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Yale/New Haven Young Artist Solo Competition

Winners of the 2008 Yale/New Haven Young Artist Solo Competition

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the second annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2009, beginning at 11:00 am, at Yale University's Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Each New Haven K-8 school may choose up to three students to compete.  The competition is open to students in fourth through eighth grades who play percussion (not piano), strings, woodwinds, and brass.

Six cash prizes will be awarded. The judges will include Robert Blocker, the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music, Yale University; William Boughton, music director of the New Haven Symphony Music; Larry Zukof, director of the Neighborhood Music School; Anna Brathwaite, orchestra director at Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School; and Wing Ho, the Yale Class of ’57 Visiting Professor of Music Education.

Last year’s Solo Competition winners were:
First Prize Kevin Lopez, Clarinet (John C. Daniels School of International Communication)
Second Prize Andrew Suzuki, Euphonium (Worthington Hooker School)
Third Prize Annakate Schatz, Clarinet (Edgewood Magnet School)
Fourth Prize Cristina Rodriguez, Flute (Vincent E. Mauro School)
Fifth Prize Tyron Pouncey, Trombone (John S. Martinez School)

The competition is open to the public, and admission is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music’s new website,, or call 203 432-4158.


Date/time:  Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 11:00 am
Venue:  Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall • 470 College Street, New Haven
Tickets:  Admission free
Phone:  203 432-4158
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