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Yale Daily News: Music lecturer promotes community outreach


Ever since musician Sebastian Ruth joined the School of Music as a visiting lecturer this fall, his broad portfolio of work in community outreach through music has proven a strong asset to the Music School’s community.

Ruth has been nationally recognized for his work as founder and director of Community MusicWorks — ­­a public service group that allows musicians to help urban communities in Providence, R.I. through outreach to the city’s children and their families. In 2010, Ruth and Community MusicWorks were awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by first lady Michelle Obama and Ruth received the esteemed MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

“What impresses me so much about [Ruth] is he asks why we should do this… That, to me, is a really important question,” Yale School of Music Dean Michael Yaffe said.

He added that Ruth requires his students to consider how their music can impact communities beyond the concert hall. As visiting lecturer, Ruth currently teaches a course titled “Music and Service” and works with students participating in the Music in Schools Initiative, which supports music education in New Haven public schools. Ruth’s extensive experience in using music as a mechanism for social change provides a new perspective to the community at the School of Music trying to effect such change in New Haven, according to School of Music administrators interviewed.


Published November 6, 2013
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Yale Brass Trio performs with Carol Jantsch, Mihae Lee Nov. 19

Yale Brass Trio

Yale Brass Trio

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by The Yale Brass Trio on Tuesday, November 19 at 8 pm. The members of the Yale Brass Trio — William Purvis, horn, Allan Dean, trumpet, and Scott Hartman, trombone — will be joined by Carol Jantsch, tuba; and Mihae Lee, piano.

The concert is part of the Faculty Artist Series, which features the School’s prestigious faculty in performances that are free and open to the public. This program marks the first time that Jantsch, who joined the Yale faculty in 2012, will perform on the series. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. MORE

Published November 6, 2013
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Yale Opera presents a master class with baritone Alan Held Dec. 9th

Held_Alan_B&WThe Yale School of Music presents a master class with acclaimed baritone Alan Held on Monday, December 9, 2013. The event takes place at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. Mr. Held will coach singers in the Yale Opera program in a variety of operatic repertoire.

Internationally recognized as one of the leading singing actors today, Mr. Held has appeared in major roles in the world’s finest opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Bavarian State Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala. MORE

Published November 6, 2013
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