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Friday, May 4
6 pm in the NMS Recital Hall

Join us for a fun sing-a-long about a fearless optimist named Anna, who teams up with a rugged mountain man, Kristoff. Together, with his loyal reindeer, Sven, they set off on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

Doors open at 6:00 pm, movie starts at 6:30 in the NMS Recital Hall. Come in your favorite costume or your pjs! Pizza and water will be sold, or feel free to bring your own picnic. Free and open to the public!

Please RSVP here or call 203-624-5189.

Renee B. Fisher Competition Winners Recital

Saturday, May 5, 7:30 pm
NMS Recital Hall

NMS invited you to join us for The Forty-First Annual Renee B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists Winners Concert and Awards Presentation. Free and open to the public, reception to follow concert.

Congratulations to the following winners of the Renee B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists


  • Commissioned Work: Seorin Kim (Sylvia Chambless)
  • Honorable Mention: Hudson Shi (Elaine Silbereis)
  • 3rd Prize: Catherine Xie (Jiayin Li)
  • 2nd Prize (tie): Jasmine Xi (Sima Brodsky)i & Jason Nguyen (Malgosia Lis)
  • 1st Prize: Julia Zheng (Sima Brodsky)


  • Commissioned Work: Harris Andersen (Rebecca Raffaelli)
  • 3rd Prize: Lisha Jing (Sylvia Chambless)
  • 2nd Prize : Kelly Zheng (Sima Brodsky)
  • 1st Prize: Harris Andersen (Rebecca Raffaelli)


Lisa Moore, Eric Trudel, Charis Dimaris


Fall Free For All
September 18 – 30,
The Whitney-Audubon Retail and Arts district held its second annual Fall Free For All. Two weeks of free family fun activities, including September 23rd’s event day which held a bunch of exciting outdoor activities. This event is made possible with the support and cooperation of the following organizations: Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Creative Arts Workshop, ACES Educational Center for the Arts, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven Ballet, Town Green Special Services District and Yale University Properties/Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District.
Learn more about Fall Free For All here.

Twilight Tuesdays
July 25 –Tenor and Bass: The evening kicks off with The Mimosa Steel Pan Quartet – featuring Sarah Heath, tenor pan; Debby Teason, double seconds; Carl Testa, bass; Joe Murfin, percussion; and guest Michael Bergman, udu. The group performs upbeat familiar favorites, from both the tropics and the mainland. A totally different kind of “Tenor & Bass” performance follows, with the virtuosic talents of Daniel Juarez, tenor, and Andrew Potter, bass, who will perform operatic arias and duets with pianist Alexis Zingale.

August 1 – Black Art Jazz Collective: This band has been called “a cross-section of Jazz’s leading voices,” and it is dedicated to celebrating cultural and political icons, as well as preserving the historical significance of African Americans in Jazz. Much of their music is inspired by these well-known icons. This all-star ensemble features: Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Wayne Escoffery, saxophone; James Burton III, trombone; Victor Gould, piano; Rashaan Carter, bass; and Darrell Green, drums.

Faculty Concert Series
MUSICAL AMERICANAA Veteran’s Day Tribute
Friday, November 10   –  7:30 pm
Harmonia V Wind Quintet Works include “Three American Perennials” by Rick Sowash and “Crescent City Suite” by Chris Brubeck. Jennifer Berman, flute (guest); Janet Rosen, oboe (faculty); Jim Forgey, clarinet (guest); Robert Hoyle, French horn (guest); Sue Zoellner-Cross, bassoon (faculty). Gary Harger, voice & David Bell, piano Cabaret-style reflections featuring songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Marvin Hamlisch,  Rodgers and Hammerstein and others.Phil Rosenthal Nationally renowned singer, songwriter and recording artist Phil Rosenthal performs familiar folk songs of  Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger accompanied by guitar, banjo or mandolin.

Friday, December 8 –  7:30 pm
This concert celebrates the 250th anniversary of Georg Philip Telemann’s death (1685-1767).  Here’s a glimpse as to why Telemann was considered the most famous of all Baroque composers in his time. This program includes fantasias, sonatas, a seasonal cantata and a sprinkling of works by other Baroque composers. Featuring Rosalind Morley (violas da gamba); Sarah Reed, soprano; Hideki Yamaya (gallichon/lute); Lawrence Zukof (recorders).

Two Plus Two
Friday, February 23 – 7 pm
20th Century Works for Flute & Guitar: Featuring Elaine Thoma, flute and Neal Fitzpatrick, guitar. Works by J. Duarte and Maximo Pujol.
DoSo Freestyle Duets: Featuring David Mills, electric guitar; Istvan B’Racz, piano; Patrick Smith, vibraphone; and Ben Dean, electric violin.

A Raft of Wings: The NMS Concert for Human Rights
Fri., March 9, 2018 – 7:00 pm FREE

Co-presented by Pete DiGennaro and Dr. Jennifer Klein, this concert celebrates the power of cultural practices to overcome fear, unveil truth, and liberate hope. Artists from the NMS faculty, from the Hartford / New Haven Arts Communities, and from Cape Verde and Tanzania (via Skype) will perform separately and together, to honor our shared humanity. Amnesty International, Nasty Women New Haven, NYU’s Department of Arts Politics, and IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services) will be on hand to share their work and opportunities with everyone, as well.

Peter DiGennaro – musician/writer/activist – New Haven, CT – A New Heroism: International Human Rights and Peace Education/Neighborhood Music School
Dr. Jennifer Klein – scholar – Women’s Rights, Labor Rights – New Haven, CT – Yale University
The Neighborhood Music School Pre-School – visual art/awesomeness – New Haven, CT – Neighborhood Music School
Aaron Jafferis – poet/playwrite/spoken word – New Haven, CT – The Word
Rachna Ramya – dancer – North India, Hartford, CT – Wesleyan University
To Tavares – musician – Pria, Cape Verde, Africa – Pentagram/Cala-Grande, LDA
New Haven Resistance Choir – vocals – New Haven, CT
Suzanne Sepe – dancer – New Haven, CT – Assertive Super You and Neighborhood Music School
Amelia Ellis – musician/activist – Torrington, CT

“It’s Your Lucky Day”
Fri., April 13, 2018 – 7:00 pm FREE
NMS Faculty Ragtime Ensemble: Chris Radawiec, flute; Reesa Gringorten, clarinet; Gretchen Frazier, violin; Ravenna Michalsen, cello; Joe McWilliams, piano; and Art Hovey, tuba. Works by Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, Jelly Roll Morton and Turk Murphy.

sFOURzando – 8 Hand piano, featuring Vicky Reeve, Margaret Ann Martin, Laura Richling, and guest George Melillo. Works include Burlesque by Brian Chapple.

Holiday Play/Sing-In!
Saturday, December 16, 10 – 11:30 am
Join us for this joyful NMS community tradition for students and parents from all studios. Families and friends are welcome to come & sing. Pick up a music packet at the front desk! Come 15 minutes before to tune with NMS Faculty Member Tina Hadair.

Family Movie Night! – Moana
Friday, February 9, 6:00 pm in the NMS Recital Hall.
Get ready to sing along as we enjoy an epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. Come in your favorite costume or your pjs! Pizza and water will be sold, or feel free to bring your own picnic. Doors open at 6:00 pm, movie starts at 6:30. Blankets will be provided for sitting on the floor.

Matching Wine, Music and Friends!
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm
NMS board members, friends and donors joined us for our annual wine-tasting event! Internationally acclaimed cellist and NMS faculty member Rebecca Patterson, principal cellist for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, presented a beautiful program inspired by folk traditions from around the world and was joined by cellist Ravenna Michalsen and pianist Alexis Zingale. A sommelier paired these musical selections with fine wines, accompanied by cheese and charcuterie. This event helped us raise funds for financial aid students in our popular After-School Arts Academy! Click here to watch a clip of our wonderful Philanthropic Partnerships Associate, and the nights Master of Ceremonies, Aaron Sorensen’s surprise performance to close the event.