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. 


Music Haven incorporated as a 501c3 organization



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



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.


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



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



  • Music Haven moves to a new home in Erector Square, with teachers’ studios, practice and rehearsal rooms, a performance space, and a student study lounge.
  • Introduction of our “Discovery Orchestra” program, a 3-day-per-week intensive beginner group for 7-9 year-olds. 


Music Haven celebrates our first full cohort of graduates—7 long-time Music Haven students, who, upon graduation, had spent an average of 7 years in our program (and a total of more than 50 years of lessons, mentoring, group classes, ensembles, and concerts and recitals!)


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.