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Special Thanks

These programs are made possible by an endowment established by Mr. & Mrs. Lester Morse, Yale College ’51.

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Morse Summer Music Academy

The Morse Summer Music Academy is an intensive program offered by the Yale Music in Schools Initiative for both New Haven students and Yale graduate Teaching Artists. For four weeks each summer, more than 100 New Haven Public School students convene daily at Yale for 5 hours of intensive classes, rehearsals, and lessons. One of the hallmarks of the Academy is its numerous performance opportunities: over four weeks, Morse students participate in over thirty concerts across Yale’s campus and the New Haven community.

All instruction is given by Yale School of Music graduate Teaching Artists, alumni, and faculty, as well as NHPS music teachers and Yale music affiliates. The model of mentoring is most in exhibit at Morse as graduate students serve as mentors to all the students, while high school junior and seniors are placed in positions that allow them to mentor younger students. Instruction is also provided by NHPS music teachers, YSM faculty members, and special guests.

Because of this close daily interaction, Morse Academy provides students with opportunities for growth in musicianship, technique, and personal achievement. New Haven students from the Morse Academy return to their home schools as musical leaders who can have a positive influence on the music programs there.

During the Academy, students may participate in:

  • large ensembles
  • sectional rehearsals
  • private lessons
  • chamber music
  • formal and informal recitals
  • semi-weekly “pop-up” chamber music concerts
  • field trips to local galleries and museums
  • a field trip to the Norfolk Summer Music Festival

Program Details

The 2019 Morse Academy takes place Monday, July 8 – Friday, August 2, 2019.

Family and friends are invited to attend concerts throughout the week.  The Academy takes place at various locations on Yale’s campus, including the Adams Center for Musical Arts and Sprague Hall.


Application and Audition


Parental Involvement

Because family commitment and enthusiasm are such crucial components in children’s development as musicians, parent/guardian involvement in the Morse Academy is required.

Year-Long Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the Academy have musical opportunities throughout the academic year. These opportunities include participation in All-City Honors Ensembles as well as special invitations to Yale School of Music and professional performances. Please note that the choir students accepted to Morse Chorale should commit for a year long participation in the ensemble beginning on July 9th 2018 and ending on June 1st, 2019.


The Morse Summer Music Academy is made possible through a generous endowment established by Enid and Lester Morse, Yale College ’51, and is offered free of charge to New Haven Public School students. The first Academy took place in summer 2010 with 42 participants from 10 schools; in 2015, 134 students participated representing 27 schools.

Questions: please contact the Morse Summer Music Academy.