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All-City Honors Ensembles
The Yale Music in Schools Initiative, in collaboration with New Haven Public Schools, offers the All-City Honors Ensembles during the school year. Students may participate in 8 different choir, orchestra, and band ensembles.
From Fall through Spring, graduate teaching artists and New Haven music educators instruct and mentor students in large ensembles, sectionals, and chamber music. Over 200 students participated in the ensembles in 2015-2016, representing about 1% of all students in New Haven Public Schools.
The All-City Honors Ensembles provides tuition-free performance opportunities for students beyond the activities they have in their home schools. In addition, the ensembles provide practical training and work for graduate teaching artists. They work in collaboration with the ensemble conductors, most of whom are New Haven Public School music teachers.
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2017-18 Schedules Coming Soon
The All-City Honors Band was founded in spring 2011, under the baton of Dr. Thomas C. Duffy, Director of Yale Bands. A collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, the Band is open for audition to all NHPS students in 5th-12th grades who play brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Participants are expected to maintain membership in their schools’ music ensembles as well, if available.
The All-City Honors Band rehearses weekly from late October through May at Wilbur Cross HS in New Haven. The season culminates with several public concerts in Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music. Membership in the group comprises musicians from schools throughout New Haven, who are admitted to the Band based on auditions in October each year.
The All-City Honors Chorus was founded in spring 2010, under the direction of Jonathan Berryman. A collaboration between the Yale School of Music, the Yale Glee Club, and the New Haven Public Schools, the Chorus is open for audition to all NHPS students in 4th-12th grades. Participants are expected to maintain membership in their schools’ chorus as well, if available.
The All-City Honors Chorus rehearses and performs throughout the academic year. The ACHE choruses perform yearly concerts at the Yale Glee Club/NHPS High School Choral Festival, as well as a variety of NHPS and Yale School of Music venues. Membership in the group comprises singers from schools throughout New Haven, who are admitted to the Chorus based on audition.
The All-City Honors Orchestra played its first season in spring 2013, under the direction of Netta Hadari, YSM alumnus and teacher at Music Haven. NHPS music teacher Natalie Jimenez will lead the 2015-2016 season. The Orchestra is a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, in partnership with Music Haven, Neighborhood Music School, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Auditions for the Orchestra are open to all NHPS students in 4th-12th grades who play violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Participants are expected to maintain membership in their schools’ orchestra as well, if available.
The Orchestra rehearses weekly from late October through May at Wilbur Cross HS in New Haven, and performs in several concerts throughout the year at NHPS and Yale venues. Recent seasons featured a number of guest teachers, including William Boughton, Music Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and YSM Teaching Artists.