Today was the first day of school for fifty-one young musicians in the Morse Summer Music Academy. Now in its second year, the Morse Academy at the Yale School of Music offers intensive music instruction for students in grades 5 through 11 in the New Haven Public Schools.
The 2011 Morse Academy runs from July 25 to August 19. For those four weeks, students meet five days a week, at least four hours a day – more music than most have ever done before.
Students who successfully complete the Academy will have musical opportunities throughout the academic year. These opportunities may include master classes, private lessons, and attendance at Yale School of Music performances.
Participants in the Morse Academy are selected not only for their musical accomplishment but for their enthusiasm and ability to commit to an intensive program. They must also have at least a B average in school. The program is open to students in grades 5 through 11 who play woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, or piano.
This year, 51 students are taking part in the program. Last summer, there were 42 students from 10 schools.