October’s Instrument of the Month

This month, the Collection of Musical Instruments is displaying a Sea Dragon Horn as its featured instrument. Traditionally referred to as the Dbang Dung, this Eastern Tibetan horn is a little more than a foot in length with a brass mouth piece indicative of an early brass horn. The narrow body terminates in the head […]

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February’s Instrument of the Month

February’s instrument of the month just returned to the Collection after its stint in the exhibit “Samuri and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace” at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The ryuteki is a transverse flute made of bamboo which was often used in performances of gagaku, or Japanese classical music of the imperial court. Stop by before the end […]

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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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New exhibit explores local 19th-century woodwind makers

 A new exhibit called Whirring Lathes, Dulcet Tones: Woodwind Making in Early 19th-Century Connecticut and New York will open on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at Yale’s Collection of Musical Instruments. Twenty-six woodwind instruments are on display, including flageolets, fifes, a piccolo, flutes, clarinets, and a bassoon. The most unusual instrument featured in the exhibit is […]

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Exhibit of New Yorker covers will explore the ‘Lighter Side of Music’

     An exhibit of humorous New Yorker covers on musical subjects will open at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments on Wednesday, May 12. Titled “The Lighter Side of Music: New Yorker Covers (1931-2010),” the show features the works of 23 New Yorker artists, including Rose Silver, Abe Birnbaum, Perry Barlow, Mary Petty, […]

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