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Music professor and students collect musical instruments for Haiti

Loyola press release - March 1, 2010

In an effort to revitalize music education in Haiti, Loyola University New Orleans music professor and Haitian native Jean Montès, D.M.A., will travel there in late March with a group of students and volunteers to deliver musical instruments to the earthquake-devastated Holy Trinity School of Music.

The group, with the generous support of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, is organizing a massive effort to collect music instruments from individuals who no longer use them. After collecting unwanted instruments and funds to purchase others, the group will travel to Haiti for three days to deliver the supplies to students of the school.

“We will be giving music students in Haiti something tangible so they can continue to keep music in their lives,” said Montès “Their new instruments will bring them comfort and support in the wake of the earthquake in which most instruments and supplies were lost.”

Items that will be accepted for the drive include brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments. Also accepted will be supplies such as strings, rosin, reeds, music books, solo and ensemble sheet music, and scores.

“While we are making efforts to rebuild the school, we need to do something immediately to save lives and heal wounded souls through the power of music,” said Montès. “I believe that our efforts will bring hope, joy and relief to these students and will make a valuable contribution toward a brighter future for the people of Haiti.”

Montès attributes Holy Trinity, which he considers the most well-established music school in Haiti, for giving him the foundation needed to be a musician and allowing him to become a valuable contributor on the world stage.

“The values and lessons I learned while growing up in Haiti have made me the man, conductor, musician and teacher I am today,” said Montès. “I have always been dedicated to giving back and instilling hope in the youth of my homeland and I truly understand the needs and struggles that the young people encounter in Haiti.”

Those wishing to donate instruments or money to purchase instruments and supplies should contact GNOYO at 504-861-1801.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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