With “Kinship and the Power of Music” as our motto, Our Joyful Noise Baltimore serves the essential human need for beauty and connection with art through free live musical performances of the highest professional quality presented for underserved and often forgotten communities in the Baltimore area.
Our vision is of a world where all people- regardless of economic situation, disability challenge or circumstance- have easy access to the life affirming splendor of live music.
The visionary pianist Moisès Fernández-Via perfectly captures the spirit of our vision when he writes: “Music dignifies the process of recovery, honors the depths of experience, infuses beauty and carries the message of palpable hope, strength, compassion and celebration.”
WE BRING LIVE MUSIC TO:
THE BALTIMORE STATION RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR VETERANS
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HOPE LODGE RESIDENCE FOR CANCER PATIENTS
MARYLAND CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR WOMEN
AZURE CONCERTS FOR FAMILIES LIVING WITH AUTISM AND RELATED CHALLENGES
ST. LUKE'S YOUTH CENTER: SUPPORTING UNDERSERVED YOUTH IN WEST BALTIMORE AND IN THE FRANKLIN SQUARE SCHOOLS
THE SHARP-LEADENHALL COMMUNITY OF SOUTH BALTIMORE
KIRBY LANE PARK IN WEST BALTIMORE
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
CLAUDIA ELIAZA ZANES
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF MUSIC...
While a cancer patient at Mass General Hospital in 2015, I happened upon a beautiful concert presented by a professional chamber music ensemble in the hospital lobby. To hear a live concert from the other side- as a listener and patient and not as a musician- was to deeply experience how beauty and grace can be found, and felt, even in the face of difficulty, despair, and challenge. That powerful encounter became the catalyst for starting Our Joyful Noise Baltimore, in the city that I love and call home. Welcome to our exciting musical adventure!
"It's not about fixing, helping or even 'making a difference.' It's all about kinship and connection." -Father Gregory Boyle
"This will be our response to challenge... to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” -Leonard Bernstein
PHOTO: CLAUDIA ELIAZA ZANES WITH A YOUNG CAMPER AT ST. LUKE'S CENTER'S CAMP IMAGINATION, JULY 2021