December’s Instrument of the Month

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you. December’s featured instrument of the month is our set of sleigh bells from the Robyna Neilson Ketchum Collection. The set comprises of 9 brass bells attached to a leather strap. Stop by to view them on display, or click here for photos and more information.

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November’s Instrument of the Month

  November’s instrument of the month, the Couénophone, is a free-reed instrument, similar in shape to a bell-less saxophone. Otherwise known as a “Goofus,” this instrument was prominent during the Age of Jazz, and performed on by such groups as The Goofus Five. Stop by to see the Couénophone on display in our foyer, or click […]

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Tiam Goudarzi, recorder and Paolo Zanzu, harpsichord perform Nov. 11

The 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 […]

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The Sebastians perform at the Collection of Musical Instruments Oct. 25

The 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 […]

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Opening the 2015-2016 Concert Series:
Nigel North

The Collection of Musical Instruments at the Yale School of Music presents Nigel North, lute, on Sunday, October 11, at 3:00 pm. North will open our concert series with a program entitled “A Decoration of Silence: Italian Lute Music from the 16th Century,” which will include music by Dowland, Byrd, de Rippe, Milano, and Dalza.  North’s musical education was completed at the […]

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October’s Instrument of the Month

October’s featured instrument of the month is our bauble, or marotte. More trinket than musical instrument, this grisly-faced scepter was once the property of a court jester.   Visit the Collection in person to view the bauble on display, or click here to view more photos and information.

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YCMI Staff visit Yale’s new IPCH

Last week, members of the Collection staff travelled to Yale’s West Campus to tour the brand new Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Interns Katrin Endrikat and Kelly Hill, as well as student assistant Daniel Fears, met with Carol Snow, Deputy Chief Conservator and the Alan J. Dworsky Senior Conservator of Objects, to discuss strategies relating to the preservation […]

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YCMI Student Worker Succeeds
in Major Competition

Clarinetist and YCMI student worker Bixby Kennedy ’16 MM took second prize in the Ima Hogg Competition, winning a silver medal, a cash prize, and the opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony. During the past year, Bixby has been assisting with the cataloguing of our clarinet holdings. His keen interest in historical performance practice inspired him to borrow […]

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A Gift: The Paul A. Munier
Collection of Military Snare Drumsticks

    We are pleased to announce the acquisition of an important collection of 20th century military drumsticks. This gift, donated by Paul A. Munier of Haverill, MA, 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 […]

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Inter-Departmental Collaboration:
YCMI and Engineering’s CEID

This spring, Collection staff members Susan E. Thompson, Curator, and Kelly Hill, Museum Intern, had the privilege of working with students and faculty of the Engineering School in their course ENAS 118: Introduction to Engineering, Innovation, and Design. During this six-week collaboration, students were charged with the task of bringing hidden aspects of the museum […]

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