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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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Winning participants announced for fifth Yale Symposium on Music in Schools

David Lang

David Lang

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the participants selected for the fifth Symposium on Music in Schools, which will take place June 4–7, 2015 on the Yale campus. This year’s Symposium will focus on partnerships between professional music organizations and public school music programs.

All participants will receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award and will send representatives to the Symposium to participate in three days of strategic sessions. Featured speakers include MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and author/journalist Joanne Lipman.

The 2015 winners comprise 38 partnerships hailing from 19 states and the District of Columbia. The majority represent urban school districts, but many are from suburban and rural districts. The music organizations include orchestras, jazz, opera, community music schools, and concert presenters. Among the participants are such major organizations as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Cliburn Competition, Astral Artists, and the National Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published March 23, 2015
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Music in Schools Initiative announces new Winter Festival

Morse 2014 034The Music in Schools Initiative is pleased to announce a brand new program in partnership with the New Haven Public Schools, the MISI Winter Festival.

From Tuesday, February 17 – Friday, February 20, students will participate in instrumental classes, large ensemble rehearsals, private lessons, and other activities. Programming runs from 9:30am to 12:00pm each day at Fair Haven School, with instruction by NHPS music teachers and YSM graduate student teaching artists.

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Published February 16, 2015
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All-City Honors Ensembles perform first ever Winter Concert

IMG_9895This past Saturday, the auditorium of Wilbur Cross HS was filled with holiday cheer, as well as audience cheers, as the All-City Honors Ensembles took the stage for their first ever Winter Concert.

Following the opening performance of “We Need A Little Christmas” by the Children’s Choir, Lead Teacher Rubén Rodríguez ’07MM welcomed the families in the audience, proclaiming that, “Today, your kids are not asking you for toys or presents, but rather, they are giving you the gift of music.”

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Published December 17, 2014
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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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