Teaching in Haiti

I have always been interested in teaching and education, although most of my creative efforts have centered on music performance. The joy of relaying knowledge and sharing something meaningful and lasting with a student has always inspired and fascinated me, and I have been teaching for years. The memories of my teachers and the wisdom they shared with me still resonate strongly in my mind and I aspire to do the same for the young generation of musicians.

This is why I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer at the Sainte-Trinité School of Music in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. My longtime friend and fellow violist Enrique Márquez told me about his work with MESDA, a Harvard-based nonprofit organization devoted to music education he helped found. MESDA offers after-school orchestra programs for at-risk youth in Mexico, Haiti and Venezuela. I immediately offered to volunteer once he had told me stories of the students’ enthusiasm, which touched me deeply. (Read More)