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, 7th-8th grades, announces winners

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the winners of the 7th–8th grade level of the Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition. This round of the Competition took place on Tuesday, May 29, at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.

Laura Adam, Education Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, commented that the “poise and confidence of the competing students was very impressive” for their age.

Addressing the students and their families, Thomas C. Duffy, Director of Yale Bands, said, “I went to Catholic school, so I didn’t start playing music until high school. These students are already way ahead of where I was musically at their age, and I became a professor and dean of music. These kids have a lot to look forward to.”

Grand Prize
Ejoel Molina, trombone, John C. Daniels School

Second Prize
Emily Adji, violin, Davis Street School

Third Prize
Yoseph Kim, clarinet, Worthington Hooker School

The judges for the competition were Laura Adam, Education Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Thomas C. Duffy, Director of the Yale University Bands; and Wendy Sharp, Professor of violin at the Yale School of Music.

Published June 1, 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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