Distinguished Music Educators announced for 2011 Symposium on Music in Schools

A workshop at the 2009 Symposium.

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Music Educator Awards.

The Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award is presented biennially by the Yale School of Music to participants in the Symposium on Music in Schools. These awards honor fifty music educators from across the country who are selected for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.

This year, 330 educators from 45 U.S. states were nominated to received the award. A panel of music professionals selected fifty teachers, or 15% of all nominees. Three of those selected were nominated by members of the Yale College Class of 1957, which gave its 50th reunion class gift to the School of Music to improve the quality of public education in America.

Distinguished Music Educators at the 2009 Symposium.

As in previous years, the Distinguished Music Educators form a diverse group: they come from thirty different states; teach vocal as well as instrumental music across myriad genres; and work at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in urban, rural, and suburban school districts. The selected educators will travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the 2011 Symposium on Music in Schools. They will be joined at the Symposium by the music teachers in the New Haven Public Schools.

This year’s Symposium will feature a keynote address by education journalist John Merrow. Participants will  attend a performance by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and will be invited to a talk by Ma, presented in conjunction with the Silk Road Ensemble by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Congratulations to the 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educators: MORE

Published March 11, 2011
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William Purvis appointed the Director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce that William Purvis has been appointed as the Director of the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. Purvis, a horn player, conductor, and educator, has been serving as the Interim Director of the Collection since 2008.

After several years as a faculty artist at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music, William Purvis joined the Yale School of Music faculty in 1999. His international distinction as an artist and artist-teacher of horn continues to draw a vibrant and talented cadre of horn students to the School. In 2003, Purvis became the Coordinator of Winds and Brass, and in the 2008-09 concert season he was the artistic director of Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale.

Robert Blocker, the Dean of the Yale School of Music, said, “In the transitional period that Bill Purvis has served as Interim Director, the Collection has enhanced its artistic offerings, taken measures to preserve and sustain its holdings, and engaged the Yale and professional communities in its activities.”

Blocker cited Purvis’s leadership, his broad musical interests, and his commitment to the Collection as compelling reasons for the appointment.


Published March 11, 2011
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