Music Department Presents Benefit Concert for Music Programs in Haiti

Posted on 3/16/2010 9:56:17 PM
Fabienne Fanord

The string program of the IUP Music Department will present a concert on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, to benefit music education programs in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of IUP’s John Sutton Hall. In addition to various faculty and ensembles, the concert will feature Fabienne Fanord, a Haitian cellest and music educator for Port au Prince, currently a visiting scholar this semester at IUP (pictured at right).

The concert includes the IUP String Ensemble, IUP Cello Choir, and IUP Bass Ensemble under the direction of faculty members Stanley Chepaitis, Linda Jennings, and Nathan Santos, respectively. Faculty member and soprano Mary Logan Hastings will be a featured soloist along with Christine Clewell.

This benefit concert is part of a larger project titled “Music Beyond the Mountains of Haiti: Keeping Music Alive in Haiti.” The program involves IUP music students undertaking several fundraising events that support the reconstruction of St. Trinity Music School, the main musical center of Haiti. It also involves the Dessaix-Baptiste Music School in Jacmel, a city on the southern coast also devastated by the earthquake.

Trinity Ensemble

The primary founder of the educational programs at Holy Trinity, Sister Anne Marie, was convinced that even in a country as poor as Haiti, music is not a frill, but is a basic ingredient of life. Many consider the music program of Holy Trinity to be one of the most successful projects ever begun in Haiti. Until the earthquake, Fanord served as a cello teacher and member of the orchestra at the St. Trinity Music School. She also traveled regularly to teach students at the music school in Jacmel.

The IUP Cello Choir will perform a beautifully lyrical piece, “Claire de Lune,” by Sabrina Louis, one of Fanord’s cello students in Jacmel. The program will also feature a short film presentation highlighting the importance of music programs in Haiti during intermission.

Any students interested in becoming involved in this project should contact faculty advisors Linda Jennings at or Mary Hastings at

Trinity Post Earthquake

Admission to the concert is free, but audience members will be invited to make donations to advance the work of “Music Beyond the Mountains of Haiti.”

Pictured above is the Orchestra of St. Trinity performing prior to the January 12, 2010, earthquake. The last picture shows the church following the earthquake.