Monthly Archives: October 2020

(Good) Judgment Day

Nkonye Iwerebon (Columbia Law School) joins Miriam and Kristi to dig into addenda, character and fitness issues, contacting admissions offices, and all things judgment related. Good judgment is a key to every application and this episode will talk about the good, the bad and the ugly.

Founders Day: Building a stronger and more inclusive Yale

To commemorate Founders Day, President Peter Salovey discusses Yale’s responsibility to lead the change needed in society through education, scholarship, research, preservation, and practice. He is joined by the co-chairs of the President’s Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Kimberly Goff-Crews, university secretary and vice president for university life, and Gary Desir, vice provost for faculty development and diversity, Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine, and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.

Supplementary Materials

Applicants to Yale who have highly-developed artistic talents or experience with advanced STEM research have the option to include supplementary material with their application. Admissions Officer John joins Hannah and Mark to discuss Yale’s evaluation process for these submissions. Although most successful applicants do not submit supplementary materials, the officers share how evaluators rate submissions and who can benefit from including an arts or STEM supplement with the application.

Composers Reflect on Their Work: Ep. 4: A New Arrangement of the Brahms Requiem

Conductor David Hill talks to composer Iain Farrington, who has made an arrangement of the Brahms Requiem for chamber orchestra. We will hear a movement from the work as performed by Yale Schola Cantorum in a recording on the Hyperion Label.

Recommendation Letters

Every application to Yale includes three letters of recommendation – two from classroom teachers and one from a counselor. Admissions Officer Moira joins Hannah and Mark to share advice on selecting recommenders and tips for educators when writing on behalf of applicants. The officers share how effective letters can bolster and enhance an application, and they express their gratitude to the educators who write for their students.

Composers Reflect on Their Work: Ep. 3: A 19th Century Translation of Bach’s St. John Passion

Conductor David Hill talks to ISM faculty members Markus Rathey and Jimmy Taylor about Robert Schumann’s little-known arrangement of Bach’s St. John Passion. We will hear a movement from the work as performed by Yale Schola Cantorum live in Woolsey Hall in 2018. The whole performance is available on the ISM YouTube Channel.

Composers Reflect on Their Work: Ep. 2: A “New” Work by Palestrina

Conductor David Hill talks to two members of a team that newly transcribed and edited a Palestrina Mass that had been gathering dust for more than four hundred and twenty-five years. We will hear a movement from the work as performed by Yale Schola Cantorum in a recording on the Hyperion Label.

The So-Called Softs

Miriam and Kristi share their thoughts on the so-called “softs” – and explain why these aspects of your application may be the most important of all. This episode includes lots of resume tips, and a discussion of when to include, and how to maximize, a diversity statement.


Many applicants have an evaluative interview with a Yale student or alum as part of the application process. Hannah and Mark talk with Dara, the director Yale’s interviewing program, about how interviews work and what applicants can expect. They share do’s and don’ts for the interview and discuss how interview reports are considered Yale’s holistic review process.