New biography of oboist Robert Bloom

bloom_webRobert Bloom (1908-1994), one of the foremost oboists of his time and a former member of the Yale School of Music faculty, is the subject of a new biography. Robert Bloom: The Story of a Working Musician brings together essays, correspondence, reviews, anecdotes and more. It also incorporates Bloom’s book on pedagogy dictated in 1975-1976: The Oboe, A Musical Instrument, as well as a disc of two chapters, one on reed-making and one a discography. MORE

Published September 11, 2009
Share This Comments

Block Party for new Yale students Sunday, Sep. 13

This event welcomes new Yale students and is free and open to the community.

The festival brings the community together to share food, music, and fun activities for all ages. Try the New Haven Parks and Recreation’s climbing wall, meet local safety officials, tour a New Haven fire engine, groove to music by Ultra Radio, get a balloon, have your face painted, and enjoy free BBQ food. For the climbing wall, the minimum height is 48 inches (122cm) and participants should wear shoes (not flip-flops or sandals) and pants (not skirts). Event will take place rain or shine.

This free event is hosted by the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, Graduate Housing Office at Yale, Graduate Student Life at the McDougal Center, and the Office of International Students and Scholars.


Block Party | 421 Temple Street
Sunday, September 13th | 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
More info at 203-432-2305

Published September 10, 2009
Share This Comments

Jeremy Grall ’99MM appointed to faculty at University of Alabama

grall_jeremy_99_smGuitarist Jeremy Grall ’99MM was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he will teach courses in guitar and music history.

This spring, Grall graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Memphis. Dr. Grall’s dissertation, titled An Analytical Edition of Giovanni Kapsberger’s Partite sulla Folia: Ornamentation, Performances Practices, and Compositional Structures in Kapsberger’s Folia Variations, combines his interests in musicology, music theory, and performance. He recently presented his research on Kapsberger at the Cardiff University Music Analysis Conference in Cardiff, Wales and the Society for Music Theory South-Central Chapter. MORE

Published September 9, 2009
Share This Comments

Luthier Andrew Dipper offers talk on Stradivari

Master luthier and historian of string instruments Andrew Dipper will present a talk entitled, “What Makes a Stradivari: The Mysteries of a Great Violin Maker,” on Thursday, Sep. 17, at 5:30 pm, at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

violin5Mr. Dipper is a sought-after lecturer and has taught violinmaking and restoration in Cremona and London. He has also published important texts on various aspects of stringed instruments which include a translation of the violin-making notes of Count Cozio de Salabue, the first collector of instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri and the patron of J. B. Guadagnini; a book on the theory of violin geometry and F-shaped sound-hole construction; and three articles in The Violin Society of America Journal on the works of the Italian makers, their varnishes and working methods. In addition, he edited the translation of The Secrets of Stradivari by S. Sacconi from Italian to English. He is currently working on a translation of La Chelonomié, ou, Le Parfait Luthier, compiled by the Abbé Sibire from the workshop notes of François Lupot.

After studying sculpture and violinmaking in London and Cremona, he founded Andrew Dipper Restorations in London, England in 1975. MORE

Published September 4, 2009
Share This Comments

Bigger Than Life: Big Band Music of Benny Goodman

Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th birthday concludes with a concert by the Yale Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas C. Duffy and featuring clarinetist Vincent Oneppo

Yale Jazz Ensemble - SaxesYale’s Celebrating the King of Swing: A Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th Birthday will conclude with a big band concert on Tue, Sep. 29 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall, featuring arrangements that made Goodman one of the most popular musicians of all time.

Thomas C. Duffy will direct the Yale Jazz Ensemble and clarinetist Vincent Oneppo in an exciting program called Bigger Than Life: The Big Band Music of Benny Goodman. The authentic arrangements – including many of Goodman’s signatures, like “Let’s Dance,” “Don’t Be That Way,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing” – were selected from the Benny Goodman Archives in the Gilmore Music Library at Yale. They include music by the great Fletcher Henderson and other legendary composers associated with New Haven and Yale, including Mel Powell and Cole Porter. MORE

Published September 2, 2009
Share This Comments