Victory Theatre International Arts Academy

The Academy brings musicians from around the world for a residency in Holyoke, MA. Selected musicians explore unique musical themes and concentrations, conduct workshops in the community, give public performances, and act as ambassadors to the community for MIFA and the Victory Theatre. The Academy is a key part of MIFA’s Education Outreach Program and is mentored by international artists and overseen by a locally based artist of outstanding merit.

 

In 2017 the creation of the Victory Players Contemporary Music Ensemble took shape under Music Director, Tianhui Ng. El Puerto Rico, The Rich Port was the Victory Players' first project...READ MORE

 

 

El Puerto Rico concert

El Puerto Rico concert

Victory Players & Bomba de Aquí at GBH Boston

Victory Players & Bomba de Aquí at GBH Boston

2019 Residency

2019 Residency

Victory Players HHS School Workshop

Victory Players HHS School Workshop

Victory Players S.H. Plains Elementary School Workshop

Victory Players S.H. Plains Elementary School Workshop

Victory Players School Workshop 2018

Victory Players School Workshop 2018

El Puerto Rico 2 Poster

El Puerto Rico 2 Poster

Victory Players School Workshop 2019

Victory Players School Workshop 2019

Victory Players School Workshop

Victory Players School Workshop

Victory Players School Workshop 2019

Victory Players School Workshop 2019

El Puerto Rico 3; Identity Duets

El Puerto Rico 3; Identity Duets

Talkback- El Puerto Rico 3: Identity Duets

Talkback- El Puerto Rico 3: Identity Duets

El Puerto Rico focused on the works of contemporary composers inspired by the rich musical culture of Puerto Rico’s classical and popular music and included commissions of new works. Selection for musicians and composers began in 2017 and the successful residency took place over 2 weeks in June 2018. Six musicians conducted by Tian Hui Ng formed a strong artistic bond rehearing the works of the five chosen composers. Three of the composers took part in the residency. In addition, the Players conducted workshops at Holyoke and Chicopee High Schools and the South Hadley elementary school/ The residency culminated in a sold-out gala public performance at El Mercado, the performance space run by Nueva Esperanza in Holyoke’s Puerto Rican Cultural District. 

 

The second phase of El Puerto Rico in June 2019, featured two new ensemble members and the 2018 commissioned compositions were completed and performed. Three new composers were selected and their commissioned works debuted at the 2 public concerts at El Mercado. Lastly, an additional school workshop was added at Gateway Regional High School. 

 

The third phase of El Puerto Rico: Identity Duets in January 2021, was co-presented virtually by MIFA, New England Public Media (NEPM), Nueva Esperanza, and Holyoke Media because of the Covid pandemic. The virtual event featured new MIFA commissioned works by six contemporary Puerto Rican composers performed by the Victory Players, two at a time. Live conversations with the creative team behind the production followed immediately after each performance. 

The fourth phase of El Puerto Rico is underway with the successful 2021 Holyoke Residency . . . READ MORE