Convocation 2016 Celebrates “Transcendent Yale Legacy”

YSM Dean Robert Blocker | Photo by Harold Shapiro

YSM Dean Robert Blocker | Convocation 2016

In his Convocation address, titled Music: A Transcendent Yale Legacy, School of Music Dean Robert Blocker told incoming and returning students, faculty, staff, and guests that “transcendent qualities are born and nurtured by people. Yale University and the School of Music are a collection of voices, a community and society of mutual learners. We, along with our predecessors, came here to better prepare ourselves to repair the world.

“It may surprise some of you to know that when the Yale Corporation voted to establish a School of Music in 1894, they also approved a Bachelor of Music degree that was open to women and men,” Blocker said in his remarks during the September 8, 2016, ceremony. “Cynics might say that not offering a Bachelor of Arts in Music retained the exclusivity of Yale College as a male enclave, but I find it a lot more interesting and compelling that music was Yale’s very first commitment to diversity and inclusivity.”

Celebrating the “transcendent voices” that have shaped the School’s legacy, Blocker recognized Ellen and Carl Stoeckel, Helen Hagan, Elaine Toscanini, Aldo Parisot, and Willie Ruff, among others.

“These transcendent musical voices of Yale and their cultural leadership transform lives, enrich communities, and bring hope to a broken world,” Blocker said. “Yale’s sons and daughters entrusted some of humankind’s treasures to us so that the transcendent qualities of character and mind, of light and truth – Yale’s motto, lux et veritas – can live through each of us and can bring hope to our planet. That is our responsibility, and it is our joy.” MORE

Published September 12, 2016
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New York Philharmonic hornist returns to NHSO for Hunstmen

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By Joe Amarante

Former New Haven Symphony Orchestra hornist Leelanee Sterrett, who went on to win a spot at the New York Philharmonic as assistant principal and utility horn last year, returns to NHSO for two concerts celebrating the summit of German romanticism Thursday and Sunday […] 

A Michigan native, Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic family and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. She is also an alumna of The Academy, Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates. MORE

Published March 25, 2014
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WSHU: Leelanee Sterrett ’10 MM makes her horn sing

By Kate Remington

Horn virtuoso Leelanee Sterrett returns to the New Haven Symphony this week for two performances as the soloist in Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 2 in New Haven and on the Essex Winter Series.

After performing with the symphony for several seasons, Leelanee was recently appointed assistant principal horn of the New York Philharmonic. She also formed a quartet, Genghis Barbie, with fellow horn players.

Kate Remington talked with Leelanee about her career, and the fun she has performing for young musicians.


Published March 25, 2014
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Leelanee Sterrett ’10MM wins position in New York Philharmonic

sterrett_leelaneeLeelanee Sterrett ’10MM recently won the position of assistant principal horn with the New York Philharmonic. She joins other recent YSM alumni who are members of the orchestra.

Leelanee Sterrett received her M.M. degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with William Purvis, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison,  studying with Douglas Hill. A native of northern Michigan, she also graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. In addition to performing with the New York Philharmonic, Leelanee has been a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as well as the La Crosse and Fox Valley symphony orchestras in Wisconsin. In 2007 she was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and also received second prize in the International Horn Competition of America. She has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota Music festivals, and the National Orchestral Institute. As part of her Academy program, Leelanee taught in Queens at PS 13Q.

Published July 2, 2013
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Chamber Music Society presents competition winners


The Chamber Music Society at Yale presents the winning ensembles of the Yale School of Music’s 2009 Chamber Music Competition in a performance on Tuesday, April 28, at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). This showcase for the School’s renowned chamber music program will feature the trio Contrasts by the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, with Benjamin Charmot, violin, Sergiy Dvornichenko, clarinet, and Wei-Jen Yuan, piano;  the Sextet for Winds and Piano by French composer Francis Poulenc, with Itay Lantner, flute, Carl Oswald, oboe, Xiaoting Ma, clarinet, Jeremy Friedland, bassoon, Leelanee Sterrett, horn, and Jason Wirth, piano; and Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25, by Johannes Brahms, featuring Anastasia Metla, violin, Mathilde Geismar Roussel, viola, Mo Mo, cello, and Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto, piano. MORE

Published April 8, 2009
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