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Testimonials

  • "I loved it!!!!" Michael McKelligott, Fellow
  • "This experience made me grow not just as a person but as a musician." Royce Hodnett, Fellow
  • "I’d just like to say thank you to all the counselors, volunteers, staff and Ben and Wiley. This has been a great and life-changing experience and I only hope this foundation grows and grows. I feel like there should be programs like this for every state because it is such a great way to learn and grow." Brendan Gill, Fellow
  • "The Positive Vibrations program was an amazing experience. I was able to make many new friends and improve my music as well. Throughout the program, through field trips and the Salon Series, I was immersed in the jazz, culture, and history of New Orleans. I was able to visit everything from Congo Square to the World War II Museum and jam with very skilled musicians. I will never forget Positive Vibrations and its profound effect on my music and life." David Diongue, Fellow
  • "My favorite aspects of the program were the Salon Series and being able to meet so many amazing New Orleans artists. I loved the freedom that we had and how active we were and that we were able to participate with other artists." Sergio Hurtado, Fellow
  • "Thanks PVF for exposing me to the real music world!" Michael Carter, Fellow
  • "John Loughton, one of my best piano students, spent a summer at the Positive Vibrations Institute. He returned from his experience with a new vocabulary, having played with musicians in a form that was outside his comfort zone. He became more comfortable in his improv and more confident about his playing in general. Overall it was a positive experience for him and it gave him tools and experience that he uses today as a student of music." Eric Svalgård –Director School of Rock Wilmington
  • "This experience has been amazing. It has profoundly raised my awareness as well as made me such a better artist and musician as a whole. It has been amazing." Sergio Hurtado, Fellow
  • "It has made me a better musician and has added to the diversity of culture." Michael McKelligott, Fellow
  • "It has affected my life in the best of ways. I will never forget these moments in my life. Coming to NOLA was the best thing in my life." Carlos Silva, Fellow
  • "It has opened a whole new world to me. I have toured places with choirs and seen lots of cities, but never have I had the change to learn and be in a city like this. I feel like I now have a home here in New Orleans and a familiarity that I never had before." Brendan Gill, Fellow
  • "My favorite aspects were the Salon Series and performance opportunities given to the Fellows. The most I learned was during the time I was playing with the professionals and challenged to step up my musicianship. I also liked the nurturing environment that was built. During my time here I felt like the main focus of all the counselors was to make sure I felt comfortable and was enjoying myself." Brendan Gill, Fellow
  • "I feel that I am a wiser person as a result of this program. Also, I will always take a little bit of New Orleans culture with me." Wyatt Duino, Fellow
  • "I hope I can come back next year and be a part of this. Also, keep up the good work, this is a great experience for teens all over the world." Nancy Kyei, Fellow
  • "My favorite aspect of the program was the Salon Series. It opened me up to a whole different aspect of New Orleans music." Nancy Kyei, Fellow
  • "I will always remember everyone here. This experience changed my life so much, for the better" Clint Forrette, Fellow
  • "I have become a better leader and a better person. I feel that my mind is more open to different things. I think that PVF has made me a more cultured person. Now I can talk to others about the culture and art of jazz and New Orleans." Sterlin Brown, Fellow
  • "PVF has really changed my life. It has changed my music life and I have learned about New Orleans." Maame Agyekum, Fellow
  • "I feel better. Just better in general. I’m a better musician, I have more confidence, and I have amazing new friends." Connor Lachenbruch, Fellow
  • "We learned how to talk to more people." Rebecca Hillard, Fellow
  • "Being with PVF taught me how to enjoy myself with other people in a social setting. I’m also not afraid to play in public." Michael Carter, Fellow
  • "My favorite aspects of the program were the Salon Series and my studies with Clarence Johnson. The Salon Series gave a very informative lecture paired with fun, creative workshops. Also, Mr. Johnson has greatly improved my work along with the work of other Fellows" David Diongue, Fellow
  • "PVF has helped me to be a better musician as a whole. By it being in New Orleans it has helped me open up to a different culture that I wouldn’t experience in Baltimore." Nancy Kyei, Fellow

Summer Arts through Culture Program: a cultural fellowship grant
for teen musicians.