John Merrow to address distinguished educators at Symposium

Education journalist John Merrow will give the keynote speech at the Symposium on Music in Schools, which will take place June 9–12 at the School of Music. Merrow is the education correspondent for PBS NewsHour and the president of Learning Matters, an independent production company based in New York City. His most recent book, The Influence of Teachers, was published in February by LM Books. He blogs regularly at Taking Note.

Merrow’s talk, titled Is Harmony in Education Possible?, will be a part of the Symposium’s Awards Dinner on Friday, June 10. The dinner will feature the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award to fifty music teachers from across the country.

The biennial Symposium brings together fifty music educators from public schools in the United States who are nominated by their superintendents and selected by a panel of music professionals. In addition to receiving the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, these teachers will travel to New Haven, all expenses paid, to attend the 2011 Symposium on Music in Schools. They will be joined at the Symposium by the music teachers in the New Haven Public Schools.

“I am thrilled to be invited,” Merrow said.”I don’t think there’s any place quite like the Yale School of Music” in terms of university involvement in the public schools in its community. The mission “to honor teachers – that’s just absolutely wonderful thing that you do.” The Symposium is one branch of the Music in Schools Initiative at the School of Music, funded by the Yale College Class of 1957 as its 50th reunion class project.

One of Merrow’s concerns with today’s educational landscape is the incoherence of approaches to deep-seated, system-wide problems. In a recent blog post, he wrote: MORE

Published June 3, 2011
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Kendra James ’12MM wins Shean Strings Competition

Violist Kendra James ’12MM won the first prize in the Shean Strings Competition in Edmonton. In addition to an award of $8,000, she wins the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

She has previously soloed with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her performance with the Edmonton Symphony will be her solo debut with a professional Canadian orchestra.

James was among the six finalists selected to compete in the event, which took place May 18 through 20 at Alberta College.

“It was such a surprise and honour to place first at the Shean Competition, knowing how many remarkable musicians were competing from across Canada,” she told the Delta Optimist.

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Eleanor Kendra James began the violin at age four and changed to the viola at fourteen. Kendra was a prizewinner in the Atlantic Symphony Concerto Competition and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Competition in 2011. As the grand prizewinner of the 2010 Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Artists of Tomorrow Competition, Kendra was awarded the Howard Engelman Scholarship. Kendra also received a BC Arts Council Scholarship in 2010.

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Published June 3, 2011
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