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Kathryn Libin, outgoing president of the American Musical Instrument Society, passes the gavel to incoming president Stewart Carter at the society's annual business beeting on 29 June 2007 in Saybrook College's dining hall.

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This page serves an archive past events and announcements of the Collection.


Special Exhibit presents woodwinds by local makers

A new exhibit entitled "Whirring Lathes, Dulcet Tones: Woodwind Making in Early 19th-Century Connecticut and New York" will open on at the Collection on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

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 a bass clarion (a bass clarinet in the shape of a bassoon) made by Uzal Miner after a design that his mentor George Catlin patented in the early 1800s.

The instruments come from the workshops of Edward Riley (New York City), George Catlin (Hartford), Uzal Miner (Hartford), John Meacham, Jr. (Hartford and Albany), Asa Hopkins (Litchfield), Benjamin & Munger (New Haven), and Firth, Hall, and Pond (New York City and Litchfield).

Supplementing the displays of instruments are period portraiture, genre scenes, newspaper advertisements, instrument tutors, and instruction books. Facsimiles of engravings demonstrate the lathes were used in the turning of woodwinds at this time. Actual wood samples acquaint viewers with the different species of woods that were favored by makers of the day: boxwood, satinwood, rosewood, cocuswood, ebony, and maple.

The exhibit was organized by Susan E. Thompson, a curator of the Collection. Thompson was assisted by three museum interns, two of whom are recent graduates of the School of Music, and one who will graduate this spring: Bethany Wiese ’10 MM, Scott Holben ’10 MM, and Ian Petruzzi ’12 MM.

"Whirring Lathes, Dulcet Tones" will remain on view until June 29, 2012.

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Special Free Concert:

Yale Baroque Ensemble

Sunday April 10, 2012, at 3:00 pm

The Yale School of Music and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments are pleased to present the Yale Baroque Ensemble

Robert Mealy, Director, in "Stylus Fantasticus: extravagant and experimental music from the seventeenth century." The Yale Baroque Ensemble is the ensemble-in-residence at the Collection

of Musical Instruments. Free, but tickets required. This concert was a preview of the April 25 Yale in New York concert. 


Special Free Concert:
Johanna Novom, violin & Avi Stein, harpsichord

The Yale School of Music and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments were pleased to present violinist Johanna Novom and harpsichordist Avi Stein in a special free early evening performance on Thursday 24 February 2011, at 5:30 p.m.  Their program included music Baroque masters Arcangelo Corelli, Johann Georg Muffat, Heinrich Biber, Jean-Henri D'Anglebert, Jacques Duphly, J. S. Bach, and Domenico Scarlatti.

For further information see novom-stein

Quaver Viol Consort in Special Anniversary Concert

The Elizabethan Club and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments jointly sponsored a concert performed by the Quaver Viol Consort on Monday, February 7, at 5:15 pm. The program, entitled "The Queen Resplendent: A Musical Portrait of Elizabeth" was presented in celebration of the  hundredth anniversary of the Elizabethan Club. The performance took place in the Collection of Musical Instruments at 15 Hillhouse Avenue.  The concert was free and open to the public.  A wine and cheese reception followed the performance.


Renovation of Storage Area Completed at

15 Hillhouse Avenue

A major renovation of the the basement storage area was completed last fall. The project included a thorough cleaning and painting of the area, improvements in lighting and air handling, and the installation of state-of-the art storage cabinets and racks. This summer the staff are reorganizing the instrusments in the storage area and conducting a comprehensive inventory of the entire Collection. The renovation has significantly upgraded the storage conditions from the all-important perspective of conservation and will greatly enhance accessibility to the collection by staff and Yale faculty and students, and visiting scholars. 


Westfield Center Conference at Yale, Fall 2010

The Collection will participate in a conference held at Yale by the Westfield Center, an organization that fosters interest in keyboard instruments and music. Members of the organization include performers, instrument makers, and scholars from around the world who share an interest in the organ, harpsichord, clavichord and piano.  The conference will take place on the Yale campus September 24-26 and will focus on the "Romantic Piano," highlighting instruments from the mid-19th century.  A number of the presentations will take place in the Collection and will present instruments from the museum's holdings. For more information, please visit the Westfield Center's website at:



Conservators named

Interim Director William Purvis is pleased to announce that two eminent instrument makers have accepted invitations to serve as consultant Conservators to the Collection. 

ANDREW DIPPER, Vice-president of Claire Givens Violins (Minnea-polis) will serve as consultant Conservator of string instruments. A renowned luthier and scholar, Mr. Dipper has performed restoration and conservation work for many of the world's foremost public and private musical instrument collections, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York; the Federal Musical Instrument Museum of Berlin; the Shrine to Music Museum in South Dakota; and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

RODNEY REGIER, of Freeport, Maine, will serve as consultant Curator of pianos.  Mr. Regier has completed three extensive restorations of pianos in the Yale Collection and delivered a new fortepiano of his own make to the Yale School of Music last season.  His instruments based on late 18th- and early 19th-century models are used by eminent pianists around the world and by institutions including the University of California, Harvard University, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), Stanford University, and many others.


36th Annual Meeting of the

American Musical Instrument Society

The Yale Collection was host the 36th annual meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society June 27 - July 1, 2007.  An international assembly of scholars, curators, musicians, theorists, acousticians, musical instrument enthusiasts, and collectors gathered on the Yale Campus to attend the symposia, papers, demonstrations, panels, and performances presented in conjunction with this meeting. More information...

Special series of free concerts

A special series of three free concerts was presented by the Collection in the spring of 2007 in addition to the five concerts on the regular annual series.  More information...

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