Jay Alan Yim

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Jay Alan Yim
Born (1958-04-24) April 24, 1958 (age 61)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1980)
University of London/Royal College of Music (M.Mus. 1981)
Harvard University (Ph.D. 1989)
OccupationMusic composer
EmployerNorthwestern University
Spouse(s)Marlena Novak

Jay Alan Yim (born April 24, 1958) is an American composer and recipient of a 1994 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Early life and education[edit]

Yim was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 24, 1958.[1] He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies and graduated with a B.A. in 1980.[1][2] He also received a M.Mus. in 1981 from the University of London and the Royal College of Music, with a Ph.D. from Harvard University earned in 1989.[1][2]


During the 1995–96 concert season, he served as Composer/Fellow for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.[citation needed] His works have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Residentie Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Arditti String Quartet, New Music Consort, Het Trio, and Nieuw Ensemble.[3]

He currently serves as a professor of music at Northwestern University. Former students include composers Marcos Balter[citation needed], Kirsten Broberg[citation needed], Rodrigo Cadiz[citation needed], Aaron Cassidy[citation needed], and Mark Engebretson.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

Yim is a 1994 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for music composition in the creative arts category,[5] he also placed third for the 1994 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, tied with John Anthony Lennon.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Yim is married to artist Marlena Novak.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Randel, Don Michael (December 1, 1996). The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. 6. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674372993.
  2. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae". scholars.northwestern.edu. Northwestern University. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "Center Stage Chicago biography". Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Moore, Tom (October 3, 2008). "Tom Moore Interviews Mark Engebretson". operatoday.com. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation biography". gf.org. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on December 17, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  6. ^ Brozan, Nadine (October 3, 1994). "CHRONICLE". The New York Times. New York City, New York. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Herguth, Bob (January 30, 1996). "Jay Alan Yim". Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago, Illinois.

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