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Welcome to Music Haven


So much more than music...



Music Haven empowers and connects young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance by our resident musicians in the heart of New Haven, giving all kids a chance to play.


At Music Haven, young musicians study with and are mentored by members of our resident ensemble, the Haven String Quartet, or one of our other full-time conservatory-trained professional Resident Musicians, from when they are in first, second, or third grade until they graduate from high school. At the heart of our model is the relationship between teacher and student, and the relationships between the young musicians, themselves—they learn not only from the members of the string quartet, but also from the foundations of chamber music: listening to each other, working as a team, communicating through music, and dedication and focus in service of creating something beautiful together. Through music, they build community, develop resilience and self confidence, and experience collective struggle and success.

With the Haven String Quartet at the heart of a rich and ever-expanding variety of educational programming, workshop offerings, and performances throughout the region, each of our students and his or her family is part of a vibrant community of musicians, in which he or she has the opportunity to play and learn alongside the world-class professionals who are their teachers and mentors. 


Our impact at a quick glance...


FUN FACT - 20% of our kids have been with us for more than 5 years! Many of them have been with us for 10 years, since we first began our after school lessons program.



A Timeline of our History 


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.