Purvis, Van Sice, and Yale Percussion at Central Conservatory

percussion Prof Robert Van Sice greets the large audience in the Central Conservatory Recital Hall

Percussion Prof Robert Van Sice greets the large audience in the Central Conservatory Recital Hall

On July 23, after rehearsals for the Mahler concert, two members of the Yale faculty, hornist William Purvis and percussionist Robert Van Sice, went to the recital hall of the Central Conservatory of Music to give master classes for students there. In addition, members of the Yale percussion group performed both individually and in ensemble.

All of these events were well-attended and there was plenty of time for coaching, with the teachers aided by very capable translators. What was most striking was that both Purvis and Van Sice emphasized the importance of musicality, expression, gesture, and communication, talking about technique only to the degree necessary to make these musical qualities come alive.

The CCOM students were clearly very skilled, but after a few minutes with these master teachers, their ability to make music took a leap forward.

These and many more photos here.

William Purvis works with a horn student on a Mozart Concerto

William Purvis works with a horn student on a Mozart Concerto

Purvis demonstrates how pitch would have been changed in Mozarts time with a natural horn

Purvis demonstrates how performers would have changed pitches in Mozart's time with a natural horn

Robert Van Sice listens to an energetic CCOM marimba player

Robert Van Sice listens to an energetic CCOM marimba player

CCOM students and other young audience members crowd around Van Sice and members of the Yale Perucssion Group, including Ji Hye Jung, Michael Zell, Michael Compitello, and Lea DeRoin

CCOM students and other young audience members crowd around Van Sice and members of the Yale Perucssion Group, including Michael Zell, Lea DeRoi, Michael Compitello, and Ji Hye Jung

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