All-City Honors Band 2012 finale concert

The Yale/New Haven All-City Honors Band completed its second season on Tuesday, May 8 with a 7pm concert in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The program featured pieces by Yale School of Music faculty composers Thomas C. Duffy and Christopher Theofanidis, among others. As conductor, Duffy was assisted by New Haven Public School teachers Olivia Malin ’07MM, Daniel Kinsman, Mindy Hartfiel, and Matthew Fried ’08MM.

Watch highlights from the concert in this video:

Addressing the students’ parents, Associate Dean Michael Yaffe said, “Tell everyone you know about what music has done to help your children. In this difficult education world, the arts need to be an important part of the solution. If any education leader or politician saw this concert, it would help to dispel the idea that education reform is only about reading and math. They are both important, but the music-making by these children shows the importance of creativity and emotion in the well-rounded education of our youngsters.”

A collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, the All-City Honors Band was founded in the spring of 2011 under the baton of Duffy, who is the director of Yale Bands. The Band hosts open auditions each January for NHPS students in the 6th-12th grades who play brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Students continue to play in their school bands, and the All-City Band gives these talented young musicians the opportunity to participate in an honors-level ensemble.

Published May 18, 2012
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Dominick DiOrio ’12DMA to join faculty of Indiana University

Dominick DiOrio ’08MM, ’09MMA, ’12DMA has accepted a tenure-track position at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University for next fall. DiOrio will be Assistant Professor of Music in the choral conducting department.

“I am so excited about this new opportunity,” said DiOrio, “and I can’t wait to move to Bloomington to start this next stage of my career.”

Dominick DiOrio is currently Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Lone Star College-Montgomery. He is also a composer, and this year he was named the winner of the 2012 Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition. His new a cappella work Ode to Purcell, scored for SATB chorus and SATB solo quartet, will be premiered in November 2012.

For more information, visit his website.

Published May 18, 2012
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Commencement Concert showcases the Class of 2012

The Yale School of Music presents its annual Commencement Concert on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012.

The hour-long program showcases outstanding graduating performers who have come from around the world to study at Yale. Performers include virtuosi from the School’s string, wind, percussion, voice, and piano departments performing a diverse program.

The concert begins at 4:00 pm in Sprague Memorial Hall (corner of College and Wall Streets, New Haven). Admission is free.

Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, introduced the School’s Commencement Concerts in 1996; for many parents and friends of graduating students then, the concerts offered the first opportunity to hear live concerts with School of Music performers.

As the last event in the School’s concert season, the Commencement Concert also provides an opportunity for concertgoers in the Yale and New Haven communities to enjoy a final program by outstanding student performers.

Sunday’s concert features vocal selections by Schumann, Fauré, and Strauss, and instrumental pieces by Schubert, Ernst, Stjepan Šulek, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi, and Jacob Druckman, for instruments as varied as the trombone, marimba, clarinet, piano, and violin.

Event Details

Yale School of Music Commencement Concert
Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 4 pm
Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (Corner of College and Wall Streets, New Haven)
Free admission. For more information: 203 432-4158,

Published May 18, 2012
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