On Thursday, the President Michel Martelly, accompanied by Ms. Josette Darguste, the acting Minister of Culture, participated in Pandiassou (Hinche), at the ceremony of presentation of the first components of the Orchestra of the National Music Institute of Haiti (INAMUH). Read more here!
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Recently, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas announced their Carribean tour of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. Haitian youth were encouraged to audition. The YOA Orchestra of the Americas is a Pan-American symphony orchestra of 100 musical leaders, ages 18-30 from 25 countries of the Western Hemisphere. At the invitation of the Ministry of Culture, during the YOA Caribbean tour, YOA will spend 6 days in Haiti (July 16-July 20, 2014) to mentor local youths, train teachers and perform side-by-side concerts.
This holiday season Haitian music schools spread joy and peace throughout their country by sharing the gift of music. Enjoy these photos from some of their Holiday Concerts!
What if this year you gave holiday gifts that made a difference? Gifts whose shelf-life would live for years and years, and enrich the lives of people in need? Join year 2 of our "Give the Gift of Music Education" holiday giving campaign by making a tax-deductible donation in the name of someone you love. Not sure what to get your sibling? Make a donation in their name, and you can choose between three custom thank you cards to print, personalize and put in their holiday card. Follow this link to donate easily online: http://www.blumehaiti.org/donate.html
Our friends over at Bel Son Productions created this short video for us a few months back and we forgot to post it to the website. Thank you Singing for Change for your support!
Ambassadors Music Institute (so called as its participants are called to be "ambassadors" of Jesus) has always had a special place in my heart. Located in middle-class Croix-des-Bouquets, its student population nonetheless is overwhelmingly composed of students accepted despite the fact their families can't afford tuition. If only US music schools could match that commitment to access regardless of economic circumstances! In fact, about one third of the students don't have families....click here to read the full entry!
Cap Haitian is a city of deep history and wonderful beauty on Haiti’s northern coast. The city sits on the beautiful Caribbean sea and is surrounded by a dramatic backdrop of mountains inland. Although I had traveled to Haiti multiple times before this summer, this was my first visit to the country’s northern region and my first experience with the wonderful music school located in Cap Haitian...read more here