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Special Thanks

These programs are made possible by an endowment established by Mr. & Mrs. Lester Morse, Yale College ’51.

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Morse Summer Music Academy

The Morse Summer Music Academy provides comprehensive summer music instruction for accomplished student musicians from the New Haven Public Schools. The program nurtures and develops creativity, musicianship, and musical leadership in students who are passionate about music. Parental involvement and continuing musical opportunities throughout the school year are hallmarks of the Academy. All NHPS students in 4th-11th grades who sing or play piano, woodwind, brass, string, guitar, and percussion instruments are welcome to apply.

Applicants for the Morse Summer Music Academy must exhibit musical accomplishment, enthusiasm, and work habits conducive to an intensive music instruction program, including at least a “B” average on their NHPS report card. Interested students meeting these criteria may apply online or request a paper application from their NHPS music teacher. The application deadline for 2015 is May 3.

After applying, all students interested in attending the Morse Academy must audition, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for a parent/guardian meeting. Auditions and parent/guardian meetings will be held at Wilbur Cross HS (181 Mitchell Dr, New Haven) on Saturday, May 9 & Saturday, May 16, from 9am-12pm.

Program Details

The 2015 Morse Academy will take place July 6 – 31, 2015. Students attend classes Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Parents join to attend concerts and workshops on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The Academy takes place in Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music, and Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in downtown New Haven.

During the Academy, students will participate in:

  • private lessons once a week
  • sectional rehearsals
  • ensembles
  • ear training
  • music theory
  • music technology
  • formal weekly recitals
  • field trips to galleries and museums
  • field trip to the Norfolk Summer Music Festival

All instruction is given by NHPS music teachers, Yale School of Music graduate students and alumni, and faculty from the Yale School of Music.

Parental Involvement
Because parental commitment and enthusiasm are such crucial components in children’s development as musicians, parent/guardian involvement in the Morse Academy is required. Monday and Wednesday parents’ workshops each week during the program address relevant issues for parents and guardians of gifted musicians and educate them in ways to prepare their children for future musical experiences.

Year-Long Opportunities
Students who successfully complete the Academy have musical opportunities throughout the academic year. These opportunities include master classes, private lessons, and attendance at Yale School of Music and professional performances.

The Morse Summer Music Academy is made possible through a generous endowment established by Enid and Lester Morse, Yale College ’51, and is offered free of charge to New Haven Public School students. The first Academy took place in summer 2010 with participants from 10 schools.

If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact the Morse Summer Music Academy or Lead Teacher Rubén Rodríguez.