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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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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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