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YSM launches new Community Engagement Think Tanks

October 7, 2009

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The Yale School of Music is pleased to launch its new Community Engagement Think Tanks, in which visiting lecturers will bring their expertise to small-group conversations with graduate students in music.

The Community Engagement Think Tanks are designed to focus on broad topics led by recognized leaders in the field of classical music. Each Think Tank will pose a series of questions intended to spark discussion among participating students and visiting lecturers.

Topics covered will include vital issues such as audience development, marketing, education programs, technology, and new ways to present concerts. This is an important opportunity for Yale School of Music students to engage with experts in the field and help create solutions to issues relevant to classical music in the twenty-first century. Getting the broader community engaged in this work is part of the School’s goal of shaping the field of classical music and ensuring its success in the coming years.

The first Think Tank, to take place on Saturday, October 24 at 10 am, will be led by Robert Capanna, executive director of the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia. Registration is now open to current YSM students. Others may be admitted as space permits. The Think Tanks will be streamed live and on demand on the School of Music’s website so that anyone interested in these issues can listen to the lecture and discussion, and then create a global conversation in the comments section of this blog.

Students who attend at least two of year’s six workshops will be eligible to apply for YSM Community Engagement grants of up to $1,000 to create their own community engagement projects.

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