Meet the Board
With over one hundred years of combined service in Haiti, and with four Haitians on our board, BLUME Haiti has experience in a wide range of music programs throughout the country.
Janet Anthony, President
Janet Anthony has been teaching in Haiti since 1996. Recently retired after 34 years as the cello professor at Lawrence University, where she was the first holder of the George and Marjorie Olsen Chandler Professor of Music chair, in the Conservatory, she has facilitated the travel to Haiti of over seventy Lawrence University students and faculty colleagues to teach in some of the many music programs with which she has been involved. Janet has also enabled the travel of a number of key Haitian music teachers and students to the United States for short-term professional development. As president of BLUME Haiti, she played a key role in creating the Haitian Orchestra Institute in partnership with the Musicians of the Utah Symphony and she works closely with many of our partner institutions across the globe.
Jacques Anderson Bernier
Jacques Anderson Bernier joined the BLUME Haiti Board in 2014. A native of Port-au-Prince, Jacques is the principal clarinetist of the Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches clarinet, piano, composition and theory at that school and elsewhere in the country. He is also the organist and music director for Epiphany Church in PAP and has traveled extensively throughout Haiti as a team leader for Volunteers for the Development of Haiti - a group focusing on reaching at-risk youth and helping them learn positive life skills. Jacques has been recognized by the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) with an invitation to study composition with famed composer Arturo Màrquez in the Dominican Republic and two of his pieces for orchestra were selected to be performed by the YOA on their recent tour of the Carribean. Jacques’ studies were interrupted by the earthquake but he expects to complete his degree in Accounting Sciences in 2015.
Flutist Meret Bitticks maintains an active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician in the U.S. and abroad while on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago and DePaul University. Meret has joined international concert tours of the United Arab Emirates and Australia, and has taught at several workshops and institutes in the United States and Canada. In 2009 Meret traveled to Matsumoto, Japan to work with Suzuki Flute Method founder, Toshio Takahashi, and became the first flutist to receive a Certificate of Achievement for excellence in Suzuki instruction from the Suzuki Association of the Americas in 2013. Meret first travelled to Haiti in 2012 and fell in love with the culture and the music students!
Sarah Davies Breen
Sarah Davies Breen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Lawrence University, though she has since pursued a career in higher education and nonprofit administration. Most recently, Sarah has worked at the University of Chicago, and in the fall of 2017, she will begin a Master's program in Global Affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Sarah first visited Haiti in 2008 and returned in 2010, teaching and collaborating at music camps and schools in Leogane, Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, and La Plaine over the two journeys. Sarah is eager to return to Haiti and is pleased to support and promote the mission, vision, and values of BLUME Haiti by joining the board in 2017.
Jethro Celestin, a former member of the Petits Chanteurs of the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, joined the BLUME Haiti board in 2014.
He received a double major in music and business from Loyola University in 2012 and also received his MBA at Tulane University New Orleans in 2016. Currently, Jethro is the Director of Facilities and Operations at the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans Charter School where he works closely with the CEO and COO . He is an active member of the New Orleans Opera Association Chorus.
Rachael Cohen is a native of Chicago who is currently living in Montreal. After completing her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at McGill University in 2018, with a minor in music education, she started her Master’s in Flute Performance at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. In the fall of 2019, Rachael will be participating in the year-long Global Leaders Program. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Rachael served on the executive team of the non-profit organization School of Music Montreal, as well as President of Soulstice a Cappella. Alongside pursuing her master’s degree, she is the flute teacher at FACE Elementary and Secondary School and has begun serving on the BLUME Haiti board. Rachael has travelled to Haiti since 2014 teaching flute and working with the bands.
A founding board member of BLUME Haiti, Scott Harrison has been traveling to Haiti to work with young musicians since 2007. Scott received bachelor's degrees in bassoon and political science from Northwestern University and his master's degree in bassoon performance from Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts. In April 2012, he organized a woodwind festival in Port-au-Prince in coordination with L'Ecole Musique Sainte Trinite and in April 2017, he helped launch the first Haitian Orchestra Institute in partnership with the Musicians of the Utah Symphony, leading arts administration seminars for music program staff from across Haiti as part of the festival. Scott has also worked with young musicians and burgeoning music programs in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and elsewhere in Latin America, and in 2012 received the Young Artist Humanitarian Award from the Hildegard Behrens Foundation. Throughout his career as an arts leader in cities across America, Scott has secured millions of dollars in funding from individuals, corporations, foundations and public sources for numerous initiatives that are changing the landscape of cultural practice and audience engagement through artistic impact, accessibility and inclusivity, creativity and learning, and innovation and entrepreneurship. As executive director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he worked in partnership with Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and the USC Thornton School of Music to launch the LA Orchestra Fellowship, an intensive training and mentorship program for early-career musicians from underrepresented communities that seeks to increase equity across the classical music field. While at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he developed Live from Orchestra Hall at www.dso.org/live, an unprecedented global webcast series that continues to make DSO concerts available for free to communities across the globe via web browsers and mobile devices – a first for any American orchestra. A member of numerous boards and advisory committees, Scott’s projects also included such varied initiatives as planning a series of screenings and panel discussions around the documentary On the Brink, exploring displacement, gentrification and development through the lens of Seattle’s historic African American Central District.
Keith Johnston is Director of Bands at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where he has taken the band on national, and international tours, commissioned new works, been featured in national television ad campaigns, and even made an appearance on MTV. He also directs the brass ensemble, teaches low brass, oversees the instrumental chamber music program, and performs in the Sacred Heart University Faculty Brass Quintet.
Keith has conducted professional, community, and HS honor bands and orchestras across the country, and has served as an adjudicator, and given trombone and conducting master classes at high schools and colleges. Keith has been traveling to Haiti since 2008, where he has conducted bands in Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitian, and Jacmel, and also taught trombone, low brass, and conducting.
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University.
Nick Keelan, Assistant Treasurer
After a 43-year career as a music educator Nick Keelan recently retired as Associate Professor of Trombone at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. At various times while at Lawrence he taught trombone, euphonium, and tuba; courses in the Brass-Percussion Department, Jazz and Improvisational Music Department, and Music Education Department; directed the three Lawrence jazz ensembles and two Lawrence concert bands; coordinated and coached numerous student chamber ensembles; and performed with the Lawrence Faculty Jazz Group and the Lawrence Brass. While at Lawrence he received awards for excellence in teaching as a new Lawrence faculty member and for excellence in advising students. He served as the chair of the Winds-Brass-Percussion Department, Jazz Studies Department, and for 20 years was chair of Instrumental Music Education.
Prior to coming to Lawrence Keelan taught instrumental music for ten years in the elementary and secondary schools of Texas and Colorado. His degrees are from Henderson State University in Arkansas and the University of Northern Colorado. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, he is a 1968 graduate of Little Rock Central High School. Currently he is a member of and has been a soloist with the Colorado Brass Band. He maintains an active schedule throughout the United States as a classical and jazz performer and teacher on alto, tenor, and bass trombone and Baroque sackbuts. He is a frequent clinician for school concert bands and jazz ensembles and works with music educators on effective teaching techniques.
Jordan King, Secretary
Jordan King is passionate music educator who teaches orchestra in the Upper Arlington School District, outside Columbus, Ohio. In 2010, Jordan received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Lawrence University, Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. After teaching middle and elementary school orchestra in Oshkosh, WI from 2010 to 2013, Jordan joined the Upper Arlington Schools in the fall of 2013 as an elementary orchestra teacher. After first traveling to teach and perform music in Haiti during 2008, Jordan returns annually to support the Haitian music schools. Jordan coordinates material donations for BLUME-Haiti as the chair of the Acquisitions Committee.
Michée Arnold Lachaud
Dr. Michée A. Lachaud, a Fulbright Scholar, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Agricultural Economics and Business Program in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at Florida A&M University. He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics.
He is a former member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and a former teacher of French horn there and at the Dessaix Baptist Music School in Jacmel, Haiti.
He has served as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, The World Bank, the International Labour Organization of the United Nations, and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Ricardo Lesperance has been formed by rich musical traditions all of his life, beginning with the exceptional music program for talented but underprivileged children at the “Holy Trinity Music School” in his homeland, Haiti, where he started singing at the age of eight with the men & boys choir. After graduating from Lawrence University with a double B.A. in Vocal Performance and Government he received his M.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs with a concentration on Economic Development. After many years with The Organization of American States (OAS), Ricardo moved to Canada where he worked for The Parliamentary Centre on projects relating to Parliamentary Development and Strengthening in West Africa. Back in the US, Ricardo now works for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Still actively singing, Ricardo performs with the Ottawa Bach Choir, the Christ Church Cathedral Choir and, in the United States, with the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers.
Jonathan Perodin is a Fulbright scholar who recently received his master’s degree in Arts Management from American University. Coming from an artistically inclined family, Jonathan began playing the violin at age four. While music has always been his passion, he decided to pursue undergraduate studies in Finance, after which he was recruited by the Central Bank of Haiti. Prior to this experience, Jonathan worked as an editor, a translator, a marketing intern and a violin teacher. In 2013, along with family members and friends, Jonathan founded the string ensemble VibrAyiti, a vibrant project whose goal is to promote classical music in Haiti.
Oriel Romano joined the BLUME Haiti board in 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) with a concentration in music from Fredonia State University in New York State. She is now working on her Master’s in Counseling at Loyola University in New Orleans. After receiving her teaching degree in New York, Oriel relocated to New Orleans to teach a variety of age groups. She has taught kindergarten music, 1st grade writing, 4th grade social studies, and most recently 2nd grade English as a Second Language. Oriel plays both cello and piano and continues to share her love of music with her private piano students. She hopes to take her passion for music to Haiti very soon.
Lindsay Schwartz, Treasurer
Lindsay Schwartz is the treasurer for BLUME-Haiti. A cellist in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Lindsay teaches middle school orchestra at Cheney Middle School in West Fargo, North Dakota and has many private cello students. She holds a degree in music education from Lawrence University and first traveled to Haiti in the summer of 2008 where she has returned to teach every summer since!