As a non-profit organization, Lyrica Baroque is dedicated to giving back to New Orleans, promoting the significant historical contribution to classical music and the powerful musical culture that thrives in the city, and has for 300 years now.
The mission of Lyrica Baroque is to support a diverse community of students, teachers, artists, institutions and audiences of all ages through education, collaboration and performance. Lyrica Baroque seeks to promote the extraordinary classical musical history of New Orleans by performing accessible chamber and baroque music at the highest level of artistic excellence.
The Power of Language
An Arts Integration workshop using music as a tool to foster social-emotional education and resilience in New Orleans’ Youth.
Members of Lyrica Baroque partner with local New Orleans educators to present a series of workshops using music as a tool to teach young students new strategies for learning resilient behaviors and facilitate social-emotional learning around academia. The workshops aim to enhance students’ imaginations by exposing them to potentially new art forms such as classical music, and provide students with a secure and safe foundation from which to explore the world, emotionally connect, reflect, empathize, and empower their sense of personal voice.
“As musicians we have tools that allow us to express some of our deepest emotions. These tools are not unlike those that writers have to delve into the human psyche and condition. With the power of music to introduce writing concepts and techniques, we are able to arm the students with their own tools to explore their own psyches. The depth and level of emotional connectivity they are able to reach as a result is powerful and transformative for everyone in the room. When the students share their vignettes with the class, they take ownership of themselves and their emotions in a way that is rare to see in children of that age, let alone any adult.
“One student was reading his writing through tears. He along with the rest of the class had been asked that day to go deeper with his writing – to add detail and color, just as a musician does to notes of music. The rest of the class listened attentively. I then played the opening of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. At that point another student who had been guarded and emotionally resistant for the first couple of days began to shed tears, as the combination of story telling and music had allowed her to open up and connect to something of her own. That is empathy. It was amazing.”
– Gabrielle Fischler, Teaching Artist and Community Director
“The children were truly engaged in all activities and truly enjoyed their experience with the incorporation of music.”
– Ingrid Hicks, Itinerant Gifted Teacher, Algiers Charter
Sample writing from one of our residencies:
“Run, run, run! It caught her and him and those two as well. Boy do I have a story to tell. As I was running I fell. It took my friends. All four. Every time. I moved. I heard foot steps. Then I was in my bedroom. For the fourth time!!! Seriously! But it was weird. There was too much black shadows. It smelled like fish and the things I touched felt so real. I saw strange beings. No, beings at the sight. A shadow figure. It’s voice sounded like an old lady speaking backwards. Saying “tunnel go to”. I couldn’t tell what time of day it was. Was it a vision of something? This place was too dark and I was chased. I now know that shadow woman was the demon in my sleep.”
– Eisenhower Academy of Global Studies 4th Grade Student
NOLA Chamber Fest
New Orleans’ very own chamber music competition
NOLA Chamber Fest was established to promote chamber music in New Orleans and the Gulf South region. Its mission is to inspire and motivate classical musicians through the experience of true collaboration and artistic independence that only chamber music can offer.
Presented by Lyrica Baroque in collaboration with the New Orleans Friends of Music and the University of New Orleans, NOLA Chamber Fest is proud to annually host New Orleans’ very own chamber music competition. The competition consists of six divisions: Junior, High School, College, Graduate, Community and Young Artist. Six professional musicians judge the competition. Cash prizes are awarded to the winning group in the High School, College, Graduate and Community divisions. Winning groups also receive the opportunity to participate in a masterclass given by world-renowned chamber ensembles presented by the Friends of Music, and in the Winners Showcase Performance.
“I loved the masterclass! It was good for the group to get the reinforcement on issues that we can improve and it was great to get validation from such an acclaimed group of musicians.”
– NOLA Chamber Fest Participant
“For a group such as ours, taking part and doing well represents a significant step forward for us and all of my members were proud and appreciative. The prize money will help me to add to our music library significantly, and the experience at the masterclass was just as valuable and enjoyable.”
– NOLA Chamber Fest Participant
“NOLA Chamber Fest provides an outstanding platform for my students of varying ages to grow such skills as independence, deep listening, collaboration, and disciplined preparation. The chance to work in masterclass with world-renowned musicians is also invaluable. I’m very grateful this festival exists in New Orleans, and I see the potential for NCF to serve as a model and leader for fostering youth chamber music across the country.”
– Joel Bein, Conservatory Symphonic Band Director, Lusher Charter School
“NOLA Chamber Fest afforded my advanced middle school students an unprecedented opportunity to explore the unique challenges of playing one to a part. They rehearsed for months, making enormous strides in musicianship, ensemble skills, and technical ability. At a time when so many school activities are organized by grade level, participating in the Chamber Fest gave my students time to develop friendships, mentorships, and support networks that bridged differences in age and grade level.”
– Marta Jurjevich, String Program Director & Music Department Chair, Lusher Charter School