VIDEO: New Haven Orchestra and Schools Partner for Student Learning
The New Haven Independent reports that a year later, the partnership between New Haven's Schools and Orchestra is as strong as ever. Below see a video of the NCHO performing at Fair Haven School.
The New Haven Independent writes "For young students like Williams who are just starting out, it's a chance to test the orchestral waters. Six months ago, he picked up the trombone for the first time because "it looked fun, and it felt right." Learning the basics under Fair Haven School music teacher Dan Kinsman, he caught on relatively quickly, practicing the instrument up to three hours a night. When Kinsman told students there was a chance to play Beethoven - one of the composers students were learning about in band - he jumped at the opportunity.
At first, he said, several measures in the music had left him completely stumped. But practicing helped him get to where he wanted to be - the rehearsal stage Tuesday night, in preparation for a performance Saturday. Zipping up his trombone case in Kinsman's classroom after rehearsal, he recalled practicing the short section of Beethoven's fifth symphony where students join in, a slow build that the audience knows to expect and gets surprised by anyway. He'd still been having trouble with the final few measures, he said, but thought they'd be ironed out by Saturday afternoon."