Christina Linsenmeyer appointed Associate Curator of the Collection of Musical Instruments

Christina Linsenmeyer

Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, has recently announced that Christina Linsenmeyer will join the staff of the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments in May 2019. Below is his announcement to the Yale community:

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Christina Linsenmeyer has been appointed Associate Curator at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and will begin her work in May. “Christina’s deep knowledge and broad perspective will contribute to our mission the moment she joins our team,” Collection Director William Purvis said.

Most recently, Dr. Linsenmeyer worked as a researcher at the Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki, in Finland. She was a founding Curator and served as interim Head of Curatorial Affairs at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Linsenmeyer earned a doctorate in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis, a diploma in violin-making from the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and a bachelor of arts degree with honors in music from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. She is passionate about cultural history and the arts and has spent the past two decades specializing in musical-instrument museums and organology. Dr. Linsenmeyer has also explored transdisciplinary approaches to the visual and aural aspects of music history and the intersections of aesthetics, social history, and material culture.

A contributor to numerous international publications, she has made presentations at such notable institutions as the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, the University of Edinburgh’s Musical Instrument Collection, and the Violin Society of America. She is the Secretary of the International Council of Museums’ International Committee for Museums and Collections of Instruments and Music.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Linsenmeyer.

Warmest regards,

Robert Blocker
The Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music
Yale School of Music

Published April 17, 2019
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Bravo Waterbury! Visits the Collection


Calida Jones, students, and chaperones share smiles while visiting the string and woodwind gallery.

On Wednesday, July 20th, students from the Bravo Waterbury! music program were invited to spend the day working with the students and faculty of the Morse Summer Music Academy. Part of this visit included an exclusive tour of our Collection, given by Museum Intern, Sam Bobinski, and Program Coordinator, Kelly Hill. The group of more than 30 young musicians was led through the galleries and introduced to many instruments not found in schools or orchestras, such as our Russian bassoon, kits, bullock bell, and hurdy-gurdy.

“Bravo Waterbury!  is an intensive after-school music education program for students at Children’s Community School and Brass City Charter School in Waterbury, Connecticut. The program is inspired by Venezuela’s “music education miracle” known as El Sistema, a program for social change started over 30 years ago by politician and musician Jose Abreu.  In collaboration with The Leever Foundation, The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Community School and other community partners, Bravo provides music education, instruments, and mentorship to Waterbury youngsters.”

Calida Jones, the program’s director, reminded the students just how lucky they were to have the opportunity to view the museum as a group, and urged the young musicians to pay respectful attention in the hopes of gaining an experience unlike any other. Following her advice, the youngster listened well. Many inquisitive remarks were met with answers or stories relating to the musical objects, and the explanations and demonstrations were earnestly appreciated.

Published July 22, 2016
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[ El Mundo Ensemble ]

Master class with El Mundo director
Richard Savino

After a very refreshing concert of the El Mundo Ensemble featuring Spanish baroque music, director Prof. Richard Savino conducted a master class for students in the guitar studio of the Yale School of Music. Three distinguished students who are pursuing degrees in Masters, Artist Diploma and DMA performed a piece of their repertoire to get advice and further knowledge. Prof. Savino is presently a Collegiate Professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Professor of Music at the California State University at Sacramento.

Not only was it beneficial to the students themselves but also to members of the audience, who were mostly musicians and were able to follow his thoughts on slurs, accents and right hand technique in early music.


Arash Noori performed a lively work by Santiago de Murcia on his baroque guitar. Mr. Savino explained the instrument to everybody and talked about the different types of tunings that were common at this time in the 16th and 17th century.




Mr. Noori’s interpretation flowed when they played sections as a duo after they had discussed technical and musical aspects of the long improvisational passage at the beginning of the Passacalle por la E.





Ray Zhou (A.D.) played the Prelude and Presto from the first Lute suite (BWV 996) by J.S. Bach on a modern 7-string guitar. Hidden hemioles and counterpoint were the topics of his lesson.


 Ian Tuski (M.M.) performed Mauro Giuliani’s Sonata Eroica, a classical jewel in the guitar repertoire. Savino discussed and imitated orchestra instruments using his voice at specific moments of the work to state the quote from the guitar master Andrés Segovia “the guitar is an orchestra.”

Katrin Endrikat
museum intern (M.M.’14)

Published April 25, 2015
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Concerts & master classes with clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianist Robert Levin

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Robert Levin in a series of performances, master classes, and workshops next week.

Robert-Levin-300x200-2The duo will perform a program featuring works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Clara Schumann (1819–1896), and Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). Those performances take place Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm and Monday, December 3 at 8 pm. The program features Robert Schumann’s Soiréestücke, Op. 73 (the original version of the Fantasiestücke); Brahms’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, no. 1; Clara Schumann’s Romances, Op. 21; and the Brahms Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, no. 2

Mr. Levin will be bringing a historic piano made in 1869 by Johann Baptist Streicher. This is the same type known to have been owned and used by Johannes Brahms himself during the last twenty-four years of his life. For tickets, please visit or call the Collection at 203 432-0822.

Master Classes & Lectures

All master classes and lectures are free and open to the public.

Robert Levin: “Improvising Mozart”

A lecture-demonstration on the style and techniques of Classical-era improvisation, given on the Collection’s Könnicke piano, ca.1795.
When: Sunday, December 3, following the concert (approx. 5:30 pm)
Where: Collection of Musical Instruments, upstairs keyboard gallery

Charles Neidich: “Old is New, New is Old”neidich2-300x278

A short lecture and master class on early clarinets, with a focus on the ways in which early instrument performance often illuminate the radical nature of older works, making them more understandable within their historical context.
When: Sunday, December 3, following the concert (approx. 5:30 pm)
Where: Collection of Musical Instruments, first floor east gallery

Piano Master Class with Robert Levin

W.A. Mozart: Sonata No. 15 in F major, K. 533/494
Rachel Cheung

W.A. Mozart: Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Euntaek Kim

J. S. Bach: Partita in Bb major, BWV 825
Jun Luke Foster

When: Monday, December 3, 4–6 pm
Where: Leigh Hall (435 College Street), Room 408 (Parker Recital Hall)

Clarinet Master Class with Charles Neidich

Program and performs to be announced.

When: Monday, December 3, 4–6 pm
Where: Leigh Hall (435 College Street), Room 402

About the Artists

Hailed by the New Yorker as “a master of his instrument and beyond a clarinetist,” Charles Neidich regularly appears as soloist and as collaborator in chamber music with leading ensembles including the Saint Louis Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and Deutsches Philharmonic, along with the Juilliard, Guarneri, Brentano, American String Quartets and many others. Known as a leading exponent of period instrument performance practice, he has performed his restoration of the Mozart Concerto throughout the world both on modern and period instruments.

One of America’s leading keyboard artists, Robert Levin is equally at home at the harpsichord, the fortepiano, and the modern piano as a recitalist, concerto performer, and chamber musician. He is also recognized as an authoritative scholar on the Classical and Baroque periods. Robert Levin is best known as a Mozart pianist and scholar. He has written cadenzas to many of the master’s concertos (including the piano, violin, and horn concertos); he has published embellishments of Mozart solo parts; and he has written several reconstructions and completions of Mozart works. His completion of Mozart’s Requiem won wide critical acclaim after its premiere by Helmuth Rilling at the European Music Festival in Stuttgart in August 1991. He has published many scholarly studies, with a special concentration on performance practice.

Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

15 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06520-8278

t: 203.432.0822

Published November 29, 2012
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Maccari and Pugliese offer guitar concert & class at Collection Nov. 11

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the classical guitar duo of Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese in a special event on Sunday, November 11 at 7 pm. The duo will offer Guitar Music of the Nineteenth Century: Interpretation and Performance, a concert and master class.

The class will feature works for guitar by Sor and Giuliani prepared by students in the Yale School of Music. MORE

Published November 9, 2012
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Yale Collection of Musical Instruments joins live streaming

Masaaki Suzuki’s harpsichord recital at the Collection of Musical Instruments on Tuesday, April 26 will stream live at This is the first time that the School of Music will live-stream from the Collection.

photo by Marco Borggreve

photo by Marco Borggreve

Suzuki performs regularly as a conductor as well as a keyboardist. In this recital, he will play music from France, England, and Germany, with compositions by Louis Couperin (the uncle of the better-known François Couperin), William Byrd, Jakob Froberger, Dietrich Buxtehude, and – Suzuki’s specialty – Johann Sebastian Bach.

The program opens with Couperin’s Suite in A minor and Passacaille in C major, followed by Byrd’s Ninth Pavane and Gaillarde, from My Ladye Nevells Booke. Suzuki will then play Froberger’s Partita No. 12 in C major, “Lamento sopra la dolorosa,” and Buxtehude’s Prelude in G minor. He will close the program with two works by Bach: the Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor, BWV 853, and the Partita No. 6 in E minor.

Masaaki Suzuki will play two of the Collection’s harpsichords: a Flemish instrument made by Andreas Ruckers in Antwerp around 1640, and an “expressive double” made in Paris by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder around 1740.

The recital will take place on Tuesday, April 26 at 5 pm at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). Tickets to this recital are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students. The live stream can be accessed at

For more information, visit or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published April 25, 2011
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