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NYOJ expands classical musicprogramme

Published:Thursday | March 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) has announced the opening of a new centre at St Jago High School in Spanish Town recently.

The NYOJ is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that uses free classical music education as a tool to inspire, empower, and enhance the lives of at-risk Jamaican youths.

The centre at St Jago will engage 20 to 30 students between the ages of 12 and 18 and will feature brass instruments, including the trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, and cornet.

The purchase of brand new instruments, along with funding to run the new centre, is being provided through a donation from the PetroCaribe Development Fund.

Instructors at the centre will include Jamaican Philharmonic Orchestra bass trombonist, Roy Clarke, and well-known jazz trumpeter, Mickey Hanson.

Lessons at St Jago will commence on April 1, and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. With this new addition, the NYOJ now has four fully operational classical-music training centres in Jamaica.

The last centre was opened at Windward Road Primary and Junior High School on January 21, adding to locations at Kingston College and St Andrew Technical High School, which have been in operation for several years.

In the coming weeks, the NYOJ will continue to expand by opening a wind centre at the Norman Manley High School.

This centre, as its name suggests, is to feature woodwind instruments like the clarinet, flute, oboe, and bassoon.