New Haven All-City Band makes its debut on May, plus other events
The Music in Schools Initiative, a project bringing together the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) continues to thrive in New Haven. Upcoming events include the first-ever performance by the new Yale/NHPS All-City Band, a performance by the Yale/NHPS Honors Chorus, and the Fourth Annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competitions.
The Yale/NHPS All-City Band will make its debut performance on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). The band will perform four pieces by Thomas C. Duffy, plus arrangments of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, among others. The ensemble comprises 35 students selected from eight New Haven schools. Duffy, the director of bands at Yale, is the music director. Students from the Yale School of Music teach and perform with the ensemble.
Now in its second year, the Yale/NHPS Honors Chorus will present its annual performance on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 pm, also in Morse Recital Hall. The auditioned chorus is comprised of 31 students in grades 6 through 9 from twelve New Haven Public Schools. The Honors Chorus, directed by Jonathan Berryman (the choral director at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School), is a collaborative effort between the Yale Glee Club, the Yale School of Music, Music in Schools Initiative, and the New Haven Public Schools.
This year, the Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition will expand into three divisions, organized by grade level. The competition for Grades 4–6 will take place on May 24; the event for Grades 7 and 8 will be on May 25; and students in grades 9–12 will compete on May 26. All three divisions take place in Morse Recital Hall and begin at 5 pm. Three prizes – $200, $150, and $100 – will be awarded each day.