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The sound of music

music-schools16Yale Alumni Magazine | By Christopher Arnott

It’s a Saturday morning. But at Wilbur Cross High School, the joint is jumping.

The school lobby is scattered with violins, cellos, basses, and their respective cases, as a classical ensemble sets up chairs and prepares to rehearse. Down the hall in the school’s band room, a trombonist blows the main melody from “Summertime,” and then a roomful of brass and other instruments chime in, finding their collective way through the Gershwin classic. A glee club is sitting in a different classroom, planning the next practice session. “I gotta go early,” one student says. “I gotta be in college,” says another. This leads to a discussion about responsibility and collaboration.

“Rehearsal is a sacred time,” announces Rubén Rodríguez Ferreira ’11MM, lead teacher of the Music in Schools Initiative. This gentle rejoinder effectively ends the excuses.

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Published October 29, 2015
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Cellos and jokes

Yale Alumni Magazine | Mar/Apr 2015
By Kathrin Lassila

If Yo-Yo Ma and fellow master cellist Aldo Parisot ’48Mus were a comedy duo, there’s no question who would be the straight man and who would deliver the punch lines. Ma and Parisot made it clear to a packed house at Woolsey Hall on January 13, in an unusual performance: they sat onstage and chatted.

The occasion was a concert to benefit a School of Music fund for cello students—and to celebrate Parisot. He’s Yale’s longest-serving faculty member and should probably be classed as an official Yale treasure. His bio is full of impressive lists. Born in Brazil, he has soloed with the great orchestras and conductors of the world, toured the globe many times, recorded with fine-arts labels, taught at leading US conservatories. MORE

Published March 12, 2015
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Yale musicians play—and listen—in Ghana

YPG_Ghana_UCCYale Alumni Magazine
By Christopher Arnott

For decades, musical groups from Yale have flown all over the world in the summers to perform. But the 12-day trip that members of the undergraduate Yale Concert Band and the School of Music’s Yale Percussion Group took to Ghana in May wasn’t just for sharing their own music but also for learning about Ghana’s musical culture.

While on the trip, students made video and audio recordings to document native Ghanaian drummers and dancers—recordings that will be used to make and publish transcriptions in collaboration with scholars and publishers in Ghana. Yale Bands director Thomas Duffy, who led the trip, likens the research to the valuable folk-music field recordings that scholars made in Appalachian areas of the United States in the 1930s. MORE

Published October 2, 2014
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A musical summer for New Haven students

Yale Alumni Magazine
By Mark Alden Branch ’86

Even though keeping up with Yale is my job, I’m frequently surprised to discover something going on here that I didn’t know about—something that is quietly doing a lot of good and improving a lot of lives. This summer, that something is the Morse Summer Music Academy, an intensive four-week music program for New Haven public-school students run by the School of Music. (My sixth-grader is one of the 78 students at this year’s academy.) MORE

Published August 9, 2013
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