MFY SCHOOL Residency/Exchange Program
SCHOOL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The School Residency programs offer music departments of local public schools the opportunity to have professional musicians coach and perform one-on-one for and with music students and their teachers, motivating the students to improved performance and strengthening the curriculum. The residencies have introduced students to classical music through various types of ensembles, in concert and in year-long programs in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Trumbull, Fairfield, Westport, Weston, and Redding. Funded largely by individual and foundation support, the program has also received grants from Chamber Music America, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission for Culture and Tourism. The support, coaching and exposure to professional ensembles helps students actualize their dreams and achieve their personal best.
MUSICAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Music for Youth firmly believes that music is the perfect means of bridging gaps between people from different communities and cultures, and a chance for students to move comfortably from their own environment into a new one by jointly tackling the task of making music together. The results have been excellent music-making, a warm relationship with the quartet, “personal best” achievement for individual members of the Musical Exchange orchestra, and a renewed commitment to their instruments for many students. Middle School string orchestras from Bridgeport and Weston rehearse and perform together throughout the year, traveling to each other’s schools, sharing music, bridging differences and uniting in the study of their instruments. In 2016 the Haven String Quartet met with students six separate days during the year, preparing for two final concerts in May. The culminating concerts in Bridgeport and Weston , attended by students, parents, and teachers from both communities, were a great success and a great recruiting tool for younger aspiring string students. Upcoming students eagerly look forward to being part of next year’s Musical Exchange Orchestra.
The students in the exchange orchestra played 2 concerts in April at both the Weston and High Middle Schools. It's an exciting day for all.
8th grade Exchange Orchestra Concert
It starts with a bus ride. Bridgeport Students travel to Weston Middle School for practice sessions and a final performance in April
Small Group Sectionals
Students spend a number of days working with the Haven Quartet who coaches and mentors students, supporting their technical and musicianship skills
Time for lunch and conversation
Students spend time sharing lunch and conversation before returning to their schools. These are experiences that "grow one's neighborhood" and community.