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Symposium on Music in Schools to reward partnerships June 2015

The Music in Schools Initiative is proud to announce the 2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools and Yale Distinguished Music Educators Awards. This year’s Symposium will be held June 4–7, 2015 at Yale University.

This year, the focus of these two activities is on partnership programs between public school music programs and professional music organizations. With support from an endowment established by the Yale College Class of 1957, the 2015 Symposium will honor thirty-five music education partnership programs from throughout the United States for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.

Over the course of four days, two representatives from each partnership will participate in a variety of discussions and workshops, culminating with the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards at the closing banquet.  MORE

Published November 25, 2014
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Applications open for 2014-15 All-City Honors Ensembles

The Music in Schools Initiative is pleased to invite applications for the 2014–2015 All-City Honors Ensembles. The All-City Honors Band, Chorus, and Orchestra are open for application to New Haven Public School students in 5th–12th grades. These groups meet weekly during the school year, and are taught by a combination of NHPS music teachers, Yale Teaching Artists, and special guests.

Applications are now open. All students must apply online by Sunday, October 12 using the appropriate form linked below.

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Published September 25, 2014
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Four NHPS students receive instruments from Music in Schools Initiative

This summer, during a Morse Summer Music Academy concert, the Music in Schools Initiative awarded four students with brand-new instruments in honor of their hard work and dedication to the program. The instruments were paid for by the John Miller Instrument Fund.

Morse 2014 271The four students, along with their current school enrollments, are:

Jordan Lampo, percussion (11th grade, Wilbur Cross High School)
Joseline Tlacomulco, clarinet (12th grade, Co-Op High School)
Justin Lewis, baritone saxophone (12th grade, Co-Op High School)
Richard Romero, alto saxophone (Freshman, University of New Haven)

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Published September 11, 2014
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Pupils Become Maestros

New Haven Independent
By Lucy Gellman

On a balmy Thursday last week, the students of Morse Summer Music Academy fanned out across New Haven for the first of their new “pop up concerts,” setting up shop inside the Peabody Museum and outside the Yale School of Music. Katherine Roque led the charge in a thicket of high school-aged students, joining an ensemble that was down one flutist. A few blocks away, Jocelyn Hernandez, Jesus Cortes-Sanchez and Richard Romero looked after the groups they had been “coaching” for a mere three days, readying them for their first public appearance.

Group1-550x393What sets Roque (flute), Cortes-Sanchez (clarinet), Hernandez (clarinet) and Romero (alto saxophone) aside from the other teachers this summer is not just their bubbly and hands-on approach, but their age. Unlike the Academy’s typical bunch—graduate students at the Yale School of Music and several New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) teachers—the four are newly minted high school graduates, and the Summer Music Academy’s first crop of NHPS student interns. All four are also New Haven Promise scholars.

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Published July 17, 2014
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Fifth Morse Summer Music Academy begins July 7

On Monday, July 7, the Yale School of Music will welcome eighty-eight young participants to the fifth Morse Summer Music Academy, which will take place July 7–August 1, 2014.

AKW_9655The 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 individual practice, 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 a series of chamber music pop-up concerts at Yale locations like the Peabody Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and Cross Campus. These concerts will take place every Thursday and Friday afternoon during the program—July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31—starting at 1:00pm. The public is welcome to attend these afternoon concerts, as well as the more formal evening concerts in Sprague Hall on Monday and Wednesday evenings—July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30—at 6:00pm. All concerts are free to attend. (Cost of museum admission still applies.)

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Published July 2, 2014
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Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition announces winners

The annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition, held May 20–22, 2014 in Morse Recital Hall, awarded prizes to eleven public school music students. The competition, a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, offers NHPS students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and compete against their peers. Students are nominated by their school music teachers. The competition is part of the Music in Schools Initiative.

9th-12th grade winners

9th-12th grade winners

Each age group — 4th–6th grades, 7th–8th grades, and 9th–12th grades — competes on a different night. The two younger age groups include students who play percussion, string, brass, and woodwind instruments. The high school level of the Solo Competition is open to voice students as well as instrumentalists.

The top three performers in each age group, as well as two Honorable Mentions in the 7th-8th grade age group, were awarded prizes, including tickets to a future concert at the School of Music. MORE

Published June 5, 2014
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All-City Honors Ensembles to play spring concert May 9

ACHB_YCBThe 2013–14 season of the All-City Honors Ensembles — a major project of the Music in Schools Initiative — will come to a close with a final concert in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall on Friday, May 9. The concert begins at 7:00 pm and is open to the public. Admission is free, no tickets required.

The All-City Honors Ensembles are comprised of a Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. Nearly every Saturday afternoon throughout the school year, a total of 160 New Haven Public School students have been attending rehearsals on Yale campus, 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 5, 2014
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Teaching Artist of the Week: Isabel Lepanto Gleicher ’14 MM

Not all teaching artists can say that they have experienced both sides of the student/teaching artist relationship. But Isabel Lepanto Gleicher ’14 MM says it’s the reason she plays flute today: “My very first private teacher was a teaching artist. That’s how I started the flute. She played flute professionally, and I wanted to play the flute. So my parents approached her, and she became my private teacher.”

TA_Izzy GleicherIsabel now teaches over a dozen students in private and group lessons at Mauro-Sheridan School and Co-Op High School throughout the week, as well as leading flute instruction for the All-City Honors Band on Saturdays. This past summer, she had her first experience teaching young students in the Morse Summer Music Academy: “Before, I’d only ever really taught private lessons to high school students or older. But at Morse, from the very first day I was surrounded by almost a hundred kids, and many of them were my responsibility in different ways. So it was challenging in the sense that my learning curve had to be really steep. By week two I was completely comfortable in doing everything that I needed to do, and I felt like I had a really good relationship with the kids.”

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Published April 4, 2014
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Teaching Artist of the Week: Ian Tuski ’15 MM

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Regular classes at Fair Haven Middle School end at 3:00 pm every weekday. But on Tuesdays and Thursdays, seven students get to stay an extra hour for group guitar classes taught by Ian Tuski ’15 MM.

Tuski, a first-year student at YSM, has several years of experience teaching guitar in private lessons at the Wauwatosa School of Music in Wauwatosa, WI. However, this experience with the Music in Schools Initiative is the first time he’s taught both in a group setting and in a public school. About the program, he says, “most students don’t need much convincing to come learn guitar due it being such a popular instrument. The challenge comes with so many students thinking guitar is only a part of popular music.”

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Published March 18, 2014
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Morse Summer Music Academy 2013 students perform winter concert

IMG_7841 (1)On Friday, Jan 31, New Haven Public School students, their families, and YSM Teaching Artists from the 2013 Morse Summer Music Academy reunited on the Yale campus for a concert and workshop. Also in attendance were the benefactors of the program, Mrs. and Mr. Lester Morse ’51 BA, who were very happy to see the students’ continued work.

The concert, formatted much like the semiweekly Morse Academy concerts, featured students giving a brief speech about their selection before playing, and receiving a short onstage coaching by a teaching artist afterward. Ensemble performances included a flute trio, a clarinet quartet, a brass quintet, and a string quartet. The four high school seniors attending — Katherine Roque, Jocelyn Hernandez, Jesus Cortes, and Richard Romero, who have all been in MISI programs for many years and are now applying to college Music Education programs — also gave moving solo performances, as well as updates on their college applications. MORE

Published February 24, 2014
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