Click here to read about this past summer's music camp activity, our new board member Sarah Davies Breen, Haitian violinist Kenell Joseph's residency at the South Carolina Governor's School, and more!
Planning for the 2018 edition of the National Orchestra Institute is well underway with repertoire selection to be announced shortly. With help from the Cemuchca Institute of Music, our partner school in Cap Haitian, we have been able to secure a beautiful campus for the group at the Fondation Vincent, Salesiens de Don Bosco. As was the case at the first National Institute for Orchestra in Jacmel, we expect to see about 100 musicians, 5 luthiers and 3-5 arts administrators take part in this exciting event scheduled for March 25-31.
The most recent issue of our newsletter "Music Matters" has landed. Click here to read all about the success of our first ever National Orchestra Institute as well as board member Oriel Romano.
We're still reflecting on the incredible impact of the National Orchestra Institite last month. With help from members of the Utah Symphony and their Music Director Thierry Fischer, BLUME Haiti brought together 100 Haitian musicians from across the country for a one week Institute culminating in a concert. This KSL News Insight Report provides a great summary:
If you're in the Toronto area, pleas join musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a special concert to benefit BLUME Haiti. Tickets and information.
"Hearing Haiti" - Utah Symphony conductor Thierry Fischer on the upcoming National Orchestra Institute
The first-ever Haitian National Orchestra Institute is taking place this month in Jacmel, Haiti, and was born out of a partnership between BLUME Haiti and members of the Utah Symphony. Check out this article by Utah Symphony conductor Thierry Fischer.
"Outreach work is a common requirement for a modern orchestra, and I am proud to say that both of the orchestras with whom I am closely associated have a strong commitment to their local community. As music director of Utah Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor at Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, community work features regularly in our schedules and is crucial for engaging people outside the concert hall. Next week however, I will embark on something completely new. With musicians from the Utah Symphony, we will travel to Haiti to launch the Haitian National Orchestra Institute with the support of BLUME Haiti..." Click to read more!
BLUME Haiti co-founder and President Janet Anthony was featured in The Appleton Post Crescent, with a special focus on the upcoming National Orchestra Institute, first of its kind in Haiti. The institute is a collaboration with musicians from the Utah Symphony.
"APPLETON - "It started out by accident. It was a dark and snowy and cold winter's night," begins Janet Anthony, telling a story that sounds like it's headed miles away from where it's really going. "There was a little ad in Strings magazine, which is a trade publication for string players ... an ad for a cello teacher for a music festival in Port-au-Prince."I speak French ... I love to travel. I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a try."
Give it a try she did. Fast-forward more than 20 years and the Lawrence University music professor has been to Haiti every year since 1996. The impact of those trips, which grew to include more and more students and educators over the years and led to the founding of a nonprofit five years ago, has become immeasurable."
Check out the full article here!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2nd Annual Salsa in the Snow! This year's event was held at Waverly Beach in Menasha, WI and once again featured popular band Salsa Manzana and Boogie Ballroom Dance. We had a great time dancing and grooving to the music, while raising funds and awareness for music education programs in Haiti. The event also featured a robust silent auction. Thank you to all of the musicians and dancers who donated their time and talents, and thanks also to Waverly Beach for being such great hosts!
Shake off those winter blues and heat up the dance floor while raising funds for a great cause!
The 2nd Annual Salsa in the Snow event will be Sunday, Feb. 26 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Waverly Beach. This lively and inspiring evening features music from popular local band SALSA MANZANA, a group dance lesson with Boogie Ballroom Dance, a presentation about the music programs in Haiti, and a silent auction. Last year, we had over 200 people in attendance!
Get more details and purchase tickets.
We owe a huge THANK YOU to all of our supporters for making 2016 such an impactful year for BLUME Haiti. We served more young Haitian musicians than ever, launched two new summer programs (an oboe workshop and a pedagogy workshop), continued our support of string instrument repair workshops, and shipped over 2,000 lbs of musical instruments and supplies to Haiti. Our Keys for Haiti Matching Gift Challenge was also very successful- we had over 40 donors participate, with a total of $2,677 in new and increased donations given, $2,500 of which was matched by BLUME Haiti board members, which means $5,177 raised to support music education programs in Haiti. What a great way to end 2016 and ring in the new year. Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2016- we couldn't do what we do without you! We look forward to continuing to work towards our mission in the new year. Happy New Year Everyone!