Hello everyone! More news from Haiti:
The last week of the Holy Trinity camp is coming to an end. Tomorrow (Sunday, July 31st) will be our final concert. I am very excited to be conducting a short piece with the Petit Orchestre de Chambre (Little Chamber Orchestra). Rehearsals this week have been a lot of fun and I am continually impressed with my students’ dedication and spirit. On Wednesday we had a recital with about 40 performances! It was a marathon. On Friday I gave my final theory test and my students did extremely well and I am so proud of them. One of my favorite things about teaching is the excitement on my students’ faces when they understand something new. And so many of the students go back to their home schools and communities and teach others what they’ve learned. I have one student who is always doing every problem twice, because he says he needs to master it so he can teach it later.
Amidst all this success, the third week of camp can also be hard We are all getting tired and almost every day we’ve had torrential downpours during the afternoon rehearsal time. On Friday our house flooded and the volunteers spent a few hours mopping and cleaning. Thankfully there has been no serious damage. In Cange heavy rain like this is part of everyday life.
The last few days of camp are a mix of happiness and pride for the progress we’ve made together, and sadness that it has to end. Tomorrow night after the concert we have a big party and will give awards to students for their leadership, progress, and spirit. Then we have a talent show and a dance! It is always a lot of fun. And then on Monday, off to another camp at the Dessaix Baptiste Music School in Jacmel. Jacmel is considered Haiti’s cultural capital and is one of my favorite places. I’ll tell you more about it next week!