The ECA Music Department offers high school musicians immersion in a rigorous, comprehensive music curriculum, that includes academic coursework in multiple levels of music theory, musicianship, composition, and instrumental/vocal technique, as well as experience in both small and large performing ensembles whose repertoire spans numerous genres and styles.  ECA’s unique focus on collaborative work between young musicians and practicing artists establishes a pre-professional environment that requires focus, commitment, and responsibility, and nurtures the development of technical skill and artistry.  The ECA program is enlarged and infused by partnerships with arts organizations, visiting artist programs, and performance opportunities, as well as collaborative projects with students and artists of other artistic disciplines at ECA.

To apply for Admission to the Music Department, please visit the Application Process Page and click the button below to find the requirements for your Music Review.

Music Curriculum Map

Highlights of 2014-15 Music Curriculum

Music Short Programs

Music Dept Calendar 2014-15

Music Dept Weekly Schedule 2014-15

Music Dept Faculty

Music Faculty Bios

Please enjoy the following videos highlighting the ECA Music Department:

Inside the Music

Ready for the Downbeat

Below please find links to the required materials students should prepare as part of your Music Dept. interview:

ECA Music Review

ECA's Alexa LaBaw is an NHSO Young Composer!

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra's Young Composers Program is an exciting and rare opportunity for selected high school students to study side-by-side with professional composers. A two-year program focusing on theory and composition grants these students access to NHSO musicians and one of America’s foremost composers. Students participate in group and individual lessons, compose new works, and have their pieces premiered by NHSO musicians.

Read all about Alexa's exciting progress by clicking the following link:

Please click on the following link to download a ticket order form:
Ragtime Ticket Order Form


Orchester Die Arche
German Youth Orchestra
plays Rachmaninov 2 and Dvorak 9 "From the New World"

Thursday, September 8, 2016
55 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT


Music Dept Celebrations:

9 ECA students were accepted to the CMEA All State Festival and performed at the Hartford Convention Center on April 30: Alexa LaBaw (Shelton,) Jack Riotte (Coginchaug,) Alex Coman (Guilford,) Olivia White (Meriden,) Margaux Lux (Branford,) Emma Schoetz (Newtown,) Lucas Hernandez (Hamden,) Isiah Bostic (Hamden,) Benjamin Rutherford (Old Lyme/New Haven.)


ECA Voices & Studio Singers performed at Carnegie Hall on April 11, in the Coda Concerts Music Festival. As part of the festival, students  from all participating ensembles took solo vocal coaching sessions with NYC artists. Two vocalists were chosen to perform their solos during the concert performance. The two vocalists selected for this were ECA vocalists Emma Schoetz & Alea Vernon! Emma & Alea performed their solos as part of the ECA performance set.


Benjamin Ferriby and Isiah Bostic will be recognized by the Hamden Arts Council on May 13, 2016, in the Hamden Salute to Young Artists Ceremony.


Kiet Ho was selected to be a Gates Millennium Scholar. 1,000 recipients were chosen for this prestigious scholarship, out of 50,000 applicants. The scholarship awards Kiet with full room, board, & tuition costs for both undergraduate and graduate study.


ECA student musicians have been working with ECA alumni, singer-songwriter, and contestant on The Voice, Blessing Offor, in a series of three song writing workshops this spring. These workshops are one part of the Music Department’s annual New Music Festival. The theme of this, the 10th annual festival, is ‘The Power of Two.’ Through this theme, students are exploring the creative power generated when two artists come together to create work. Students have also workshopped original pieces with percussionist Jeff Stern, and will do so again with the professional ensemble, The Passepartout Duo, on May 18. Student composers, ensembles, and professional musicians will share new works at the New Music New Sounds concert on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 pm. 


The Music Department Tuesday Talk mini-concert series will soon feature Sam Suggs, professional bassist, and also Daniel Bernard Roumain, hip-hop violinist, brought to us by the NHSO.

ECA Voices & Studio Singers perform at Carnegie Hall, April 11, 2016

ECA vocalists prepare for their Carnegie Hall performance in a workshop with Dr. Bradley Holmes




Congratulations to the following ECA students who have been selected to participate in the CMEA All-State Festival on the weekend of April 28-30 at the CT Convention Center in the Hartford Marriott!

Alex Coman of Guilford for Bb Clarinet
Alexa LaBaw of Shelton for Bassoon

Jazz Band
Jack Riotte of Region 13 for Tenor Saxophone

Isiah Bostic of Hamden - Tenor
Lucas Hernandez of Hamden - Tenor
Margaux Lux of Branford - Alto
Benjamin Rutherford of New Haven - Tenor
Emma Schoetz of Newtown - Soprano


The ECA Jazz Collective performed at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

Directed by Jeff Fuller and coached by Will Cleary & Jim Martin, our Jazz Collective Disciples of Miles ensemble 
was awarded 2nd place in their division, with a high score of 280 out of 300! (Division: S4, Small Ensemble - 1 -4 based on overall school size/enrollment.)
Jack Riotte, tenor sax, was recognized for his performance with a Judges Choice Award
In addition, four students in each division (13 ensembles in the S4 division) are awarded Musicianship Awards (3 Outstanding, 1 Superior.)  In our S4 division, two of these four awards were given to ECA students! Tyler Jenkins (drums,) & Jack Riotte (tenor sax)
Three adjudicators & Berklee faculty, Daryl Lowery, Dennis Cecere, & Jonathan Wheatley awarded scores of 91, 94, & 95 out of 100 possible points. Categories included Solos, Time, Intonation, Articulation, Balance/Blend, Dynamics, Interpretation, and Presentation/Programming. 
Comments included “Tight sounding band… rhythm section and horns interact very well… arrangements are well paced, a lot going on in them, and voicings are well-chosen...Trumpet solo had fine, good ‘outside’ vocabulary going on & good ’ well’ to his long notes - leads the ensemble effectively...good use of different timbres on the drum set…drums are crisp and authoritative, very tasty drum fill at the end...soprano sax, good feeling in the solo… tenor (sax) - you have good control of the higher notes…nice harmonic use of the horns.” 
We are very proud of their work!
Please click on the following link and scroll down to Class S4, 2nd Place to hear the Disciples of Miles 16 minute set:


Four Hamden/ECA vocalists were featured singing the National Anthem at the opening of the CT General Assembly on February 3, 2016. It is a wonderful performance!  Please view them at the following link.  The performance begins at about 3:50:

ECA Music Students accompany New Haven Ballet's
The Nutcracker

Click the followng link to see a clip of the dress rehearsal!

Please view videos from the Music Department's ‘Fall for Music' recital.  The following videos are of Candidates for the ECA Artist Certificate in Performance


Ben Ferriby



Alexa LaBaw



Isiah Bostic


Sienna Barlow



Andrew Fermo



New Haven teen sings for a change in the city and world

Please click on the following link to read the full New Haven Register article about Music Dept. student Jeremiah Brown

New Haven teen sings for a change in the city and world


Music Department students recently attended a performance of the Christian McBride Trio.  Pianist Christian Sands, an ECA alum, is all of 26 and is as spectacular a player as anyone in the jazz world today.  Students were able to meet Christian McBride and Christian Sands following the performance. 

To hear the Christian McBride Trio "Live at the Village Vanguard", please click the following link: 

Two Music Department students accepted to participate in the 2015 NAfME National Honor Choir. Isiah Bostic & Laura Christie will travel to Nashville in late October to participate.

Please click the following link to read more about their accomplishment!

NAfME National Honor Choir Press Release


Vocalist Jeremiah Brown is featured in the Sept. 3rd New Haven Independent for his work with Musical Intervention.  Read the full article at the following link:


Eleven ECA student musicians were accepted into the CT All-State Festival, and performed at the Hartford Convention Center on May 2, 2015. They are: Laura Christie (voice,) Andrew Fermo (jazz piano,) Ben Ferriby (voice,) Alexa LaBaw (bassoon,) Margaux Lux (voice,) Tyler Panek (voice,) Nathan Remillard (voice,) Laura Rosado (Marimba,) Benjamin Rutherford (voice,) Emma Schoetz (voice.)


Four of these students (Isiah Bostic, Alexa LaBaw, Tyler Panek, and Nathan Remillard,) were also accepted into the 2014 National Honor Ensembles, and performed in Nashville in October 2014.

Guest Artist Chris Brubeck!!

ECA student musicians playing with jazz trombonist, composer, and arranger Chris Brubeck. Sponsored by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Chris visited ECA to work with Jazz Ensemble and composition students.

ECA Music Students Perform with Blessing Offor at ACES Foundation GALA

Please click on the button below to see a clip of the performance:

ACES Foundation GALA Performance







Isiah Bostic, Alexa LaBaw, Tyler Panek and Nathan Remillard,

accepted into the 2014 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles

Read the full press release:  NAfME News Release