The 2010-11 academic year officially began last week. At the Academic Convocation in Sprague Hall on Thursday, September 2, University Provost Peter Salovey installed the entering class of the Yale School of Music. Ian Oliver, the pastor of University Church in Yale, gave the invocation. Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, addressed the incoming class with a talk called "Preserving Humanity."
Dean Blocker gave the Cultural Leadership Citation, a special award from the Yale School of Music, to Yale alumnus Frederick Iseman, Yale College alumnus of the Class of 1975.
In a Yale School of Music tradition, the assembly sang Schubert's "An die Musik," a song about music's transformative power. Faculty members Elizabeth Parisot, piano, and Ole Akahoshi, cello, played through the song before the audience sang Richard Cross's translation.
The second portion of the program featured performances from faculty and alumni. Violinist Brian Lewis, the Class of '57 Visiting Professor, joined with faculty pianist Wei-Yi Yang in Brahms's F.A.E. Sonata. Alumnus Ryosuke Yanagitani '04MM, '05AD, '08MMA performed piano pieces by Debussy and Sancan. Eric Barry '10MM, tenor, and David Pershall '10MM, baritone, sang duets by Bizet and Puccini, accompanied by faculty pianist Douglas Dickson '88MM, '89MMA.
Convocation continued with a reception at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.