentennial of the university.

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.