• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • NOVEMBER 16, 2010

    From the Barrio to the Concert Hall

    CChildren 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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  • 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, in support of Haiti’s national youth orchestra program, an OAS-led initiative based at the Ecole which seeks to foster social inclusion through musical engagement and the promotion of community values. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • DECEMBER 11, 2009

    Philharmonic of the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) to support OAS Caribbean Orchestras

    Friday December 11th the recently launched OAS/FEMCIDI Orchestra Program for Youth at Risk will be presented in Washington through a benefit concert featuring the Junior Philharmonic of the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP).

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  • OCTOBER 30, 2009

    Haitian children and youth will offer musical concert for social change.

    Children and youth from underprivileged neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will perform in a concert of Classical music and Haitian folk arrangements alongside professional musicians this Sunday, November 1st, in the third and final concert of a new regional initiative led by the Organization of American States (OAS) and Haiti to prevent youth violence and reduce school drop out rates in the Caribbean.

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  • AGOSTO 26 DE 2009

    Orquesta caleña tocará en la OEA.

    Elenco. La Orquesta Sinfónica Notas de Paz cuenta con 125 niños hasta de 17 años.

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  • MAY 27, 2009

    OAS and ICDF sign agreement to promote youth orchestras in the Caribbean.

    The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, and the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation (ICDF), through its president Cosette Alves, sign a Memorandum of Understanding to promote children and youth orchestras in the Caribbean at an event held Tuesday at the Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC

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  • 7 DE ABRIL DE 2009

    La OEA rinde homenaje al sistema nacional de orquestas juveniles e infantiles de Venezuela y a su fundador, José Antonio Abreu.

    En una Sesión Especial Conjunta del Consejo Permanente y de la Comisión Ejecutiva del Consejo Interamericano para el Desarrollo Integral (CEPCIDI), los Representantes de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) rindieron un homenaje al Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela y agradecieron a su fundador, el Maestro José Antonio Abreu, por el ejemplo brindado a las naciones americanas mediante su iniciativa de crear un método de educación juvenil innovador en el cual la música es el principal camino para el mejoramiento intelectual y social.

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The OAS Orchestra Program in the Caribbean, also known as OASIS Caribbean, is geared towards contributing to the reduction of risk factors that result in violent behavior among youths.

The Program redirects children and youths’ spare time to an activity that takes advantage of their inherent strengths and talents via a systematic orchestral and choral training program.