Collection of Musical Instruments closes for renovations

As the academic year comes to an end, we are looking forward to making some much-needed improvements to the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments building at 15 Hillhouse Ave. Restoration work on the exterior of the building will necessitate the Collection being closed from May 3 through fall 2019.

To prepare for the renovation work, staff at the Collection and the School of Music have worked with the construction team and with fine-art handlers to ensure the safeguarding of the Collection’s instruments.

Throughout the renovation project, Collection staff will be relocated to the Adams Center for Musical Arts at the School of Music. From there, we will continue to work on the upcoming brass-instrument exhibit, which is scheduled to open November 2019.

The Collection’s concert series will take place in 2020. Please visit for updates as they become available. For the most up-to-date news, please consider joining our email list at

Published May 6, 2019
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Collection presents Lina Tur Bonet and Kenneth Weiss Feb 14

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by baroque violinist Lina Tur Bonet and harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss on Sunday, February 14 at 3 pm.

The pair will perform works by well-known Baroque masters such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friederich Handel, and Antonio Vivaldi, as well as by Domenico Scarlatti, Luigi Boccherini, and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. MORE

Published February 8, 2016
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Tiam Goudarzi, recorder and Paolo Zanzu, harpsichord perform Nov. 11

paolo-zanzu-webThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments at the Yale School of Music presents Baroque recorder player Tiam Goudarzi and harpsichordist Paolo Zanzu on Wednesday, November 11 at 5:30 pm. The program, entitled Dissertazione corelliana (Corellian dissertation), explores the rise of the Roman school of instrumental music in the 18th century.

The duo will open and close the program with two sonatas from Arcangelo Corelli’s Opus 5. The collection was originally written as a set of 12 violin sonatas; Goudarzi and Zanu will open the program with the Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 5, No. 9 and will close with the Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 5, No. 1.

Zanzu will then play three short keyboard pieces by Domenico Scarlatti: the Sonata in A major, K. 113; Sonata in A major, K. 114; and Sonata in C minor, K 115. The pair will team up again for a performance of Georg Frideric Händel’s Recorder Sonata in D minor, HWV 367, and William Babell’s “Vo’ far guerra” from the opera Rinaldo. Zanzu will perform one more work for solo harpsichord, Händel’s Harpsichord suite in B-flat major, HWV 434, before the closing Corelli work.


Published October 27, 2015
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The Sebastians perform at the Collection of Musical Instruments Oct. 25

sebastians-webThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents The Sebastians in a concert on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 pm.

The performance, called Orfeo del Violino, will feature solo and trio sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli and his predecessors.

“As the legendary Orpheus used his music as a rhetorical weapon, Corelli brought a new level of virtuosity and expression to violin playing,” explain The Sebastians about this program. “Corelli’s infectious harmonic and structural language took Europe by storm, but it was his older Roman compatriots, including Lelio Colista, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Alessandro Stradella, who set the stage.”

Published October 14, 2015
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Lutenist Nigel North performs 16th-century music at Collection Oct. 11

north_n-hThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents celebrated lutenist Nigel North in recital on Sunday, October 11 at 3:00 pm. The program, entitled A Decoration of Silence, will include lute music of 16th-century Italy, France, and England.

Nigel North has been called “perhaps the greatest performer of the instrument of all time.” He has produced numerous recordings, including a four-volume collection entitled Bach on the Lute, and was a founding member of the ensemble Romanesca.

The concert will take place in the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, located at 15 Hillhouse Ave. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and Yale employees, $10 with student ID. The event will also stream live on the Collection’s website. MORE

Published October 1, 2015
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A Gift to YCMI: The Paul A. Munier Collection of Military Snare Drumsticks

military-drumsticksThe Collection of Musical Instruments recently announced the acquisition of an important collection of twentieth-century military drumsticks. This gift, donated by Paul A. Munier of Haverill, Mass., comprises 60 pairs made in a variety of materials, lengths, and tip shapes. Highlights include hand-turned pairs of rosewood, ebony, cocobolo, persimmon, zebra wood, and solid steel.

The solid steel pair of sticks pictured below was used for practice on a rubber pad by F.G. Holt, a snare drummer who played in the band of John Philip Sousa. Other pairs of Mr. Munier’s collection were owned by champion drummers P.F. Mietzner, the “Poet Drummer of Connecticut,” and A.B. Smith, the “Farmer Drummer of Connecticut.” MORE

Published July 13, 2015
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“Refreshing” El Mundo Ensemble performs at Collection April 12

el mundoThe Yale School of Music and Collection of Musical Instruments presents the El Mundo Ensemble at the Collection of Musical Instruments on Sunday, April 12 at 3:00pm.

The ensemble, led by artistic director Richard Savino, will present a program of music focusing on the Spanish Baroque. “El Mundo plays with a refreshing lack of rigidity or dogmatism,” says the New York Times, and Savino is a baroque guitarist hailed as “a player of high technique and sensitivity to style” (Gramophone).

The program includes selections by Antonio de Salazar, Rafael Castellano, Santiago de Murcia, and Sebastian Duron, among others. MORE

Published March 30, 2015
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Gold and Glitter: Aulos Ensemble presents music from Venice and Versailles Feb. 22

aulos_webThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the Aulos Ensemble on Sunday, February 22 at 3:00 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will present a program called Gold and Glitter: Music from Venice and Versailles.

Founded in 1973, The Aulos Ensemble was one of the first American “original instrument” ensembles. Its accomplishments over the past four decades have given it preeminence in the early music movement. Early Music America said of a recent Rameau recording, “The performers exhibit a masterfully controlled sense of ensemble throughout, and their precisely articulated delivery breathes with Rameau’s subtly dramatic phrasal undulations. The effect is exquisite.”

The members of the ensemble include harpsichordist Arthur Haas, a member of the YSM faculty, as well as Linda Quan, violin; Christopher Krueger, flute; Marc Schachman, oboe; and Myron Lutzke, cello. MORE

Published February 16, 2015
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Four Nations Ensemble performs at the Collection Jan. 25

FourNations-webThe Collection of Musical Instruements at the Yale School of Music presents the Four Nations Ensemble on Sunday, January 25 at 3:00 pm.

Many Baroque composers traveled throughout Europe seeking patronage, education, and for holiday. These cultural exchanges allowed composers to wear different musical hats, i.e., to be German and compose in decidedly French or Italian styles. This concert will celebrate the virtuosity of these composers, including Telemann, Leclair, Geminiani, Handel, and more. MORE

Published January 16, 2015
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“Back to the Future”: Music of 17th-century Italy and Germany featured in Nov. 16 concert

Photo by Johna Friends

Photo by Johna Friends

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents a program called Back to the Future: Music of 17th-century Italy and Germany. The concert features the trio of John Holloway, violin; Jane Gower, dulcian; and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord.

The dulcian is a Renaissance woodwind instrument with a double reed, similar to the modern bassoon.

The program includes passionate sonatas, toccatas, and dances from the dawn of the baroque and even earlier. Composers featured on the program include Boedecker, Buchner, Castello, Fontana, Froberger, Matteis, Rosenmuller, Rossi, Schmelzer, and Selma y Salvarde. MORE

Published November 12, 2014
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