[ Music in Schools Students & Alumni ]

A Message from the Dean

September 17, 2011

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It has been a great comfort to me to observe how our community has come together and sustained each other since John Miller’s death Thursday morning. Thank you for the many ways you have reached out to the YSM community with your expressions about John and the enormous influence he had on the children of New Haven and on all of us. The support from our friends throughout the University and New Haven continues to offer reassurance.

Some of you have asked how to send condolences to John’s family, and they have indicated that they would appreciate hearing from you at the address below:

The Richard J. Miller Family
50 Pleasant Lane
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

The family will receive friends on Sunday (tomorrow), September 18, from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. at Straub, Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home, 55 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 19, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 11 Clinton Street, Wappingers Falls with interment to follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in John’s name be made to the John Miller Instrument Fund for New Haven Public Schools, Office of the Dean, Yale School of Music, P.O. Box 208246, New Haven, CT, 06520-8246.

We will be notifying you about memorial events for John as they are planned and scheduled. I encourage you to care for yourselves and your friends in the days ahead, and to call on the resources that are available to all of us.

With heartfelt gratitude to each of you,


Robert Blocker

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