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Review for Hampton Roads Chamber Players Inc, Norfolk, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I met Jorge Aguirre in February of 2007 and was immediately impressed with his love for music and his desire to pass this love on to the next generation of musicians. He spoke enthusiastically about his vision of bringing young musicians from different countries together so that they could learn from each other and share their cultural heritage. His enthusiasm was so contagious that before I knew it I agreed to help implement this vision. That is how the program “Traveling Notes” came into existence and was adopted by HRCP as a natural extension of their existing activities. Since this first meeting Mr. Aguirre and I have organized three international music festivals and two chamber music workshops and recorded a CD with international participation. Through Traveling Notes we not only provide high-quality music education to young musicians from the US and elsewhere, we also stimulate an appreciation for different cultures and foster a sense of social responsibility in our participants. Together we have brought the love of music to more than 200 young musicians and countless audiences, especially those who do not have easy access to classical music. The testimonials of our participants are strong evidence of the positive impact our program has had on the lives of many children and young adults. Through my involvement with Traveling Notes I have become familiar with all HRCP activities and I have seen Mr. Aguirre in action under many different circumstances. He has always impressed me with the charismatic way he motivates his students and draws the best out of them, with his musicianship and his ability to convey his knowledge to others, his high standards for quality in all he does, and the respect he has earned from his students and their parents. Mr. Aguirre is the soul and driving force of the HRCP. As such he has been instrumental in the lives of many young musicians. His work is of utmost importance and deserves all the support it can get.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my interaction with current and past students and the raving reviews I have heard about their experience with HRCP.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

dedicate more time to fundraising and strategic planning.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working closely with Mr. Aguirre and being energized over and over by his unbridled enthusiasm.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all top-notch professionals who care deeply about the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become truly international in scope and touch the lives of young musicians everywhere, making them not only better musicians but more caring, responsible and understanding citizens of the world in the process.

Ways to make it better...

I had met Mr. Aguirre earlier and could have been part of the organization since the beginning.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding and lack of time to find the necessary funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I am responsible for the success of the organization's international program called Traveling Notes.