about Thelma Yellin
The Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts
5/Alef Borochov Street
The Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts was founded in 1959, and is named for the renowned Israeli cellist, Thelma Bentwich Yellin, who immigrated to Israel in the l920s from her native England. It was her dream to establish a high school that would nurture the very special needs of artistically gifted students during their high school years. After her death, Professor Eden Partosh and a number of prominent Israeli musicians and teachers, established the school in her memory.
Thelma Yellin is a national high school; its students come from all over the country to learn in an open,
supportive atmosphere whose professional staff is commited to the ideal of helping artistically gifted young people develop skills in their chosen field of specialization, while at the same time furthering their academic education. Our program offers courses in six majors: classical music, jazz, dance (classical ballet and modern dance), drama, visual arts and film. In these, the students are offered a wide variety of practical and theoretical courses at the highest standards. Our academic program is equally rich and challenging and all of our students matriculate at the end of the 12th grade and are qualified for entrance into all universities, both here and abroad.
At Thelma Yellin, we believe that students must be given the opportunity to put into practice things which they have learned in class. To that end, we have created Winter and Spring arts festivals, enabling the students to perform or exhibit their artistic achievements. We have an 80-member symphony orchestra, a?? big band, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, dance performances from the classical repertoire and original works choreographed by the students, theatre productions (such as the Broadway musicals Company, Grease,??Cabaret, The Pajama Games,??The Boys from Syracuse and others), art exhibitions, and a film festival. Both our symphony orchestra and big band travel abroad every other year to perform for international audiences. This year the big band was invited to perform at the prestigious annual convention of The International Association for Jazz Educators, which took place in New York City, and performed to wide acclaim. The symphony orchestra will tour France and Belgium, performing, among other places, at the UNESCO Auditorium in Paris. Many of our students go on to successful professional careers in their fields. To name just a few: the cellist Zvi Pressler, the clarinetist Sharon Kam, the saxophonist Eli D???Jibry, the pianist Alon Goldstein, the conductor Danny Ettinger, the comedian Shlomo Bar Abba, the actor Yehuda Levy, and the budding Hollywood starlet, Mili Avital.
Our students represent an interesting cross section of Israeli life; we have students from kibbutzim, moshavim, development towns, large cities, etc. In addition, many immigrants (both students and teachers), have been successfully integrated into our program. . In the past, as much as 15% of our student body came from such families and we continue to encourage talented young immigrants to attend our school. In this way, Thelma Yellin is truly a melting pot of Israeli society.
We have additional plans to expand our academic and artistic programs to include specially gifted students from other sectors of Israeli society: ultra-orthodox, Arabs and Druze. Such a program would, naturally, require special funding and has become part of our school???s ambitious efforts in that regard.
At Thelma Yellin we make a concerted effort to raise funds to meet the growing demands of our challenging program and its special students. It is common knowledge that studies in the arts are costly, to say the least. Nevertheless, we encourage gifted students from economically deprived backgrounds to attend our school even though their parents are hard pressed to find the necessary funds for their children's studies. Likewise, we accept gifted students with physical disabilities. For example, currently we have a very gifted blind student who lives some distance from the school. Since he is unable to use public transportation by himself he needs financial assistance for a car service. Small donations are used to fund individual scholarships for students such as those mentioned above; larger donations are needed for the necessary purchase and replacement of musical instruments, refurbishing of acoustic facilities, computers, laboratories for the sciences, workshops for sculpting, painting, photography, and so on. We continue to dream of raising sufficient funds to build a multi-purpose auditorium on the school grounds that would meet the performance and exhibition needs of all our arts departments. Student body assemblies, observing national holidays and memorial days, student council activities and parties, etc., are also an integral part of any high school program. These would also take place there. Today, with the absence of such a facility, they take place in the scourtyard, with all its limitations, especially during the many months of intense heat that make outside activities difficult, at best. Until such time as an appropriate auditorium is built, we will continue our current practice of holding all performances and exhibitions in various venues in the greater Tel Aviv area.
The Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts is located in Givatayim, at the crossroads of three cities: Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Givatayim. The school moved to its present location over 20 years ago, to a small building that was originally designed to accommodate an elementary school. It was not then, nor is it now adequately equipped to meet all of the needs of a high school specializing in academic, as well as artistic studies. Over the years, numerous additions have been made to the original building: four "temporary" caravans were constructed in the school yard to accommodate four 10th grade core classes; an additional, multi-purpose facility ("the red building") was constructed next to the original building, to house a dance studio and showers, a computer lab and a double classroom which is used for classes in theatre arts as well as small theatrical productions; a partial third storey was built on approximately one third of the original building, housing the school's library, a small auditorium with a seating capacity of 150 for in-school productions, and a single core classroom.
The result is a high school whose activities take place in three separate facilities, none of which adequately meets the school's needs.
We have only two acoustic rooms where individual students and small ensembles can practice. These don't begin to meet the needs of the many working ensembles whose playing interferes with the studies going on simultaneously in other classrooms. We have no gymnasium, and all sports activities, which take place in the school yard, likewise create a disturbance to the surrounding classrooms.
??Over the years benefactors have given generously to various projects in school: a fully equipped sound studio for recording musical arrangements and performances by music students and the 150 seat theatre workshop mentioned above are two of the most prominent.
Another priority is the completion of the third storey on the remaining two thirds of the school's original building, and replacing the four "temporary" caravans with permanent classrooms.
In addition, since the Ministry of Education has recently cut its budget severely, we have had to use some funds for teachers' salaries rather than development, making it even more imperative for us to raise funds for development.
Thelma Yellin is the only national high school in Israel which combines an ambitious artistic program with an equally challenging academic one. Many of Israel???s finest artists, in all fields, are our graduates. For over 40 years we have continuously maintained the highest standards in all areas of endeavor, despite sharp budget cuts from the Ministry of Education in recent years. We are dedicated to the continuation of everything this unique school stands for, and we need support to insure that our important work goes on without impediment.
Hello there. My name is Joseph Stenhouse. My girlfriend Wendy and I attended the Jazz ensemble last night at the JWC and just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful program. I am a musician myself and can appreciate how music tears borders down, and touches us all no matter who we are. I am not altogether sure that this is the correct email to suggest this but I will try anyway. If this is not the correct email perhaps you can give me a contact? Proposal: My company wants to donate to the Thelma Yellin Jazz Ensemble / Thelma Yellin School of the Arts by offering my services as a web developer / Software developer. I have run my own web development company for 10 years now. I just wanted to give back in any way I can because these kids really are making a difference in the world so why can’t I? My company website: www.involutionmedia.com Let me know if you are interested or whom I can contact concerning this offer. Thank you so much! Joseph StenhouseJoseph Stenhouse 07/01/13 21:20
96. Funding Question
What does it cost for a student to attend your school for each year How does an underprivileged talented student applyPhyllis Silverstein 25/06/12 23:04
Hello, I am a professional violinist, current board member at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and play with my daughters in an eclectic string trio, called Tatu Mianzi. We feature music from around the world. We will be in Israel June 15-19 of this year. Would you be interested in a free concert in the spirit of a cultural exchange for your students? Please see footage at tatumianzi.com of the trio, and visit my site, susanreed.com for more information. Looking forward to hearing from you . Cheers, SusanSusan Reed 26/03/12 17:02
Do you have any programmes for overseas students to come on exchange for one semester and how much would it cost from Sydney Australia - she could live with my cousins but we are not a rich family but I have a talented daughter for drama and music and dance she was at Newtown High School of performing arts in Sydney now at Reddam house please e mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org Chilchik 30/01/12 12:07
93. Music For Peace project
Dear Sir/Madam, my name is Maria Nemtsova. Im a pianist and a founder of the charitable project "Music-for peace" www.music-peace.com, which intended to benefit young musicians residing in conflict areas around the world. Our 2011-2012 tour will involve performances and masterclasses in your area, which is why I would like to propose a collaboration. Please allow me to briefly describe our project: Thanks to large grant from our sponsor, the Music for Peace project was able to raise enough funds to organize a massive concert tour starting in the summer of 2011 with performances and master classes in Israel, Beslan, Kosovo, Caracas, and Tunisia. Each of these locations suffers from well documented political, economic or cultural unrest. The masterclasses will be free of charge and are intended to enrich and support local young artists who may not have similar opportunities on a regular basis, as compared to their peers abroad. At the end of the tour, 2 of the brightest and most talented participants will be selected to perform concerts with Chamber Orchestras in Moscow and London, with all costs of travel and lodging covered by our sponsors, naturally. Along with the masterclasses, we will also be performing concerts in each of the 5 locations, and the proceeds of these concerts will be utilized to fund further projects as well as to compensate local individuals who can assist in the organizing these events. Would it be possible to run master-classes in your school and probably give some recitals? Currently we face the difficult task of arranging for performance space and generating publicity, and it is very important for us to find someone who can assist us in organizing these events. If you could recommend who we may contact with this offer of collaboration, I would be exceedingly grateful for your referral. Likewise, If you are interested in becoming involved, I would be very interested in possibly working together. I look forward to hearing from you, and I can call you if you prefer to discuss things by phone. (Alternatively, I can be reached at +7 916 949 44 25). Otherwise, I’m happy to keep in touch via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much for your time and attention. Musically yours, Maria NemtsovaMaria Nemtsova 01/08/11 09:23
92. נגנים לקבלת פנים בחתונה
מחפשת הרכב קטן ונחמד לקבלת פנים בחתונה מדובר במוסיקה קלה / ג'אזסוניה 27/03/11 23:16
Thinking about a stay of one year in Israel with my daughter who is 13. She sings and plays the cello and some piano. Does the school accept visiting students. She has a sound basic knowledge of written Hebrew and would pick up the language quickly. please let me know if there is a possibility. ThanksMichal Levy 15/06/10 09:50
Hello, To whom it may concern, I'd like to know if there are open Ballet or Pointe classes for people who are not students at Thelma Yellin High School. Thank you, ViankaVianka 12/06/10 11:58
89. Jazz Guitar Lessons
I am currently living in Haifa and am looking to refine my skills in jazz guitar playing; I have heard your students at Agoura Hills High School and am eager to study with a professor. Please contact me at email@example.com to arrange for potential lessons with the guitar professor.Sasha 23/11/09 00:39
87. אממ עושים עבודות בבית ספר אחרים על תלמה ילין?
כנראה שהוא באמת מפורסם. דרך אגב הוא באמת בית ספר בין לאומי?נבחן 14/01/08 13:37
2. תלמה ילין :]
אני עשיתי עבודה על הבית ספר הזה.. בית ספר מאוד מעניין :] והייתי מאוד רוצה ללמוד בו חיחי =]דינווש 18/11/06 17:31
1. תלמה ילין
אנחנו לומדים על בית הספר הזה בית ספר מאוד מעניין/// 29/10/06 17:45