“Such a lovely, happy place”

When her son, James, displayed an uncanny talent for playing violin at just five years old, Virginia Sharene Solomon wanted to do everything possible to help him follow his passion, although she knew music lessons would be expensive. Luckily, James’s school music teacher recommended that he apply for financial aid at NMS. Virginia decided it was a can’t-miss opportunity and he began taking lessons, eventually …

CT Bach Festival

Neighborhood Music School would like to congratulate our students for, their teachers and the Festival Coordinators: Elaine Silbereis, Laura Richling, Victoria Reeve for participating in this past weekends CT Bach Festival. A special shout out to Harris A. (pictured with other winners), student of Rebecca Raffaelli, who took 3rd place in the Youth Division. Bravo! to all participants listed below …

Looking Out for Lea

For NMS parents Christa and Mike Doran, the unimaginable became reality this past August when their six-year-old daughter Lea, a former NMS preschool student, was diagnosed with a high-grade diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare and inoperable brain tumor. Approximately 300 children are diagnosed with DIPG in the United States each year, usually between the ages of 5 and …

Welcome (back) to NMS, from Executive Director Dan Gurvich

Welcome (back) to NMS!!! Whether you’ve been coming here for decades, or you’re just embarking on your journey, we’re so glad that you have chosen to take part in our unique learning community. We love to see the hallways at 100 Audubon bustling with students, families and faculty once again! What’s new at NMS as we kick off another academic …

The Haitian Youth Choir and Chamber Ensemble with the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra

The Haitian Youth Choir and Chamber Ensemble with the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra, Oct. 4, 7 pm, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, New Haven. Conductor Jean-Bernard Desinat will perform a free concert showcasing Haiti’s rich musical traditions.The 30-voice choir of boys and girls will be accompanied by a seven-piece ensemble from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, performing choral and instrumental works of Haitian …

A Look At Jazz I Law, Life & Culture

Our very own Director of Programs, Noah Bloom and Jazz Department Chair, Jesse Hameen II were interviewed by Betsy Kim last week on her show Law, Life & Culture. Check out the interview below!

Announcing Auditions for the Greater New Haven Youth Ensembles 2017-18 Season

Audition for the Greater New Haven Youth Ensembles! Join us this year and play with other high-achieving students, explore celebrated classical pieces and develop crucial performance skills; have an unforgettable creative experience; perform in Yale’s Battell Chapel and in the Greater New Haven community; and make lifelong friends along the way. Auditions for the upcoming season will take place: Mon., …

Neighborhood Notice! June Events!

A list of all studio, student and faculty recitals throughout the month of June. All free and open to the public!  Recitals!    Schoolwide Recital – Thu., June 1 – 7:30 pm Cabaret Recital With Anne Tofflemire – Fri., June 2 – 7 pm Schoolwide Recital – Sat., June 3 – 3:30 pm R. Patterson Recital – Sat., June 3 …

Fund for New Refugees

Neighborhood Music School is pleased to announce the establishment of a new endowment fund, the “Welcome to the Neighborhood Fund for New Refugees,” which will support arts education opportunities at NMS for refugee families settled in the greater New Haven region. The fund will also encourage refugee musicians to perform and offer instruction in traditional music from their countries of …

Once a Student, Now a Teacher

Faculty member Rebecca Raffaelli says that hearing from former students is a wonderful perk of her job teaching piano here at NMS. She remembers her student Megan Prescott-Ezickson as a, kind, eager and undaunted musician, soaking up knowledge every chance she got and accepting challenges without hesitation. “I remember her humility and her open-mindedness,” Rebecca says. “And she was always …