Effort to save Holy Trinity School of Music in Haiti: Jean Montes

Dear Friends,

Words are not enough to thank you for the level of kindness
you have expressed toward Haiti in the past few weeks. This
enormous tragedy exposed the fragility of our human
existence. It has also helped us reassess the true meaning
of our own lives.

Today, I am reaching out to you and your friends to make a
contribution to the future of Haiti.

The Holy Trinity School of Music, the most well-established
music school in Haiti, which gave me and many others the
foundation we needed to be musicians and become valuable
contributors on the world stage, lies in ruin. But the
spirit of the school lives on. Now, more than ever, we can
work together to make a positive impact in the lives of
Haiti’s young musicians.

While we are making efforts to rebuild the school, which was
a cultural center for the performing arts in Haiti, we need
to do something immediately to save lives and heal wounded
souls through the power of music.
Therefore, in this first phase of our efforts and with the
generous support of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra
(a 501.c3 nonprofit organization), I am organizing a massive
effort to collect music instruments in good playing
condition, as many as possible,
for the music students in Haiti who have lost everything.
We will be giving these students something tangible to hold
on to so they can continue to keep music in their lives.
Their new instruments will bring them comfort and support in
the wake of the earthquake in which most instruments and
supplies were lost.

In eight weeks, I will travel with a small group of
volunteers to Haiti for a three-day trip during which these
instruments will be distributed to the music students who
have survived the tragedy.
If, in the corner of your room or in your attic you have an
instrument that you would love to share with these children,
please send it to the GNOYO address on the attached flyer.
Place a legal-sized envelope with your name and address
inside the instrument’s case. We will take pictures of
each student with their new instrument and send the picture
to you.
The values and lessons I learned while growing up in Haiti
have made me the man, conductor, musician, and teacher I am
today. 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 the country. 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.
Please share this with anyone you know who might be
interested in making a donation and help us spread the word
in various media outlets, such as the newspaper, radio, TV,
and the internet.
Thank you so much for your help. I will keep all of you
updated with the progress of our efforts.

Dr. Jean Montes
Director of Orchestral Studies and Coordinator of Strings
Associate Professor of Music

Loyola University New Orleans
College of Music & Fine Arts
6363 St. Charles Avenue
Campus Box 8
New Orleans, LA 70118

Fax: 504-856-2852

Artistic Director
Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra
New Orleans, LA

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