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Sheet music from Instrumentalist Magazine arrives!
2012/10/14 11:49:22 (2590 reads)

Shortly after the arrival of the 3rd container from Switzerland, the second shipment of sheet music from the USA arrived in Gonaives. Sheet music is very rare and greatly charished in Haiti. In a country where there are seldom notebooks or pens to be found at the local high school, you can imagine how difficult it is to find concertos for a 4 piece string group or music for an entire marching band...


Thanks to Dr. Nick Contorno and his good friend, Jim Rohner, at Instrumentalist Magazine in Illinois, USA, the kids at EMNCG will now have access to probably the largest selection of sheet music in the country. This photograph was taken in Haiti at La Sainte Famille...the only proof is the little black hand in the lower left corner.
Eight of the boxes were shared with Janet Anthony's music groups in Port au Prince and Jacmel. They have many string instruments in those areas, have been teaching violin and cello there since the 90's and were in dire need of sheet music. The students of EMNCG have over 31 violins and 3 cellos and nobody who knows how to play these instruments...there is still a lot of work to be done! 
(To see what potential there is, you might want to watch the movie "Kinshasa Symphony" about an orchestra in the Congo in Africa that played Beethoven's 9th. It was filmed by Germans and I don't know if there is an English version. Very heart-moving.)


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