MusAid followed up its January 2019 scoping visit to Antigua with a second visit led by its Director of Operations, the Julliard-trained violist Kim Mai Nguyen. During the Playing to Inspire 3 Concert, Kim Mai announced that MusAid is pleased to formally launch its partnership with the ABYSO. The ABYSO will continue work with MusAid to plan and execute a MusAid teaching mission in 2021.
MusAid missions allow participants to learn teaching skills from renowned teacher trainers, perform alongside fellow professional musicians and students, teach individual and group lessons, coach orchestra sectionals and celebrate cultural exchange through music.
In addition to donating string, brass and woodwind instruments and accessories to the ABYSO, MusAid volunteers have visited the island to conduct master classes with the ABYSO. To date, Executive Director Avery Waite has conducted cello clinics, Josh and Emily Herdeman Kelly have held upper string clinics, Zach Buie and Stephen Hughes have tutored the brass students and Erica Cherry has worked with the woodwinds.
ABYSO Chair, Karen-Mae Hill indicated how important partnerships like MusAid are to the ABYSO in these early phases not only as a teaching resource but also for guidance on how to properly lay a sustainable and professional foundation for the development of the ABYSO.
She also expressed thanks to the Inn at English Harbour for providing accommodation for the MusAid visiting team.