This summer, during a Morse Summer Music Academy concert, the Music in Schools Initiative awarded three students with brand-new instruments in honor of their hard work and dedication to the program. The instruments were paid for by the newly-established John Miller Instrument Fund.
The three students who received instruments this year are all from Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven:
Katherine Roque, flute
Jocelyn Hernandez, clarinet
Jesús Cortés, clarinet
These students began their studies in music with John Miller at John C. Daniels School and have continued participating in Music in Schools programs through high school. They are all planning to major or minor in music or music education in college, and may use the instruments through college as long as they stay involved in music. When they finish college, the instruments are officially transferred to their ownership.
The John Miller Instrument Fund was created to honor the memory of John Miller, who served as the manager of Music in Schools Initiative from 2006 to 2011. The fund was designed to provide better instruments for deserving instrumental performers from the New Haven Public Schools, who have participated in the Music in Schools Initiative and the Morse Summer Music Academy.