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Collection of Musical Instruments names two conservators

June 18, 2009

strings-studentsWilliam Purvis, interim director of the Collection of Musical Instruments, is pleased to announce that two eminent instrument makers have accepted invitations to serve as consultant Conservators to the Collection.

Andrew Dipper, Vice-President of Claire Givens Violins (Minneapolis) will serve as consultant Conservator of String Instruments. A renowned luthier and scholar, Mr. Dipper has performed restoration and conservation work for many of the world’s foremost public and private musical instrument collections, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York; the Federal Musical Instrument Museum of Berlin; the Shrine to Music Museum in South Dakota; and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Rodney Regier, of Freeport, Maine, will serve as consultant Curator of Pianos.  Mr. Regier has completed three extensive restorations of pianos in the Yale Collection and delivered a new fortepiano of his own make to the Yale School of Music last season.  His instruments based on late 18th- and early 19th-century models are used by eminent pianists around the world and by institutions including the University of California, Harvard University, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), Stanford University, and many others.

For more information about the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, please visit www.yale.edu/musicalinstruments.

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