A musician's instrument is a means of expression, a tool for connecting with others, and an old friend in times of tragedy. Music is a healing energy like no other and we can join together to provide this type of "medicine" to help heal the children who are suffering in Haiti.

Haitian born symphony conductor, Dr. Jean Montes, the Director of Orchestral Studies at Loyola University New Orleans, devotes a considerable amount of his time to developing young musicians. He is the Artistic Director of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras and leads musical programs for youth development in cities all over the world.

Every summer he returns home to Haiti to work with children who rely on music as an outlet. Now, more than ever, they need the comfort and emotional outlet that musical expression provides. Most of their instruments and supplies were lost in the recent tragedies in Haiti.

Dr. Montes invites you to make a difference in their lives. It is his goal to provide each of these young Haitian musicians with a replacement instrument (check your attics, basements and closets), supplies and music to heal their hearts and give them a sense of hope for the future.

To find out more, please go to: http://haitianyouthmusicrelief.org/

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The Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras (GNOYO) has been recognized both locally and nationally for its commitment to music education.  Now in its twenty-first season, GNOYO provides young musicians the opportunity to participate in a high-quality full orchestra program. Participants significantly improve individual performance and ensemble skills, while developing professional attitudes and discipline, which empower them to take initiative in their schools and community and to pursue individual and team excellence in all life endeavors. GNOYO’s exciting concerts include music ranging from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to John Williams’ Jurassic Park.
To encourage the broadest participation possible GNOYO has five orchestras:
• Sinfonia
• Northshore Sinfonia
• Philharmonia
• Northshore Philharmonia
• Symphony

For more information, please go to http://gnoyo.org/

Three orchestras rehearse on Saturday afternoons in New Orleans at Loyola University New Orleans. Two orchestras serve the Northshore, rehearsing on Thursday afternoons at Mandeville High School. The Sinfonia and Northshore Sinfonia build a firm foundation in ensemble playing for string students with two to five years playing experience. The Philharmonia and Northshore Philharmonia, the intermediate level ensembles, are full symphonic orchestras consisting of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. The Symphony (also a full orchestra), offers advanced musicians the opportunity to learn and perform standard orchestral work.
More than 200 young people aged seven to nineteen currently participate in this growing independent non-profit organization. Attracting participants from as far as 120 miles away, GNOYO is committed to making its program accessible to all area youth, regardless of their families’ financial capabilities.


The International Music Institute will awaken your unlimited potential and offers high level intensive preparation for Professional, Pre-Professional level, University level, High School level, Middle School level, and Passionate Amateur Musicians of all ages.

For more information, please go to http://theinternationalmusicinstitute.com

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