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    Tela Youth Orchestra and Choir contribute to a culture of peace

    The Youth Orchestra and Choir of Tela were launched through a concert where children and youth showed their talent, with support from government authorities, cooperation organizations, companies and the public. Through the music direction of maestro Mariano Vales, from the OAS's Department of Public Security, 80 children and youth were chosen to implement a music education methodology developed by the OAS.… 

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  • CLACS logo september 23, 2012

    Violins unite young gang members in El Salvador

    The so called Female Orchestra of the Salvadorian Institute for Childhood and Youth (ISNA) is made up by young female detainees who belong to local gangs or maras. The orchestra, which gave their first concert Thursday, is sponsored by the OAS as part of the truce negotiated at the beginning of the year.

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  • CLACS logo April 1, 2012

    Can Learning Music Predict Well-Being?

    Two recent studies suggest that teaching music to children at an early age may have a direct impact on their health and success as adults. One shows that children's self-control skills are directly related to future outcomes. The other one supports the claim that music training improves the ability to withhold pre-potent responses, an essential component of the self-control.  

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  • CLACS logo February 27, 2012 /October 8, 2011

    Saint Lucia PM Praises OAS initiative/ St. Lucia School of Music Launches Mamai-la Di Wai Music Project

    Saint Lucia's Prime Minister praised OAS sponsored Marchand Orchestra during Independence Celebrations. Also, the St. Lucia School of Music launched a significant extension of its structured after-school music program based on the OAS Program for Social Inclusion, OASIS.  

    › Newsclip: PM praises OAS initiative    › Article: Program's extension

  • CLACS logo September 2, 2011

    National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) Launches Clinton Global Initiative

    The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) today launched a Clinton Global Initiative that commits to expand its music training program from one to three centers over the course of three years. The establishment of a second center will enable the program to reach a further 80 children, and the third center will reach 70 additional students.  

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  • CLACS logo June 23, 2011

    OAS Orchestra Program takes part of United Nations High Level Working Session

    The OAS Youth Orchestra Program in the Caribbean, OASIS, took part of the “Age of Connectivity: Music As A Natural Resource ....Urban Futures” High-Level Working Session at the United Nations Headquarters. The session was part of a series established to address the Millennium Development Goals. 

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  • CLACS logo April 14, 2011

    OAS Orchestra Program at Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU

    CLACS and Fundación ALMA co-hosted a talk where the OAS Youth Orchestra Program shared lessons learned and future plans. The presentation was followed up by a discussion around the subject of music education as a tool in combating youth violence and in reducing school dropout rates.  

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  • Marchand Girls March 19, 2011

    LUCELEC Continues Funding for Marchand Youth Orchestra

    The Saint Lucia Electricity Services Ltd. (LUCELEC) presented another $30,000 donation to the St. Lucia School of Music as the second installment of a three year commitment to provide funding for tutors of the Marchand Youth Orchestra and Choir.. 

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  • Harvard logo February 8, 2011

    OAS Participates in Harvard University Panel of Experts on Music Education Policies

    The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Department of Cultural Affairs, will participate this Thursday, February 10, 2011, in a panel of experts at Harvard University on music education policies currently being implemented in the region by multinational organizations. 

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  • Group cello lesson by Isaac Casal January 26, 2011

    Regional trainers benefit from OASIS workshop

    Last week, instructors from predominantly Latin America and trainers from Haiti, St Lucia and Jamaica were involved in an intense week-long workshop held at the newly constructed Jamaica Social Investment Fund multi-purpose complex in Trench Town. 

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  • From the Barrio to the Concert Hall November 16, 2010

    From the Barrio to the Concert Hall

    Children at risk from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia will perform melodies they composed in concert at the Kennedy Center. Immediately following their performance, each child will listen to a fully orchestrated version of their melody, performed by a the DC Youth Orchestra. 

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  • Haiti program under tent August 6, 2010

    OAS Youth Orchestra Program in Haiti Resilient

    A month ago, a collection of fifty-five instruments was shipped to the Ecole Saint Trinité in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The arrival of these instruments represents a small but significant step in the rebuilding process the program has undertaken in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake. 

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  • Playing for Change May 23, 2010

    Playing for Change

    A stone's throw away from the haven of alleged drug and gun mastermind Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), itself a refuge for more than 70 inner-city children. Here, they are removed, if only temporarily, from the bedlam that surrounds them. Here, they enter a new world where the sound of violins expands the imagination (...) 

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  • Rebuilding after the quake May 2, 2010

    The Haiti Philharmonic: Rebuilding After The Quake

    The lives of Haitians were upended by a devastating earthquake in January, and musicians were no exception, as Mandalit del Barco reported in February on Weekend Edition Saturday. Conductor David Cesar and Sainte Trinite, the Haiti Philharmonic's chamber group, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to perform for dignitaries at the Organization of American States, in hopes of drawing attention to their music school. 

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  • OAS Centennial April 30, 2010

    The OAS Celebrates the Centennial of the House of the Americas

    The Organization of American States (OAS) celebrated yesterday the one hundred years of its headquarters located in Washington, D.C. A highlight of the celebration was the performance of the Sainte Trinité Chamber Ensemble of Haiti, with musicians from the OASIS Program. 

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  • Concert at Kay Nou 1 FEBRUARY 6, 2010

    Reaching into Haiti's Cultural Past to Lift its Future

    On February 5, the École de Musique Sainte Trinité, together with the OAS and Viva Rio, a Brazilian non-governmental organization working in Haiti, united hands to support the participants and offered a music recital in Bel Air, Port-au-Prince. It was the first time since the earthquake that the Philharmonic Orchestra of Haiti and the children’s choir Les Petits Chanteurs had performed, and they used some of the instruments recovered from the rubble (...)

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  • Concert at Kay Nou 2 February 5, 2010

    Musicians Bring Harmony to Port-au-Prince

    Filling some of the Haitian tragedy’s silent hours, a group of young students and music teachers brought their harmony to a refugee camp with 120 families, in what used to be a factory a little more than three weeks ago. 

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  • First concert Marchand orchestra DECEMBER 21, 2009

    Making music powered by Lucelec

    The Marchand Youth Orchestra held its first concert on Friday, December 11 in Castries, Saint Lucia. The concert, held in conjunction with the St Lucia School of Music’s end of term String Department Concert, marked the beginning of a potentially life-changing project for young people from the Marchand community.

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  • YELE logo NOVEMBER 10, 2009

    Yele Haïti s'associe à l'Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinité et l'OEA pour lancer la Jeune Orchestre d'Haïti

    Haïti: Yele Haïti a annoncé mardi qu'elle s'est associée avec l'Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinité, la plus importante école de musique d'Haïti, et l'Organisation des Etats Américains (OEA) pour lancer la Jeune Orchestre d'Haïti.

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  • Music for social change: underprivileged children interpret the great classics OAS webpage article NOVEMBER 9, 2009

    Music for social change: underprivileged children interpret the great classics OAS webpage article

    Children and youth from underprivileged neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, interpreted some of the great compositions of Classical music and Haitian folk music arrangements alongside professional musicians Sunday in the third and final concert of a new regional initiative led by the Organization of American States and Haiti to prevent youth violence and reduce school drop out rates in the Caribbean.

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  • Un dimanche d’apothéose Journal Le Nouvelliste, Haïti NOVEMBER 5, 2009

    A Triumphant Sunday

    At the introduction the instrumentalist created a negro-spiritual atmosphere. The sopranos called the bases who in turn responded. Right after the motives propagated joyfully and contagiously throughout all the voices in the ensemble, creating a complex thread of echoes, direct and indirect imitations and interlacing counterpoints; as if they were drawers opening and closing.          (in French)

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  • The OAS/FEMCIDI Orchestra Program for Youth at Risk was launched with a moving concert at Courtleigh Auditorium. October 26, 2009

    The OAS/FEMCIDI Orchestra Program for Youth at Risk was launched with a moving concert at Courtleigh Auditorium.

    According to a local Jamaican trainer, Ann McNamee, “this has been one of the most successful musical adventures I’ve ever been involved in and I’ve been involved in a lot over the years. It has not been easy with all the challenges, but the over 80 dedicated musicians playing today feel a great sense of accomplishment that no money could ever buy”.

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  • Marchand Youth Orchestra & Choir Concert The Voice, Saint Lucia Journal October 17, 2009

    Marchand Youth Orchestra & Choir Concert The Voice, Saint Lucia Journal

    The closing ceremony of the OAS-sponsored training workshop for Tutors who will be teaching the Marchand Youth Orchestra and Choir culminated with two very successful concerts, given at the Entrepot Human Resource Centre, on Tuesday 13 October 2009. Both concerts, one in the afternoon for schoolchildren featuring the workshop choir and string orchestra, and one for the public and special invitees in the evening, were well attended and the audiences very impressed by the high level of work displayed after just eight days of training.

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OASIS is a Program implemented by the OAS’ Department of Public Security, geared towards contributing to the reduction of risk factors that result in violent behavior among youths, through systematic orchestral and choral training.

The Program uses a methodology that combines strategies from the areas of culture, education, social development and violence prevention.

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