Local Appleton students from Xavier High School are putting on a benefit revue for BLUME Haiti. The show celebrates music and music teachers through a series of different musical theater performances. Please come and support BLUME Haiti and these wonderful students! Get tickets here.
Click here to read our Winter Newsletter including an interview with Jose Encarnacion, the story of Haiti's first Suzuki-trained flute teacher Deborah Etienne, and a glimpse into the life of Haitian pianist, violinist and composer Christopher Ducasse.
Watch coverage ouf our recent "Salsa in the Snow" fundraiser from WBAY Channel 2 News in Appleton, WI.
Last weekend at the Salsa in the Snow Benefit Concert we auctioned off 9 beautifully-painted cellos. 8 of these were painted by High School students from Lynn Zetzman's art class at Xavier High and one was painted by local artist Jennifer Levenhagen. These cellos that could not be repaired to playable condition became canvases for a cause. Thank you for giving these instruments new life and purpose to help BLUME Haiti! (Click to read the artist statement.)
Thank you to everyone who made a year-end donation to BLUME Haiti. We received a strong response to our call to action, which makes our work even more effective knowing we have you by our side. We are excited to get 2016 of to a great start. Thank you for your support!
" We invite you to read about some of the important work BLUME Haiti is doing in our Fall newsletter. One of the features this edition is a small collection of thank you letters from scholarship recipients. Here's a sneak peak:
"Thank you for giving me a scholarship to participate in the camps that took place in Cap Haitian, Cange and in Jacmel. These camps permitted me to move closer to my future, my career. I aspire to be a professional musician to be able to transmit to young Haitians my knowledge of music. I practied a lot during these camps, especially with a trombonist named Keith Johnston. I learned so much from him – with music one is able to improve and to change a negative attitude to a positive one. With such an education we can see the world peaceful and united." ~Croichy Richardson
Click here to read the full letter and more.
BLUME Haiti Board Members Keith Johnston was recently featured in the Sacred Heart University news, and the story was picked up by the Connecticut Post.
“One of my first impressions of Haiti was on my very first night there, before camp even started. The boy choir had an impromptu concert in the darkened chapel on grounds of the campus. These kids were singing from the very depths of their soul, and the sound was transformative”
Read the full story here!
It's summer- you know what that means! Music camps are happening all across Haiti and BLUME Haiti board members have joined volunteers from around the world to teach and staff the camps. We've been posting lots of great pictures on Facebook so please like our page to keep up to date!