The 2012 Morse Summer Music Academy will present its final concert on Thursday, August 16. The event will recognize the 75 Morse Fellows for their hard work throughout the program. These New Haven Public School students have participated in an intensive study of music for four weeks.
The concert takes place at 4:15pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street), and admission is free.
Anticipating the concert, Associate Dean Michael Yaffe said that audiences “will be amazed at the quality of the students’ music-making.” After attending a Morse Academy recital on August 7, NHPS Music Department Facilitator Ellen Maust said, “Yesterday’s recital was incredible; I’m sure next week’s closing concert will be unforgettable.”
The Morse Summer Music Academy includes courses in hearing, conducting, and urban music; orchestral, chamber, and jazz ensembles; and private music lessons. This year’s Fellows were selected in the spring based on an application, an essay, and an audition. In addition to being musically accomplished, Morse Fellows must display enthusiasm as well as the ability to undergo an intensive music instruction program; they must earn at least a “B” average on their NHPS report card.
The Morse Summer Music Academy is made possible through a generous endowment established by Enid and Lester Morse (’51BA) and is offered completely free to students in the New Haven Public School.
The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Street parking is available, and there is free parking after 4:00 pm in Yale Lot 51 on Temple Street (entrance between Wall and Elm Streets).