The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) recently awarded its Outstanding Class Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Award to the Yale College Class of 1957.
In its citation, AYA praised the Class "for conceiving and funding the Class of ’57 Music Endowment to enable Yale to share its resources in support of music education for urban public school children." Much of this activity has taken place in close collaboration with the School of Music.
The School of Music has long supported arts education programs in the New Haven Public Schools. These efforts were confirmed and enhanced with the establishment of the Music in Schools Initiative in 2007, thanks to the generous contribution of the 50th reunion class gift by the Yale College Class of 1957.
In recognition of the value of music and arts education in the public schools, these visionary Yale alumni established an endowment to ensure the continuing development of music programs in New Haven.
The endowment identifies three main responsibilities for the School of Music:
- To provide programs in New Haven Public Schools that complement the work of full-time music teachers
- To host a biennial symposium for teachers in public schools from around the United States
- To host visiting professors to work in music education and train School of Music students and New Haven Public School teachers
The School of Music congratulates the Class of 1957 on this award.
Learn more about the Music in Schools Initiative HERE.