Convocation 2016 Celebrates “Transcendent Yale Legacy”

YSM Dean Robert Blocker | Photo by Harold Shapiro

YSM Dean Robert Blocker | Convocation 2016

In his Convocation address, titled Music: A Transcendent Yale Legacy, School of Music Dean Robert Blocker told incoming and returning students, faculty, staff, and guests that “transcendent qualities are born and nurtured by people. Yale University and the School of Music are a collection of voices, a community and society of mutual learners. We, along with our predecessors, came here to better prepare ourselves to repair the world.

“It may surprise some of you to know that when the Yale Corporation voted to establish a School of Music in 1894, they also approved a Bachelor of Music degree that was open to women and men,” Blocker said in his remarks during the September 8, 2016, ceremony. “Cynics might say that not offering a Bachelor of Arts in Music retained the exclusivity of Yale College as a male enclave, but I find it a lot more interesting and compelling that music was Yale’s very first commitment to diversity and inclusivity.”

Celebrating the “transcendent voices” that have shaped the School’s legacy, Blocker recognized Ellen and Carl Stoeckel, Helen Hagan, Elaine Toscanini, Aldo Parisot, and Willie Ruff, among others.

“These transcendent musical voices of Yale and their cultural leadership transform lives, enrich communities, and bring hope to a broken world,” Blocker said. “Yale’s sons and daughters entrusted some of humankind’s treasures to us so that the transcendent qualities of character and mind, of light and truth – Yale’s motto, lux et veritas – can live through each of us and can bring hope to our planet. That is our responsibility, and it is our joy.” MORE

Published September 12, 2016
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Yale Symposium 2015: Music in the Schools

Polyphonic.org | By Ann Drinan

The Yale School of Music held its fifth Symposium on Music in the Schools on June 5 & 6, 2015 in New Haven to explore the role of music partnerships. A gift from the Yale College class of 1957, the Music in the Schools symposium, held every other year, honors public school music teachers from around the country. Previous symposiums explored music as a child’s birthright; El Sistema programs in America; integrating music in the classroom and the relationship between teaching artists and public school music teachers; and the role of music in school reform.

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Associate Dean Michael Yaffe

Associate Dean Michael Yaffe invited Polyphonic to attend the opening day session on June 6th, to which New Haven public music school teachers were also invited.

The Symposium also welcomed representatives from “Distinguished Music Education Partnerships” from across the country[…]. 39 partnership programs participated, 25 (64%) of which involved a partnership with a symphony orchestra or opera company. MORE

Published June 30, 2015
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Symposium on Music in Schools June 4–7 to focus on music partnerships

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The 2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools will take place June 4–7 on the Yale campus. This year, the event will focus on partnerships between public school systems and private music organizations.

Thirty-eight music partnerships from across the United States were selected to participate in the event. Two representatives from each partnership will travel to New Haven to take part in the biennial event. Over the course of four days, those representatives will participate in a variety of discussions and workshops, culminating with the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards at the closing banquet.

The Symposium is designed to spark ideas and provoke conversation. Workshops on topical issues in music education will be followed by breakout sessions that will allow participants to explore ideas in depth. An event on Friday, June 5 will feature the Emanio String Quartet in a combination of conversation and performance. MORE

Published June 3, 2015
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Winning participants announced for fifth Yale Symposium on Music in Schools

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David Lang

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the participants selected for the fifth Symposium on Music in Schools, which will take place June 4–7, 2015 on the Yale campus. This year’s Symposium will focus on partnerships between professional music organizations and public school music programs.

All participants will receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award and will send representatives to the Symposium to participate in three days of strategic sessions. Featured speakers include MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and author/journalist Joanne Lipman.

The 2015 winners comprise 38 partnerships hailing from 19 states and the District of Columbia. The majority represent urban school districts, but many are from suburban and rural districts. The music organizations include orchestras, jazz, opera, community music schools, and concert presenters. Among the participants are such major organizations as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Cliburn Competition, Astral Artists, and the National Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published March 23, 2015
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Symposium with conductor James Conlon Oct. 16

james_conlon,_credit_dan_steinberg_for_la_opera_4The Yale School of Music presents a symposium on “Reading and Hearing Classical Music: A Conductor’s View” with renowned conductor James Conlon on Wednesday, October 16.

The event opens with a talk by Conlon, which is followed by an open conversation between Conlon and Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music. Parts of his talk will focus on music of Benjamin Britten, in honor of the centennial of Britten’s birth this year. Conlon will also take questions from the audience.

The event takes place from 4:00–5:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

The symposium will also stream live on the School of Music’s website. LIVE STREAM MORE

Published October 3, 2013
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Symposium affirms diversity of music education in American public schools

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The 2013 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools concluded on June 8 with an affirmation of the quality and diversity of music education in the public schools of America. Fifty Yale Distinguished Music Educators, selected from over 300 nominations, from 32 states, convened in New Haven to discuss “The Role of Music in School Reform.”  A lively series of presentations culminated with a two-hour discussion amongst the teachers,  seeking their solutions to ensuring the value of music instruction as schools continue to evolve.  This discussion will be posted as an online video by the end of the summer. MORE

Published June 24, 2013
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Videos from the 2013 Symposium on Music in Schools

The Yale Symposium on Music Schools took place June 6–9, 2013 and focused on The Role of Music in School Reform.

Watch these videos of the lively and thought-provoking talks from the event, featuring David Myers, Scott Shuler, Garth Harries, and keynote speaker Anne Midgette.

For more details on the Symposium, please see this post. If you cannot play the video below, click here.

Published June 19, 2013
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Symposium affirms diversity of music education in American public schools

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A discussion during the 2013 Symposium on Music in Schools. More photos below.

The 2013 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools concluded on June 8 with an affirmation of the quality and diversity of music education in the public schools of America. Fifty Yale Distinguished Music Educators, selected from over 300 nominations, from 32 states, convened in New Haven to discuss “The Role of Music in School Reform.”  A lively series of presentations culminated with a two-hour discussion amongst the teachers,  seeking their solutions to ensuring the value of music instruction as schools continue to evolve.  This discussion will be posted as an online video by the end of the summer.

Anne Midgette, Classical Music Critic of the Washington Post and a 1986 graduate of Yale College, was the keynote speaker at the Awards Dinner.  She congratulated the teachers and spoke of their value to the overall infrastructure of music-making in America.  Her often-humorous (particularly related to her own musical training) but deeply insightful comments helped frame the evening in which the teachers received a certificate and recognition from Dean Robert Blocker and Associate Dean Michael Yaffe.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement by Dean Blocker of the Dr. Reginald Mayo Teaching Artist Prize that will be awarded yearly to a Yale graduate student who exemplifies the best in serving as a Graduate Teaching Artist in the Music in Schools Initiative. Dr. Mayo, who is retiring this year as Superintendent of Schools in New Haven, has been instrumental in creating the partnership between Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools.

The fifty teachers represented urban, suburban, and rural school districts, and had the opportunity to spend two full days in policy discussions led by experts in the field. View details of the program here. MORE

Published June 11, 2013
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Symposium on Music in Schools takes place this week

Event Focuses on the Role of Music in School Reform

Anne Midgette, keynote speaker

Anne Midgette ’86BA, keynote speaker

The Yale School of Music is proud to host the fourth Symposium on Music in Schools, honoring public school music educators from across the country, this week. Supported by the Yale College Class of 1957, the biennial Symposium is a core program of the Music in Schools Initiative with a national scope.

From a pool of nearly 300 nominees representing 45 states, a panel of music professionals from YSM and NHPS selected this year’s 50 Distinguished Music Educators. The selected educators hail from 32 different states. These music teachers will travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the four-day symposium.

Workshops and discussions at this year’s symposium will focus around one main theme: The Role of Music in School Reform. The issue of school reform is a potent topic throughout the country. School districts are having ongoing discussions about what young students should be learning. Often in recent years, music teachers have had to fight to keep their programs off the chopping block. This year’s Symposium aims to bring attention to the very integral role music can play in school reform.

The four-day event will open with a workshop MORE

Published June 3, 2013
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