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2007 Symposium on Music in Schools

The first Symposium on Music in Schools took place May 30 – June 1, 2007 at the Yale School of Music. Titled “Music: A Child’s Birthright”, the Symposium offered a variety of curricular workshops for music educators, a panel discussion on diverse visions for the future of music education, and a performance by pianist Emanuel Ax. Many members of the Yale College Class of 1957 attended, both to celebrate their 50th class reunion and to participate in the launch of the Music in Schools Initiative.

The awards dinner featured a performance by choral students from Co-Op Arts & Humanities High School (New Haven) and an inspiring keynote address by Roberta Guaspari, founder of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. The final panel discussion included Ms. Guaspari, as well as Clifford Madsen, Director of the Center for Music Research at Florida State University; Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School; and Wang Cizhao, President of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.

2007 Yale Distinguished Music Educators

The first class of Distinguished Music Educators represented 18 states and Washington, DC.

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Luke Abrahamson - Chandler, AZ


Tahme G. Adinolfi - Guilford, CT


Harriett Alfred - New Haven, CT


Alison Allerton - Greenwich, CT


James H. Attebery - Tucscon, AZ


Dr. Constance Barrett - Greenwich, CT


Alan Bernstein - Newport, RI


Donald G. Cooper - Easton, CT


William T. Crankshaw - Johnstown, NY


Nancy Cross - Charleston, SC


Mark Dahlberg - Fort Myers, FL


Carol M. Fonicello - Guilford, CT


Christopher Ford - Baltimore, MD


Julie Freebern - Manchester, VT


Neil Freebern - Manchester, VT


Mark Gahm - Guilford, CT


Dr. Karen Gardias - Davis, CA


Frank (Chip) Gawle - Wilton, CT


Jeb Gist - Tiburon, CA


Lynne D. Gray - Washington, DC


Elizabeth Guglielmo - New York, NY


Cheri Helmer-Riensche - Papillion, NE


Cindy Houston - Austin, TX


Julie Jaron - Springfield, MA


Dr. A. Steve Jennings - Winchester, VA


Becky Luce - Hanover, NH


Meg Madden - San Francisco, CA


Deborah Mello - Newton, NJ


Joseph H. Mello - Randolph, NJ


Joseph Oneschuk, Jr. - Wayland, MA


Ann Page - New Haven, CT


Susan Peterson - Oakland, MD


Roselinda K. Rampp - Washington, DC


Patricia M. Reiter - Virginia Beach, VA


Gina Serafin - Chappaqua, NY


Stan Serafin - Chappaqua, NY


Matthew S. Shay - Kintnersville, PA


Jonathan Sidden - Winston-Salem, NC


Steve Smith - Flower Mound, TX


Steven Thomas - Amherst, NY


Marlene Walt - Williamstown, MA


Andre Williamson - Buffalo, NY


Penny Woodward - Trumansburg, NY


Melba Irene Wright - Chicago, IL


Alla Zernitskaya - Pittsfield, MA