It started with a string quartet on a mission...

Inspired by Community MusicWorks in Providence, R.I., and Bill Strickland’s Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, P.A., Yale School of Music graduate Tina Lee Hadari founded Music Haven in 2006 in collaboration with generous individual donors in the New Haven region, a small Board of Directors, and the Vinca Quartet. 

2006

Music Haven incorporated as a 501c3 organization

 

2007

First Music Haven students enroll, approximately 20 students - some of those young musicians are still with Music Haven today!

 

2009

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presented Music Haven with a “Groundbreakers” award

 

2011 - 2015

  • Music Haven recognized as a top 50 after-school arts program in the country by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities five years in a row. 
  • Featured on National Public Radio and in the New York Times. 
  • Received four Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Recognized as a national “arts-in-education star” in Chamber Music America magazine.
 

2015

Music Haven was named a Champion in Action by Citizen’s Bank

 

2015 - 2016

Music Haven marks first major programming expansion with the introduction of Music101, an intensive 10-hour-per-week program

 

2016

Music Haven introduces new collaboration with IRIS to bring workshops and then violin lessons to new refugee children

 

Did you know?

Since our initial group of 20 students first began playing nearly a decade ago, Music Haven has grown to serve more than 80 students and their families, and has deepened and expanded programming, including workshops and performances throughout the region, and new initiatives to support our kids as they prepare for college.