It's been a busy summer of music camps all across Haiti. Check out our latest blog to catch up on the highlights!
We here at BLUME Haiti have a busy summer ahead of us! In addition to a number of board members traveling to Haiti to teach in summer camps sponsored by various music programs across the country, we will be sponsoring three very special events at two of these camps:
#1 Violin Pedagogy Workshop (Cemuchca Institute of Music: June 21-July 10)
BLUME Haiti has provided scholarships to 15 violin teachers from 10 programs throughout Haiti to have an intensive violin pedagogy workshop, with Paul Manulik, founder of the Princeton String Academy. Topics will include basic setup for beginners and a guided exploration of teaching techniques for young players. We hope that this will have a dramatic impact on the level of violin teaching and playing for these programs!
#2 International Oboe Workshop (Cemuchca Institute: July 1-10; Holy Trinity Music School: July 10-25)
BLUME Haiti will co-sponsor, with Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) Haiti’s first International Oboe Workshop during summer camps at the Cemuchca Institute of Music and at the Holy Trinity Music School. With faculty from the United States and Brazil, BLUME Haiti has committed to providing scholarships enabling EVERY oboist in Haiti we can find to take advantage of this remarkable opportunity! As of early June, 14 young oboists have signed up for the workshop – we are thrilled! As part of this initiative, we have closed our GoFundMe Oboe campaign and we are delighted to report that we have been able to purchase and/or repair FOUR oboes to take to Haiti this summer. Oboes are a rarity in Haiti – this donation will enable more students in more programs to begin to learn to play this beautiful instrument. Many thanks to all who helped us on our way!
#3 Luthier Workshop (Holy Trinity Music School: July 11-25)
BLUME Haiti will partner once again with Luthiers without Borders to offer a string instrument repair workshop. Monika Gapinska and Julio Folio, who were with us last year, will be joined by Haitian luthier Garfield Hylaris, AKA Tchoupy, to train a new group of beginning luthiers and to offer an intermediate level course for those who started this important work last summer. We will offer scholarships to 15 students from 13 different programs this summer enabling most schools with string programs to have someone who can maintain their instruments in playing condition.
In addition to these workshops, BLUME Haiti will give camp scholarships to a total of 70 teachers and students from music programs throughout the country enabling them to improve their skills and meet musicians from across Haiti and from around the world. Music can bring people together, can help unlock human potential and can nourish the dreams of people everywhere!
Please consider making a donation to BLUME Haiti in any amount to support these summer programs. Click here to donate online!
From July 1-25 oboe students from across Haiti will participate in Haiti’s first International Oboe workshop. Funded by generous support from BLUME Haiti and Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), 14 young oboists will have the chance to work with faculty from the United States and Brazil. The workshop will start with Ramon Thiago at the Cemuchca Institute of Music’s annual summer camp, held this year in Terrier Rouge in the north of Haiti. Then, Ramon and his students will make their way to Grand Goave for the Holy Trinity Music School summer camp. There, they will be joined first by James Hall of the Utah Symphony and, after Ramon returns to the states, Katelyn Simon will come in for the final week of the workshop. Students will work extensively on reed making (thanks to a very generous donation from DOUBLE REED GIRL) and on basic and advanced techniques.
We are excited to share with you a new way to support young musicians in Haiti. Now you can make a monthly contribution to BLUME Haiti to help sustain our mission. This is an effective and convenient way to give.
Did you know?
$10/month could provide one summer camp scholarship
$20/month would enable 50 bows to be rehaired
$30/month could purchase a band instrument repair kit
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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!