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Morse Summer Music Academy 2013 students perform winter concert

Looking back at 2013 Morse Academy, looking ahead to 2014 Morse Academy
February 24, 2014

IMG_7841 (1)On Friday, Jan 31, New Haven Public School students, their families, and YSM Teaching Artists from the 2013 Morse Summer Music Academy reunited on the Yale campus for a concert and workshop. Also in attendance were the benefactors of the program, Mrs. and Mr. Lester Morse ’51 BA, who were very happy to see the students’ continued work.

The concert, formatted much like the semiweekly Morse Academy concerts, featured students giving a brief speech about their selection before playing, and receiving a short onstage coaching by a teaching artist afterward. Ensemble performances included a flute trio, a clarinet quartet, a brass quintet, and a string quartet. The four high school seniors attending — Katherine Roque, Jocelyn Hernandez, Jesus Cortes, and Richard Romero, who have all been in MISI programs for many years and are now applying to college Music Education programs — also gave moving solo performances, as well as updates on their college applications.

IMG_7825 (1)Lead Teacher Rubén Rodríguez also took the opportunity to announce to the students and families the changes to the program’s time and location, shifted because of the renovation of Hendrie Hall beginning this summer. This year’s Morse Academy will take place in July instead of August, and classes will take place in nearby Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School as well as Sprague Hall.

The Morse Summer Music Academy is an annual summer program of the Music in Schools Initiative, to provide four weeks of intensive music instruction to 80 gifted New Haven Public School student musicians at no cost to them. Full information and applications for the 2014 Morse Summer Music Academy will be available in mid-March.