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School of Music announces completion of its trio of websites

School of Music site launched in 2013; websites for Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival complete the project
November 3, 2014

The Yale School of Music proudly announces the completion of its suite of websites, with the August launch of new sites for the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (collection.yale.edu) and Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (norfolk.yale.edu).

collection-website-screenshotThe Collection and Norfolk sites, along with the Yale School of Music’s website (music.yale.edu) launched one year ago, were created by a broad partnership that included School of Music staff members, the Yale Digital Collections Center, and Madison Mott.

The School of Music’s website has won two W3 silver awards and a silver award from the Connecticut Art Director’s Club. The site was also nominated for a Webby Award in the School/University category.

The sites were designed on the same footprint by Monica Ong Reed, designer at the Yale School of Music. Dana Astmann, the manager of communications for the School, led content strategy and copywriting, and Austin Kase produced the video library, including the School’s award-winning overture video. WATCH VIDEO

Team members from Madison Mott included project manager Kristyn Shayon Miller and developer Jordan Miller, who created the highly customized WordPress sites.

The teams worked closely with Carly Bogen from the Yale Digital Collections Center to integrate the organizations’ digital assets—including still photography, audio, and video content—with the WordPress interface. For the Collection, the extensive interface also included metadata such as measurements, descriptions, and provenances. This enhanced access to information will benefit scholars, instrument makers, and music lovers throughout the world in researching musical instruments.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 1.47.29 PMThe Collection, which is directed by William Purvis, offered much help from curators Susan Thompson and Nicholas Renouf as well as museum interns Kelly Hill, Jane Mitchell, and Katrin Endrikat.

For the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Deanne Chin worked with the YSM templates to tailor the site to Norfolk’s atmosphere and use cases.

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