The annual Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition, held May 20–22, 2014 in Morse Recital Hall, awarded prizes to eleven public school music students. The competition, a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the New Haven Public Schools, offers NHPS students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and compete against their peers. Students are nominated by their school music teachers. The competition is part of the Music in Schools Initiative.
Each age group — 4th–6th grades, 7th–8th grades, and 9th–12th grades — competes on a different night. The two younger age groups include students who play percussion, string, brass, and woodwind instruments. The high school level of the Solo Competition is open to voice students as well as instrumentalists.
The top three performers in each age group, as well as two Honorable Mentions in the 7th-8th grade age group, were awarded prizes, including tickets to a future concert at the School of Music.
The 2014 winners of the Yale/New Haven Young Artists Solo Competition are:
1st: Jonathan Moore, cello – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School
2nd: Joseline Tlacomulco, clarinet – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School
3rd: Jesús Cortés-Sanchez, clarinet – Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School
Judges: Janna Baty, Yale School of Music; Robert Blocker, Yale School of Music; Michael Yaffe, Yale School of Music
1st: Maggie Guarino-Trier, flute – Edgewood School
2nd: Alexander Coman, clarinet – Worthington Hooker School
3rd: Noel Mitchell, violin – Truman School
Honorable Mention: Brian Burt, violin – Betsy Ross Arts School
Honorable Mention: Bryan Carrera, tuba – Worthington Hooker School
Judges: Jeffrey Douma, Yale Glee Club; Wendy Sharp, Yale School of Music; Larry Zukof, Neighborhood Music School
1st: Lihame Arouna, violin – John C. Daniels School
2nd: Isabel Melchinger, cello – John C. Daniels School
3rd: Troyadriea Young, flute – Augusta Lewis Troup School
Judges: Laura Adam, New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Parker, Yale School of Music; William Purvis, Yale School of Music