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Florian Mitrea (Norfolk ’14)
Wins Chamber Music Award

FlorianMitreaPianoOn December 6th, Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea (Norfolk ’14)  won  Fourth Prize and the Chamber Music Award at the ninth annual Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Japan). Mitrea performed Prokofiev’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. MORE

Published December 10, 2015
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Robert Blocker reappointed as
Dean of Yale School of Music

Robert Blocker, Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of MusicUniversity President Peter Salovey announced recently that Robert Blocker will be reappointed to a fifth term as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music. The new five-year term will be effective July 1, 2016.

In a message to the University community, Salovey wrote: “This renewal is a reflection of Dean Blocker’s record as a transformative leader who has advanced the school—and the university more broadly—in significant ways. As dean, he has galvanized philanthropic support for music at Yale including the landmark gift that made the school tuition free; set new standards of educational excellence by recruiting world-class members of the faculty; and led our efforts to renovate and develop the school’s facilities—projects that will have impact on generations of musicians to come.”  MORE

Published September 29, 2015
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The Music Shed Cupola Has Landed!

Despite an early morning storm, the Music Shed’s newly restored cupola is now safely atop the Music Shed. Many thanks to Christopher Little for the wonderful action shots!



Published May 20, 2015
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Ransom Wilson Named Music Director of Orchestral Studies Program

RansomWilsonNorfolk Faculty member, Ransom Wilson, has been named the new Music Director of the Orchestral Studies Program at the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA).  NYSSSA is comprised of seven residential schools and offers training in ballet, choral studies, dance, media arts, orchestral studies, theatre and visual arts. Among the Faculty are members of  the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Chautauqua Institution.

The School of Orchestral Studies is co-sponsored by the New York State School Music Association, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the New York State Education Department and the the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. MORE

Published January 8, 2015
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In memoriam: William Gill Gridley, Jr., Trustee of Battell Stoeckel Estate in Norfolk

WilliamGridley_2William Gill Gridley, Jr., 85, died peacefully after a brief illness Saturday, November 29, 2014, at his Norfolk, CT home. A 1951 graduate of Yale College, he served for twenty years on the board of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, home of the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, in Norfolk, Conn.

Gridley was born January 10, 1929 in New York City. An investment banker by profession, Gridley began his career in 1953 at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he worked for 18 years before moving to American Express International Bank, where he was among the first western bankers to do business in China. MORE

Published December 5, 2014
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Alexander String Quartet Joins the
Norfolk Faculty During Summer 2015


(left to right): Zakarias Grafilo, Frederick Lifsitz,
Paul Yarbrough and Sandy Wilson
Photo: Rory Earnshaw

The Alexander String Quartet will join the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival faculty during the 2015 summer season.

Now is it’s 33rd year, the Quartet (Zakarias Grafilo, violin – Frederick Lifsitz, violin – Paul Yarbrough, viola – Sandy Wilson, cello) has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premiere ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich, the quartet’s recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), and the Bartók and Shostakovich cycles have all won international critical acclaim. MORE

Published September 17, 2014
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