Superintendent’s Memo No. 326-14

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

December 12, 2014

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Public Schools

The Yale School of Music extends an invitation to Virginia’s music teachers to participate in a Symposium at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 4-7, 2015.  The Symposium will honor thirty-five music education partnership programs from throughout the United States for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.  Over the course of four days, two representatives from each partnership will participate in a variety of discussions and workshops, culminating with the presentation of seventy YALE DISTINGUISHED MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARDS at the closing banquet.

Award recipients will be based in part on the following considerations:

Music education teacher nominations must be submitted at by February 13, 2015.  Applications will be reviewed by a panel of music professionals, and those teachers selected will be notified by March 9, 2015.  Award recipients will be invited to attend the Symposium on Music in Schools with all expenses assumed by the Yale School of Music.

For additional program information about the 2015 Yale Symposium on Music in Public Schools, please contact the Yale School of Music at; or Cheryle C. Gardner, principal specialist of fine arts, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at or by telephone at 804-225-2881.