Missions – Asia & South Pacific


Mission Host:
Opus Gala

Opus Gala is an association formed to promote art & culture by imparting knowledge through the establishment of institutions and organizing events. During the year master-classes are organized with renowned visiting artists from abroad.


Mission Host:
American Voices Yes Academy

In partnership with the government of Erbil and the youth organizations of Suleimaniya and Rania, American voices organizes an annual Yes academy program in Iraq. With a nationwide outreach, over 150 aspiring young musicians receive intensive training over the course of ten days of activities ranging from early music and chamber music to piano and string orchestra. In addition to many Iraqi music teachers, the participants include students from Iraqi universities, conservatories, and public and private high schools. The finale gala concert at the new Suleimaniya cultural hall is broadcast on local tv stations, and ultimately reaches millions of people.


Mission Host:
American Voices, Yes Academy

The Yes Academy Lebanon, youth excellence on stage, takes place at the American Community School in Beirut. With a faculty from the United States’ most prestigious universities and cultural institutions and over 200 participants from all corners of Lebanon, the 2009 Yes Academy brings quality western performing arts education to the Lebanese youth and young professionals. A cross section of Lebanese talent takes part in the academy. Among the cities and regions represented are Tyre, Zahle, Bekaa Valley, Tripoli, Jounieh, Kaslik, Saida, Beit Meri and, Beirut.


Mission Host:
Jose Depiro Youth Orchestra

Serving approximately 80 students, the Jose Depiro Youth Orchestra provides an after-school program for inner-city children, ages 8 – 24, in locations around Dinalupihan.

“This program gave me the skills to take on the world as a citizen musician.”

Aurora Mendez, Violin, Chile (Class of 2013)
Teaching Artist, Union City Music Project