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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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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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Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition announces winners

The annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition, held May 20–22, 2014 in Morse Recital Hall, awarded prizes to eleven public school music students. The competition, a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, offers NHPS students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and compete against their peers. Students are nominated by their school music teachers. The competition is part of the Music in Schools Initiative.

9th-12th grade winners

9th-12th grade winners

Each age group — 4th–6th grades, 7th–8th grades, and 9th–12th grades — competes on a different night. The two younger age groups include students who play percussion, string, brass, and woodwind instruments. The high school level of the Solo Competition is open to voice students as well as instrumentalists.

The top three performers in each age group, as well as two Honorable Mentions in the 7th-8th grade age group, were awarded prizes, including tickets to a future concert at the School of Music. MORE

Published June 5, 2014
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Yale/New Haven Solo Competition announces winners

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The winners in the high school division, with the judges

The annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition, held May 20–22, 2013 in Morse Recital Hall, awarded prizes to nine public school music students. The competition, a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, offers NHPS students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and compete against their peers. Students are nominated by their school music teachers. The competition is part of the Music in Schools Initiative.

Each age group — 4th–6th grades, 7th–8th grades, and 9th–12th grades — competes on a different night. The two younger age groups include students who play percussion, string, brass, and woodwind instruments. The high school level of the Solo Competition is open to voice students as well as instrumentalists.

The top three performers in each age group were awarded prizes, including tickets to a future concert at the School of Music.

The participants and judges in the middle school division

The participants and judges in the middle school division

The 2013 winners of the Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition are: MORE

Published June 13, 2013
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9th-12th grade winners, Young Artists Solo Competition

The final level of the fifth annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition took place on Wednesday, May 30 at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The Music in Schools Initiative is pleased to announce the winners of the 9th–12th grade division.

Grand Prize
Miguel Johnson, tenor saxophone, Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Second Prize
Kristina Otfinoski, violin, Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Third Prize
Pendelton King, alto saxophone, Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Praising the students on their performances, Associate Dean Michael Yaffe added, “We hope we will see many of you around the School of Music for future Music in Schools Initiative programs. For those of you about to graduate, we wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.”

Fifteen students from three New Haven Public Schools participated. The high school level of the Solo Competition is open to voice students as well as those playing percussion, string, brass, and woodwind instruments. Students must be nominated by their school in order to compete, and schools are not limited in the number of students they may nominate.

The judges for the competition were Laura Adam, of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Netta Hadari, of Music Haven; and Vincent Oneppo, of the Yale School of Music.

The 4th–6th grade level of the Solo Competition took place on May 23, and the 7th–8th grade level on May 29.

Published June 8, 2012
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Young Artists Solo Competition, 4th-6th grades

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the winners of the 4th–6th grade level of the Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition. This round of the Competition took place on Wednesday, May 23, at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.

The competition , which is part of the Music in Schools Initiative, was open to three nominees from each K-8 New Haven Public School. Sixteen students from seven schools participated.

The winners were:
Grand Prize
William Suzuki, alto saxophone, Worthington Hooker School

Second Prize
Sinead Donnelly, flute, Edgewood School

Third Prize
Faith Harris, bassoon, Augusta Lewis Troup School

The judges for the competition were William Boughton, music director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Nicholas Lewis, freelance musician and educator; and William Purvis, a member of the School of Music faculty.

Addressing the students, Purvis said, “I’m a French horn player, and when I play, sometimes I make mistakes. I know you are all thinking about the mistakes you may have made tonight, but you should focus on what you did well – because you all played with musicianship and poise.”

The final two levels of the Solo Competition will take place next week: 7th–8th grade on Tuesday, May 29, and 9th–12th grade on Wednesday, May 30. All competitions begin at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall Street), and are free and open to the public.

Published May 25, 2012
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