This summer, during a Morse Summer Music Academy concert, the Music in Schools Initiative awarded four students with brand-new instruments in honor of their hard work and dedication to the program. The instruments were paid for by the John Miller Instrument Fund.
The four students, along with their current school enrollments, are:
Jordan Lampo, percussion (11th grade, Wilbur Cross High School)
Joseline Tlacomulco, clarinet (12th grade, Co-Op High School)
Justin Lewis, baritone saxophone (12th grade, Co-Op High School)
Richard Romero, alto saxophone (Freshman, University of New Haven)
These students have each participated in the Morse Summer Music Academy, as well as in- and after-school programs with the Music in Schools Initiative, for several years. They were selected by their teachers and coaches based on their musical promise and leadership. They may use the instruments through high school and 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.