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Yale Student Composers Interviews

Call Number: OHVII

Scope and Contents

The Yale Student Composers project documents Yale’s celebrated graduate student composers. These promising young artists are interviewed at the outset of their studies at Yale, and they speak about their work, musical education, inspiration, and other subjects. Their testimony is filmed by a professional videographer.


  • 2010 - 2021

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. The finding aid includes links to stream most interviews online via Oral History of American Music's (OHAM) AV access system, Aviary. Yale users can login to Aviary using their Yale University ID, to stream these interviews without restriction. Other users are able to request access to interviews directly through Aviary. For access instructions, and to request transcripts of an interview, see OHAM's website. This finding aid also includes links to Table of Contents for most interviews.

Some interviews may be restricted. Access to these restricted interviews may only be granted to a patron who has first obtained direct permission from the interviewee or their estate.

Some interviews may not have been digitized or are otherwise not available to stream online. However, these interviews may have been transcribed. Please see contact OHAM for more details.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

.mov, .mp4 and .wav files

Conditions Governing Use

Rights and permissions for OHAM materials vary between individual interviews. Researchers wishing to publish or broadcast OHAM materials are responsible for obtaining direct authorization from copyright holders: generally, the interviewees or their estates.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by surname of interviewee.


94 Computer Files (249.7 gigabytes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


OHAM conducts interviews to add to this collection on a yearly basis.

Separated Materials

The following interviews, originally in this collection, have been moved to Major Figures of American Music (OHV): Cerrone, Chris - OHVII 1 a (now OHV 410); Adams, Samuel - OHVII 2 a (now OHV 411).


69 interviews as of September 9, 2021. OHAM regularly conducts new interviews to add to this collection.

Guide to the Yale Student Composers Interviews
Compiled by Anne Rhodes
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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