8th Journal Award Goes to Graduating Percussionist

Percussionist Molly Yeh, who graduates this month with a Bachelor of Music degree, is the recipient of the eighth annual Juilliard Journal Award. The prize is given in recognition of outstanding contributions made by a student to Juilliard’s school newspaper.

Molly Yeh

(Photo by Jill Steinberg)


A native of Glenview, Ill., Molly is a strong advocate of contemporary music. She has performed in the premieres of works by such composers as Frederic Rzweski, Stephen Feigenbaum, Armand Ranjbaran, Shih-Hui Chen, Michael Burritt, David Chesky, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Recent notable performances include Berio’s Circles, Steve Reich’sMusic for 18 Musicians, and John Adams’s Chamber Symphony. As a chamber musician, she was a gold medalist in both the 2004 and 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has performed as a soloist with many ensembles including the South Bend Symphony, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, and the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra. At school, she has regularly performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, Axiom, and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, and has participated in summer orchestras throughout the country, including Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute Symphony Orchestra. 

The premiere recording of Michael Burritt’s Duo Concertante for Clarinet, Percussion, and Wind Ensemble was recently released under the Naxos label with Molly as soloist alongside her father, Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist and Juilliard alum John Bruce Yeh. She has appeared on PRI’s From the Top, PBS’s From the Top: Live! From Carnegie Hall, WGN’s Rick Kogan’s Morning Show, WTTW Chicago’s Chicago Tonight, and ABC Chicago’s Someone You Should Know. A former student of Vadim Karpinos and Joseph Pereira, her current primary teachers are Gordon Gottlieb and Markus Rhoten. In addition to performing, Molly has a love of teaching and has been a Music Advancement Program Teaching Fellow for the past two years. She is the recipient of the 2010 Susan Marshall Memorial Award and the 2007 John P. Paynter Memorial Award.

When not practicing and performing, Molly enjoys tap dancing, eating, and writing. Last summer, she worked inTime Out New York magazine’s Eat Out section. She writes for the Web site Campusounds.com and her award-winning blog, My Name Is Yeh. The blog, founded in 2009, is mostly about food (with a bit of travel and music for good measure), and has been featured on many food news sites including Eater, Fresh off the Boat, and EatDrinkSnack. Molly is also the co-founder and co-editor of Juilliard’s student-run newspaper, Rag Times, which debuted this year.

Over the past several seasons, Molly has written a variety of articles for The Journal. She has contributed to a number of columns, including Voice Box and Behind the Scenes, as well as writing Alumni Spotlights and Q&As and other pieces. She also helped originate the monthly Soundboard column in March 2010 and continues to be its beat reporter.

Student-written articles and original drawings constitute a major portion of The Journal. The Juilliard Journal Award was created in 2004 to recognize those students who not only make writing for the paper an integral part of their academic experience, but also keep the Publications Office aware of topics that should be covered in these pages. Students interested in writing for The Journal should contact the editor in chief at extension 341.


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