Achievements celebrated at annual Honors Dinner

Carol Colburn Grigor, recipient of the Samuel Simons Sanford Award

Left to right: Benjamin Polak, Peter Salovey, Samuel Simons Sanford Award winner Carol Colburn Grigor, and Robert Blocker

The Yale School of Music held its annual Honors Dinner on Sunday, May 7, welcoming students and alumni, faculty and staff, and distinguished guests to the Yale Commons for an evening of celebration. After thanking recently retired staff members for their service and acknowledging the University officers who were in attendance, YSM Dean Robert Blocker presented Carol Colburn Grigor ’69MMA CBE with the School’s highest honor, the Samuel Simons Sanford Award. Grigor, Blocker, said, “is one of America’s most generous … most thoughtful philanthropists.” Composer and former Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills congratulated Grigor via video.

Willie Ruff, recipient of the Nathan Hale Award

Left to right: Benjamin Polak, Peter Salovey, Nathan Hale Award recipient Willie Ruff, and Robert Blocker

Dean Blocker, with University President Peter Salovey and Yale Provost Benjamin Polak at his side, presented longtime YSM professor Willie Ruff ’53BM ’54MM, who will retire at the end of the semester, with the University’s prestigious Nathan Hale Award. “He’s changed all our lives,” Blocker said, before attendees were shown a video tribute to Ruff’s life and work. In a nod to the man who indirectly inspired him decades ago to study at YSM, Ruff said, “I thank, most of all, Charlie Parker.” The jazz office in the Yale School of Music’s Adams Center for Musical Arts was recently named in Ruff’s honor.

Left to right: Benjamin Polak, Peter Salovey, Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award winner Warren Lee, and Robert Blocker

Blocker presented the Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award to pianist Warren Lee ’00MM and the Cultural Leadership Citation to retiring Yale Collection of Musical Instruments curator William Nicholas Renouf ’71MMA. The Collection’s director, William Purvis, accepted the Citation on behalf of Renouf, who was unable to attend the Honors Dinner. Before presenting student prizes, Blocker referenced an impressive number of awards and successes earned and realized this year by students, faculty, and staff. He recognized longtime YSM faculty pianist Peter Frankl, who plans to retire in the fall, for his dedication to the School community.

At the end of the evening, Blocker told the students in attendance, “Claim the future. It belongs to you. You will make us better.” What follows is a list of the student prizes awarded during YSM’s 2017 Honors Dinner. MORE

Published May 9, 2017
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Yale Guitar Extravaganza VI: From Baroque to Electric

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Featured recital by acclaimed guitarist Eliot Fisk

The Yale School of Music presents the Guitar Extravaganza VI on Saturday, March 7 in Sprague Memorial Hall and Leigh Hall. Under the artistic direction of Benjamin Verdery, renowned guitarist and longstanding chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music, the Extravaganza brings together guitarists for a day of concerts, workshops, lectures, exhibits, master classes, and a panel discussion. In keeping with the theme, From Baroque to Electric, the event will cover topics from the Baroque to the electric, from composing to body mapping, and will include guitars from period instruments to electric guitars. Performances will feature both students and established artists.

Highlights include Jerry Willard performing on guitars from the Baroque and Classical periods, as well as giving a master class on repertoire for those instruments. Kim Perlak and Kevin Vigil will speak on the guitar’s role in education. A panel discussion will feature composers from Yale’s esteemed faculty, moderated by Benjamin Verdery. The renowned young guitarists Seth Josel and Gyan Riley will pair up for a 5:30 pm performance. Capping off the extravaganza is an 8 pm benefit appearance by one of the world’s most eminent guitarists, Yale graduate and former faculty member Eliot Fisk.

Registration for the day’s events is $40, $30 for students and members of the Classical Guitar Societies of Connecticut and New York. Groups of six or more receive a 20% discount. Concert passes, valid for the 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm concerts, are $15, $12 for groups of six or more, $10 for students and members of the CCGS and NYCGS.

guitar_logoCheck out the complete schedule for the Guitar Extravaganza, along with biographies of presenters and performers. This event is supported by the D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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Yale School of Music presents
Yale Guitar Extravaganza VI: From Baroque to Electric
Date: March 7, 2009
Venue: Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, and Leigh Hall, 435 College Street
Tickets: Registration (includes admission to all events) $40, $30 for students and members of the Classical Guitar Societies of Connecticut and New York, 20% discount for groups of six or more.
Concert passes (for admission to the concerts at 5:30 pm and 8 pm) are $15, $12 for groups of six or more, $10 for students and members of the Classical Guitar Societies of Connecticut and New York.
Phone/web: 203 432-4158 • music.yale.edu • music.yale.edu/events

Published February 27, 2009
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