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Review for Hampton Roads Chamber Players Inc, Newport News, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This was the first year that Traveling Notes had added a vocal component to their week-long clinic in the Dominican Republic. Jorge and Ellen asked me to come on board and help create a program for singers to go along with their already-existing chamber music program. This was no small undertaking and many logistical issues needed to be worked out, but Ellen and Jorge were 100% supportive and did everything in their power to make it a successful endeavor. Working with both of them was a wonderful experience because of the mutual respect given to one another and the understanding that everything we were trying to do was to benefit the students. As a teacher, I would like to say that the experience in Santo Domingo was deeply moving for me. I had no idea what to expect - I arrived with just a list of singers' names and their chosen repertoire. What transpired over the course of a week was that we became a small community of musicians coming together to hear one another perform and offer feedback and support - on every level. It was great to see the progress in the students from day to day and after the final performance many of them told me how much the class had meant to them and that they had gained a lot of confidence in their own abilities. While their resources are definitely limited, their passion for singing and capacity for learning is great and I hope that we are able to continue this in the future.

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

I have seen first hand this program make a difference for the singers that participated in the Santo Domingo clinics. They have expressed an interest in doing this again.

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

getting to see a new country, new culture.... and working with the students and other faculty.

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

extremely helpful and accommodating - and very generous in their hospitality.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I taught master classes to voice students in Santo Domingo.