June 2017

 

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As we near the 5th Anniversary of HYO, the orchestra and St. Pierre School have many exciting things going on. First, the images you see are our brand new official orchestra uniforms. The students, as you can see, are quite proud to have their own uniform to show their pride for their orchestra.

We recently announced our collaboration with The Global Pedagogy Institute, and are excited to announce that two representatives from The Global Pedagogy Institute will be visiting HYO in the fall.

We are nearing the second annual Colorado Symphony Orchestra hosted music camp that will take place in July. There will be 4 members of CSO traveling to Haiti at this time to work extensively with the orchestra over the course of a week. We expect great things to come out of this camp.

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Junior Orchestra Members

Haiti Youth Orchestra- December 2016

After a quick visit to the Haiti Youth Orchestra in December, it was very clear to me that the Haitian musicians had improved immensely from June. Like usual, I spent several hours working with the musicians: first listening to the amazing new music they had learned since I last visited them, then leading clinics, working with the strings, and teaching master classes. After two days of working with them, Maestro Mackly politely asked that I please leave so the orchestra could have a ‘closed rehearsal’ preparing for the concert that evening. Maestro Mackly later explained to me that the concert featured us Americans as their “special guests” and he didn’t want us to hear them play before this special concert. 

That night, we were, once again, shocked by the amazing spectacle of the concert. Set in the church jam-packed with hundreds of local Haitians, the orchestra wowed us all. This nearly 2-hour performance featuring speeches by Maestro Mackly, Pére Alphonse (the priest of the Episcopal Church in Mirebalais) and several orchestra members proved just how proud the members and the community was of their Haiti Youth Orchestra. The program included a beautiful flute duet of the popular American piece “Say Something,” Christmas tunes such as “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells”, and finally “The Star-Spangled Banner”! It was a beautiful week.  

    
    
 

HYO Visits CSO

What an amazing weekend it was for the HYO! Sitting in on rehearsals on stage, private lessons from CSO musicians, and playing in the lobby before the CSO performances on Friday and Saturday, Peter, David, and Fencia had an amazing time working with the CSO. Thank you so much to everyone in The Colorado Symphony Orchestra for working with the Haitian students this weekend. It was amazing!!!   
    
    
 

Visa Process is Successful!

  Yesterday marked a very important day for 3 young musicians and the St. Pierre Orchestra as a whole. These three young musicians traveled to Port-Au-Prince to finally obtain the Visas that will grant them the ability to visit the United States.

As sort of a part 2 to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra trip in June, these 3 Haitian musicians will visit Colorado in November to learn, study with, and play alongside the Colorado Symphony Orcheatra. It will truly be an amazing, once in a lifetime experience for these 3 young musicians who have never left Haiti in all of their lives. 

However, to make this wonderful trip happen, we need about $4,000 more. Please visit the link at the bottom if you are able and willing to make any amount of donation towards this special experience for these young, aspiring musicians. Any amount of help would be very greatly appreciated!!!

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