Music Education for Social Development Agency


MESDA Group – Music Education for Social Development Agency –  based at Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative, MESDA offers after-school orchestra programs for at-risk youth in the Americas in order to effectively and positively affect their lives. MESDA aims to bring about change through qualities and values acquired in ensemble music making, such as discipline, teamwork, self-esteem, creative thinking and problem solving.

MESDA has ongoing programs with the Indigenous Children and Youth Orchestra of Canaima, Venezuela, with the Sainte Trinité École de Musique in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as well as with the Acordes de Esperanza bi-national youth orchestra, in which Dominican and Haitian youth perform together. MESDA will be expanding to Mexico as well as other sites. In a vanguard program MESDA has pioneered a hybrid educational model that bridges music and literacy, called Musical PRE-Texts, which merges classical music education with Harvard University’s Cultural Agents’ arts-literacy program. The combined approach trains facilitators to develop a range of interrelated musical and higher order intellectual skills programs for children and youth.


BU Citizen Artist Talk

We are honored to take part in Boston University’s Citizen Artist Talks!!

Music: An Instrument of Cultural Diplomacy
Monday, February 4, 12:30pm
BU College of Fine Arts,  855 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 500

Enrique Márquez, founder of MESDA Group, discusses the organization’s mission to coach the Binational Youth Orchestra of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
With School of Music students
Celine Ferro, clarinet, MM ‘14
Alicia Maloney, oboe, MM ‘14
Andrew Stetson, trumpet, DMA candidate

And special guests
Jordan Delphos, Adam Eccleston, and Ana Lorenzo

For more information please visit:

All set to go – Barahona 2012

Tickets, schedule, repertoire, student list, orchestral and chamber music parts, room assignments, all set. As of tomorrow morning, MESDA Group will be flying to the Dominican Republic to coach the second edition on the “Encuentro Binacional Acordes de Esperanza”. We will be working with the Binational Youth Orchestra of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. You can follow our trip here on our website, as well as on our facebook page:

76 students, 13 faculty, 2 countries, 1 orchestra. Off to the Dominican Republic tomorrow.