2016 Music in Schools Winter Festival

IMG_5851For 120 New Haven Public Schools students, vacation from school doesn’t mean taking a break from music.  During the NHPS Winter Break (Feb. 16-19), the Music in Schools Initiative hosted its annual Winter Festival for students across New Haven.  Nineteen Yale School of Music graduate students participated as Teaching Artists, providing instrument-specific instruction, leading sectionals and ensembles, and developing close relationships with their students.

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Published March 3, 2016
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Music in Schools Students to Perform with U.S. Navy Concert Band

The U.S. Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy

The United States Navy Band is coming to New Haven!  The Navy’s premier wind ensemble will give a concert on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in Woolsey Hall (500 College St.).

Five high school musicians from the Music in Schools All-City Honors Ensembles have been invited to join the Navy Concert Band onstage: Brianna Chance (flute, Wilbur Cross High School), Charlie Orr (B-flat clarinet, Wilbur Cross High School), Laura Rosado (percussion, Wilbur Cross High School), Juan Pablo Rodriguez (alto saxophone, Wilbur Cross High School), and Jose Ayala (trumpet, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School).  The event will be attended by New Haven and Yale community members, including over 250 New Haven Public Schools students and families hosted by the Music in Schools Initiative. MORE

Published March 2, 2016
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Yale recognizes Music in Schools Initiative with Linda K. Lorimer Award

2015.10.28 LKL AwardOn Oct. 28, President Salovey and Linda K. Lorimer presented 35 Yale staff members representing nine key initiatives with the Linda K. Lorimer Award for staff excellence and distinguished service to the university.

Salovey noted that the employees’ unique and important contributions represent the true sprit of Yale: innovation, leadership, teamwork, commitment, and exemplary service.

The staff members of the School of Music’s Music in Schools Initiative — Michael Yaffe, Rubén Rodríguez, and Kate Gonzales — received the award for their work connecting Yale with the New Haven community. The President’s citation reads:

By teaming to develop the innovative Music in Schools Program, they have reinforced Yale’s connections with the New Haven community and earned us national recognition for this model of cultural leadership.

In his letter of nomination, Dean Blocker said that –

The evolution of this venture, especially under the watchful eyes of Michael, Rubén, and Kate, has been extraordinary. And the enthusiasm, hope, and joy seen in these children and their families have united the many diverse populations of New Haven. In the closing concert of the Morse Academy this summer, Sprague Hall was almost filled to capacity with parents and friends who only two or three years earlier had not entered the campus, certainly not to see their children on an international stage.

Read the full list of 2015 Linda K. Lorimer Award winners here.

Published November 3, 2015
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Morse Summer Music Academy expands concert series

Morse 2014 044The Morse Summer Music Academy, a partnership between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, is currently taking place on the YSM campus and at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School. With a total of 142 students from 27 schools, this year’s Academy is bigger than ever.

Accordingly, Morse Academy has expanded its concert series to include a total of 38 concerts throughout the program. This includes a series of chamber music pop-up concerts that will take place simultaneously at four different locations on Yale’s campus: the Peabody Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and Cross Campus, as well as the New Haven Free Public Library downtown.

These concerts will take place every Thursday and Friday afternoon during the program—July 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31—starting at 1:00pm. Each will feature 5-6 student chamber ensembles, with groups rotating between the different venues each day. MORE

Published July 9, 2015
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Sixth Morse Summer Music Academy begins Monday, July 6

Morse 2014 278On Monday, July 6, the Yale School of Music will welcome 142 young musicians to the fifth Morse Summer Music Academy, which will take place July 6–31, 2015.

The Morse Summer Music Academy provides free, comprehensive music instruction to New Haven Public School music students. In the intensive, four-week program, each student has a weekly private lesson and takes part in scheduled daily chamber music lessons, ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and master classes. Field trips include museums and galleries as well as the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in northwest Connecticut.

The most significant addition to this year’s Morse Academy programming is the addition of a choral program. With 16 new students and 3 new teaching artists, the choral program will also include daily classes, rehearsals, and chamber music study. Many students focusing on instrumental study will also be able to spend part of the day singing with the chorus.

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Published July 2, 2015
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Young Artists Solo Showcase announces participants, winners

9th-12th grade prize winners and judges

9th-12th grade prize winners and judges

The Music in Schools Initiative proudly announces the participants and winners of the 2015 Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Showcase, which took place May 19–21 from 6 to 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The showcase, a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, offers top-performing young students the chance to perform on the YSM stage in front of their peers, families, and community members, as representatives of their schools. The participants were selected by their school music teachers and perform with accompaniment from a Yale School of Music pianist.

Each of the three age groups performed on a different night: 9th–12th grades on Tuesday, May 19; 7th–8th grades on Wednesday, May 20; and 4th–6th grades on Thursday, May 21. The two younger age groups include students who play percussion, string, brass, and woodwind instruments. The high school level of the Showcase includes voice students as well as instrumentalists.

In addition to representing their schools, the 9th–12th grade students were adjudicated by a panel of local music professionals, and the top performers were awarded prizes, including tickets for their family to attend a Yale School of Music performance.

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Published June 24, 2015
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Symposium on Music in Schools June 4–7 to focus on music partnerships

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The 2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools will take place June 4–7 on the Yale campus. This year, the event will focus on partnerships between public school systems and private music organizations.

Thirty-eight music partnerships from across the United States were selected to participate in the event. Two representatives from each partnership will travel to New Haven to take part in the biennial event. Over the course of four days, those representatives will participate in a variety of discussions and workshops, culminating with the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards at the closing banquet.

The Symposium is designed to spark ideas and provoke conversation. Workshops on topical issues in music education will be followed by breakout sessions that will allow participants to explore ideas in depth. An event on Friday, June 5 will feature the Emanio String Quartet in a combination of conversation and performance. MORE

Published June 3, 2015
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All-City Honors Ensembles to perform final concert of season

Music in Schools-156The 2014–15 season of the All-City Honors Ensembles — a major program of the Music in Schools Initiative — will come to a close with a final concert in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall on Saturday, May 30. The concert begins at 6:00 pm and is open to the public. Admission is free, no tickets required.

The All-City Honors Ensembles are comprised of band, orchestra, and chorus programs. Nearly every Saturday afternoon throughout the school year, a total of over 200 New Haven Public School students have been attending rehearsals at Wilbur Cross HS, led by a combination of NHPS music teachers, YSM graduate student Teaching Artists, and special guests. Students range from 4th-12th grade, and are admitted by audition in October. Participants are expected to maintain membership in their schools’ music ensembles as well, if available. MORE

Published May 27, 2015
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June 5 event combines concert and conversation

Matheus Garcia-Souza

Matheus Garcia-Souza

An event on Friday, June 5 will highlight the role that music partnerships can play in today’s environment. Matheus Garcia Souza ’14 MM will talk about his work as a teaching artist, lead a performance by New Haven’s All-City Honors String Orchestra, and perform with his own string quartet.

Originally from Londrina, Brazil, Matheus started teaching during his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, with students from the ages of 6 to 50. While studying for his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, he served as a teaching artist in the Music in Schools Initiative: he taught beginning string students at Lincoln-Bassett Elementary School and then directed the All-City Honors String Orchestra and the 2013 String Orchestra of the Morse Summer Music Academy.

In February, 2014 he was the teaching artist of the week, and in May, 2014 he was awarded the prize for the outstanding graduating teaching artist in the Music in Schools program. MORE

Published May 14, 2015
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Solo Showcase to feature young New Haven musicians

2014 Solo Competition 111The Music in Schools Initiative proudly announces the 2015 Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Showcase, taking place May 19–21 from 6-8pm in Morse Recital Hall. The showcase, a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, offers top-performing young students the chance to perform on the YSM stage in front of their peers and community members, as representatives of their schools. The students are selected by their school music teachers and perform with accompaniment from a Yale School of Music pianist.

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Published May 13, 2015
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