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Trinity Music Alumna Named Fulbright Scholar

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yvonne Freckmann’10 to study in the Netherlands, where she will compose a project for singers and live electronics

by Susie P. Gonzalez

SAN ANTONIO – Trinity University alumna Yvonne Freckmann ’10 of San Antonio is headed to the Netherlands as a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar to study at the Royal Conservatoire at The Hague.

Her work will begin in The Hague in September with Yannis Kyriakides, a composer and sound artist, as her mentor. She will focus on exploring electronic music, including writing for the voice and using a range of media to compose and perform. She will complete a “Wired Arias” projects for singers and live electronics. Already fluent in German, she plans to learn Dutch to enhance the educational experience.

Before she leaves the country, Freckmann’s upcoming composition performances are:

  • In San Antonio, May 19-20, SOLI Chamber Ensemble: clarinetist Stephanie Key will perform Switch for clarinet and live electronics. The May 19 performance is at Gallery Nord, and the May 20 event is at the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the Trinity campus.
  • In Louisville, May 30-31, the Thompson Street Opera Company will premiere a two-act opera based on Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories.
  • In the Bay Area of California, July 11-12, Fresh Voices XIV will perform the pocket opera Close Encounter of the Hillbilly Kind.

Freckmann describes the “pocket opera” as a comedic opera that is shorter in length – about 10 minutes – and tells a story that people can relate to as “a good way to jump into opera.” This pocket opera highlights the interaction between a college student and a character (a self-proclaimed hillbilly) at a bus stop, an experience Freckmann said a lot of people might have had.

She is especially proud that Key will perform her composition. “My former teacher will be playing my music,” Freckmann said, adding, “It is a dream-come-true for her to play some of my music.”

In fact, Freckmann said, her favorite creative activity is to write music for friends. “I will think, ‘Who is going to perform this?’ and when. This is all part of the creative process. I try to tailor the piece to their personalities,” she said.

Freckmann said she begin writing music in high school but grew into composition at Trinity. In addition to Key, Freckmann said she was influenced by music professors Carolyn True and James Worman and former professor Timothy Kramer as well as other faculty members.

To develop ideas, she will start with a concept or improvise at the piano and go from there. Other times, she will start with a text and examine it in terms of the characters and their voices, determining what to sing, what to cut, and what to repeat.

Her works have been written for the stage, large ensembles, chamber and solo performances, and for national conferences and festivals.

Freckmann, who graduated magna cum laude in May 2010 with a music degree, concentrating in composition and piano performance, earned a master’s degree in music composition in 2013 from the University of Louisville School of Music. For more, visit yvonnefreckmann.com.

Freckmann becomes the 20th Trinity student to receive a Fulbright grant since 1993.

Susie P. Gonzalez is director of public and media relations and can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] trinity.edu.