Friends of Music Education for Haiti, Inc. was founded by the well- known Haitian violinist, Romel Joseph. A former Fulbright grantee, Mr. Joseph went to the Juilliard School, where he obtained a master’s degree in music and violin performance.
The mission of FMEH is:
- To contribute to the overall development of music education and performance opportunities for children and youth, as well as interested adults, in Haiti.
- Play a vital role in initiating musical training in all private and public schools throughout the country.
- Explore Haiti’s rich traditional music.
- Build the Haiti Performing Arts Center, which will consist of a conservatory, a small and large concert hall, and a housing facility for volunteers, foreign performers, and alike.
The goals of FMEH are:
1. To work in collaboration with international musical and non-musical institutions in order to make it possible for children, youth and interested adults in Haiti to receive excellent knowledge of music and instrumental training.
2. To encourage schools to include music education as part of their curriculum.
3. To become partners with colleges and universities around the world in order for the most talented students sponsored by FMEH to obtain music scholarships.
4. To build and manage the first performing arts center in Haiti.
5. To have an international exchange program between students in Haiti and those abroad.
6. To create the first Haiti Symphony Orchestra "HSO," which will consist of professional Haitian musicians and those from other countries.