Originally from Haiti, Marie Montilla’s experience in music education, both as an instructor and director, is extensive and broad. She has worked in Haiti, Venezuela, and the United States. Marie is passionate about social justice and arts education, and she serves as an arts advocate everywhere she goes, focusing especially on programming that uses the El Sistema approach. She served as Director of Kids 4 Harmony, an intensive after-school music program in Pittsfield, MA, and she held the post of Artistic Director and Advisor to Youth and Family Enrichment Services in Hyde Park, MA.
Marie strongly believes in the need for open access to arts education. She serves on the board of Kids 4 Harmony, a unique El Sistema-inspired program established and administered by a social service agency. Passionate about the arts of her native Haiti, Marie is board president of Jean Appolon Expressions, a cultural organization dedicated to preserving and advancing Haitian folkloric dance and culture in Boston and Haiti. Marie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Louisville with post-baccalaureate studies at Indiana University School of Music as well as at the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, where she worked in El Sistema.
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