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Symposium on Music in Schools to reward partnerships June 2015

The Music in Schools Initiative is proud to announce the 2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Schools and Yale Distinguished Music Educators Awards. This year’s Symposium will be held June 4–7, 2015 at Yale University.

This year, the focus of these two activities is on partnership programs between public school music programs and professional music organizations. With support from an endowment established by the Yale College Class of 1957, the 2015 Symposium will honor thirty-five music education partnership programs from throughout the United States for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.

Over the course of four days, two representatives from each partnership will participate in a variety of discussions and workshops, culminating with the presentation of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Awards at the closing banquet. 


The School of Music is now seeking applications for the Symposium from public school music programs and professional music organizations who partner to create a sustainable and significant program(s) that provide youngsters with comprehensive music activities. Applications will be accepted until February 13, 2015.

Thirty-five partnerships will be selected to attend the Symposium and Awards Ceremony in June. Two representatives from each partnership will come to New Haven, all expenses paid, to receive their awards and participate in the symposium.

The Symposium will have two days of strategic discussion about educational partnerships, led by keynote speakers Sebastian Ruth, David Lang, and Joanne Lipman, with many opportunities to share best practices and create new models. On the final evening, we will celebrate the selected partnerships by awarding the Yale Distinguished Music Educators Awards to the two representatives from each partnership.