The Yale/New Haven All-City Honors Band completed its second season on Tuesday, May 8 with a 7pm concert in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The program featured pieces by Yale School of Music faculty composers Thomas C. Duffy and Christopher Theofanidis, among others. As conductor, Duffy was assisted by New Haven Public School teachers Olivia Malin ’07MM, Daniel Kinsman, Mindy Hartfiel, and Matthew Fried ’08MM.
Watch highlights from the concert in this video:
Addressing the students’ parents, Associate Dean Michael Yaffe said, “Tell everyone you know about what music has done to help your children. In this difficult education world, the arts need to be an important part of the solution. If any education leader or politician saw this concert, it would help to dispel the idea that education reform is only about reading and math. They are both important, but the music-making by these children shows the importance of creativity and emotion in the well-rounded education of our youngsters.”
A collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, the All-City Honors Band was founded in the spring of 2011 under the baton of Duffy, who is the director of Yale Bands. The Band hosts open auditions each January for NHPS students in the 6th-12th grades who play brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Students continue to play in their school bands, and the All-City Band gives these talented young musicians the opportunity to participate in an honors-level ensemble.