SRDMH mainly organizes for educational and cultural purposes classical music concerts with authors and composers of Haiti and the Caribbean and others who were inspired by this cultural area. The society also programs universal classics when they are part of a Haitian performer’s repertoire or they contribute to a better understanding of the evolution of Haitian music. These concerts take place thanks to the participation of Haitian performers or other artists from another nationality, whenever their collaboration promotes the best dissemination of works from the designated repertoire.
SRDMH also aims at developing a documentation centre that encompasses all categories of Haitian and West Indian music. Hosted by the Laboratoire de recherche sur les musiques du monde (LRMM) at Université de Montréal since October 2012, it is to this day the most diverse collection of scores, monographs and soundtracks. This archival collection enables SRDMH to organize its concerts, to share this resource to researchers, and to support music education in Haiti. Thanks to this initiative, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (ed. 2001) now recognizes the existence of Haitian classical music through an article dedicated to ‘‘Haiti: art music’’ (by Robert Grenier) in its famous classification.
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