Jamaica on Orchestra of Americas score

Saturday, June 21, 2014

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MEMBERS of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers from 20 other countries, when the Orchestra of the Americas comes to Jamaica on tour in July.

The Jamaican stop forms part of the visiting orchestra's first tour of the Caribbean which involves participation of more than 1000 musicians. Other destinations are Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The highlight of the Jamaican tour will be two concerts; one in Kingston at Church on The Rock on July 24 and the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James on July 26.

While in Jamaica, Orchestra of the Americas members will engage in music education workshops with youth at risk from communities across Kingston, as well as music workshops with students and music instructors attached to NYOJ.

Nigel Clarke, chairman of the NYOJ, sees this tour as a great opportunity for Jamaicans to recognise the power of music.

"NYOJ's aim is to create opportunities for music education to be opened for everyone, regardless of social background and hope that through the outreach, concerts and activities more persons will be seized by the awesome power of music to transform lives and communities," said Clarke.

He noted that with the support of sponsors, the NYOJ is able to expose students to an experience that will expand their horizons.

The Orchestra of the Americas comprises young musicians, 18 to 30, representing more than 20 countries in the Western Hemisphere. Its mission is to bring together energetic, talented musicians to pursue excellence and celebrate cultural diversity as a catalyst for social change.




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