The role of technology in the field of classical music

By Astrid Baumgardner, coordinator of career strategies
(Originally posted

This week, I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the Yale School of Music on the Role of Technology and its impact on the field of classical music. Our three speakers contributed their unique perspectives on the impact of technology on the dissemination and promotion of classical music:

Greg Anderson, a Yale School of Music graduate and one half of the technologically and musically innovative Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, who were pioneers in using YouTube and other social media to connect with their growing fan base;

Anya Grundmann, Executive Producer of NPR Music, who champions classical music on NPR’s internet radio platforms through a variety of innovative, award-winning programs; and

Jessica Lustig, Managing Director and Founding Partner of 21C Media Group, a leading PR, marketing, and consulting group specializing in classical music and the performing arts. Lustig was the project architect of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra concert last March that attracted nearly 34 million viewers on-line and through mobile devices. MORE

Published February 10, 2012
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Boris Berman conducts video conference master class with students in Australia

Boris Berman has given master classes all over the world. But his October 28 master class with students at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, was different. Berman sat at the piano in the Center for Studies in Music Technology (CSMT) at the Yale School of music, while the students were at the UQ Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology.

The master class participants, Michael Bradshaw and Oliver She, are students of Liam Viney (’02MM, ’03MMA, ’07DMA), a graduate of the Yale School of Music who studied with Berman. “It was as good as having Berman in the room,” said Viney. Bradshaw commented, “There was enough of a feeling of immediate contact with Professor Berman that most of the time I forgot that I was working with someone across the globe.”

Click HERE to read an article from UQ about the master class.

Published November 4, 2010
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Yale School of Music debuts high-definition video streaming

Concerts in the “virtual concert hall” can be enjoyed live anywhere in the world

Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall

Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall

The Yale School of Music is proud to announce the debut of its virtual concert hall: beginning February 1, concerts held in Morse Recital Hall will stream live online with high-definition video and CD-quality audio. Audiences around the world – from prospective students to alumni, from performers’ family members to the general public – will be able to enjoy concerts in real time via the School of Music’s website. Dedicated to cultural leadership, the Yale School of Music is one of the first schools to offer regular live streams of its performances.

Associate Dean Michael Yaffe views the live stream as “a logical extension” of the School’s activities on campus. Yaffe emphasized that the streams are not produced segments but are an extension of the concert hall itself. The initiative is part of a multi-pronged technological expansion that also includes digital student portfolios, Internet2 distance learning, new online admissions capabilities, and virtual classrooms.

The inaugural stream will begin at 8 pm on February 1 with a Faculty Artist Series recital. Cellist Ole Akahoshi and pianist Elizabeth Parisot will perform music of Bach, Brahms, Barber, and Schnittke. Several other live streams will be offered that week, including performances by the Yale Brass Trio and the Jasper String Quartet, and a tribute to Romanian composer George Enescu.

The live stream can be accessed at Three types of streams will be available: high-definition video; lower-resolution video for those with slower internet connections, and an audio-only stream. Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, is the School of Music’s primary performance venue. An audio-only stream will be available for selected performances in Woolsey Hall and Sudler Hall.


Published January 28, 2010
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New Music New Haven features Martin Bresnick’s multimedia, anti-war piece Caprichos Enfáticos

bresnick_vThe Yale School of Music features composer Martin Bresnick in a New Music New Haven concert at 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 2 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The program highlights Bresnick’s Caprichos Enfáticos: Los Desastres de la Guerra (Emphatic Caprices: The Disasters of War), a piece that laments the excesses and tragedies of war by integrating devastating interpolated DVD projections, created by Johanna Bresnick, based on Francisco Goya’s book of etchings Los Destastres de la Guerra. Pianist Lisa Moore and the acclaimed ensemble So Percussion will perform this multimedia work. MORE

Published March 11, 2009
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