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Tina Lee Hadari ’04MM to discuss chamber music as public service

Chamber Music as Public Service: A String Quartet as a Vehicle For Social Change
January 25, 2010

Tina Lee Hadari, a graduate of the School of Music and the founder of Music Haven, will be the featured guest speaker at the next Community Engagement Think Tank on Saturday, February 6. Music Haven is a nonprofit organization that anchors a string quartet to the urban neighborhoods of New Haven. Its resident ensemble, the Haven String Quartet, teaches tuition-free after-school string lessons to 48 youth in high-poverty neighborhoods and performs in both traditional and non-traditional venues throughout Connecticut.

This year, the Yale School of Music examines the role of community engagement in the life of professional musicians. To encourage School of Music students to explore the role of community engagement in their careers, and to identify and promote good practices in this field, the School has inaugurated a series of Saturday Seminars. Each session combines a presentation by a visiting expert with a discussion among students on topical issues affecting the field of classical music.

As the event description notes: Venezuela’s El Sistema is all the rage these days. The time is ripe in the U.S. for people to start thinking seriously about the ideas of how music education intersects with social transformation. As community-focused musicians, we cannot help but be thrilled, inspired, and grateful for all the recent attention given to music and its power to change an entire country’s social system.

But as conservatory-trained musicians for whom performance is such an integral part of our lives, how do we fit into this paradigm? Is there a place for us as accomplished performers? If we are to become a resource for our communities in this way, will we be expected to set down our instruments and teach the rudiments of how to play “Twinkle” day in and day out? As Robert Capanna mentions in his Think Tank, “will we be expected to roll around with three year olds all day long?” Does that leave us any time for us to hone our craft and fulfill our need to perform and communicate from the stage? Is there a way for us to address the needs of our communities, while integrating our love for performance with the need to educate the next generation?

Tina Lee Hadari, the founder and Executive Director of Music Haven, will explore these topics by introducing the history and philosophy behind Music Haven, discussing the ideas surrounding music and social transformation, and considering the ways in which performing musicians can serve as community resources. She will also discuss the needs and challenges of starting a brand-new project or organization from the ground up.

For more information about the event, go HERE.

about Tina Lee Hadari

Music Haven

Violinist Tina Lee Hadari performed to critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician in halls worldwide. A prizewinner at the Fischoff, Plowman, and Chesapeake Chamber Music Competitions, Tina has cultivated a deep passion for chamber music. In 2006, convinced that chamber music and professional musicians could be integrated more fully into a community, she founded Music Haven, a nonprofit organization that anchors a string quartet to the urban neighborhoods of New Haven. The Haven String Quartet, resident ensemble of Music Haven, rehearses daily in community space, teaches tuition-free after-school string lessons to 48 youth in high-poverty neighborhoods, and performs in traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the state.

Tina began studying violin in the public schools in Indiana at the age of nine, four years after immigrating there from Seoul, Korea. Completing her undergraduate studies under a joint double-degree program with the New England Conservatory and Tufts University, she received a B.M. in Violin Performance and a B.S. in Biology. She earned her Masters degree at the Yale School of Music in 2004 and completed her doctoral degree in 2008 at the University of Colorado, while working with the Takacs Quartet as part of the graduate quartet-in-residence. She has served on the faculties of Opus 118 in New York, Boulder Suzuki Strings, and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Center. Currently she is the executive director and resident violinist of Music Haven and also coaches chamber music at the Neighborhood Music School.