The YoFES music program, also known as Open Access to Music Education for Children (OAMEC), uses music as a vehicle to empower youth leaders to develop the skills of teamwork, creative thinking, and perseverance.
In partnership with the Suzuki Institute of Boston, OAMEC was launched in 2003 as a private violin lesson program. Since 2012, the music program has expanded its offerings tremendously to provide opportunities for students of all ages and ability levels to perform in small and large ensembles. Currently, OAMEC offers students weekly private music lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, piano, clarinet, flute, and saxophone. The ensemble program includes three levels of orchestras (Kreutzer, Viotti, and Berlioz Orchestras), a cello group class, and intimate string chamber ensembles that meet for intensive weekly rehearsals.
YoFES music programs connect with the community at large by providing quality arts education programs at many partner schools and churches in Greater Boston: Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, TechBoston Academy, Boston International Newcomers Academy, Mattahunt Elementary School, Church of the Holy Spirit and Tabernacle Baptist Church.
OAMEC Partners in our Music Programs
• New England Conservatory
• Longy School of Music of Bard College
• Berklee College of Music
• Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
• Suzuki Institute of Boston
• Johnson String Instrument
• Boston City Singers
• Ashmont Boy Choir
• Haitian Mental Health Network