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Yale recognizes Music in Schools Initiative with Linda K. Lorimer Award

Staff members recognized "for staff excellence and distinguished service to the university"
November 3, 2015

2015.10.28 LKL AwardOn Oct. 28, President Salovey and Linda K. Lorimer presented 35 Yale staff members representing nine key initiatives with the Linda K. Lorimer Award for staff excellence and distinguished service to the university.

Salovey noted that the employees’ unique and important contributions represent the true sprit of Yale: innovation, leadership, teamwork, commitment, and exemplary service.

The staff members of the School of Music’s Music in Schools Initiative — Michael Yaffe, Rubén Rodríguez, and Kate Gonzales — received the award for their work connecting Yale with the New Haven community. The President’s citation reads:

By teaming to develop the innovative Music in Schools Program, they have reinforced Yale’s connections with the New Haven community and earned us national recognition for this model of cultural leadership.

In his letter of nomination, Dean Blocker said that –

The evolution of this venture, especially under the watchful eyes of Michael, Rubén, and Kate, has been extraordinary. And the enthusiasm, hope, and joy seen in these children and their families have united the many diverse populations of New Haven. In the closing concert of the Morse Academy this summer, Sprague Hall was almost filled to capacity with parents and friends who only two or three years earlier had not entered the campus, certainly not to see their children on an international stage.

Read the full list of 2015 Linda K. Lorimer Award winners here.


It is impossible to describe the incredible impact their work has on our New Haven Public School students. Michael, Ruben and Kate change lives every day. They are visionaries. Please come visit the program’s Saturday rehearsals, talk to a student who has a Teaching Artist as a mentor and role model, and come to the concerts! Their talent and passion to develop passion and talent in our youth is the real promise for the future of New Haven!

November 5th, 2015 | Ellen P. Maust