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Part of the Victory Theatre International Arts Academy.
The Victory Players is a Pierrot + Percussion ensemble, playing a diverse range of contemporary music.



Music Exploring the Legacy of the Caribbean & Puerto Rico


HOLYOKE, MA - Returning to Holyoke after January’s successful “Because I Could Not Stop,” performance, MIFA Victory Theatre presents “Puerto Abierto (Open Port)” the Victory Players 2024 Holyoke Residency and Concerts. 

Residency runs May 20 - June 1, 2024. The public concerts will be held Friday, May 31, 2024, at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 7:30 PM, at Holyoke Media Studio, 1 Court Plaza (23 Suffolk St.), Holyoke, MA. Tickets are $22.00 and are on sale now at


“Puerto Abierto (Open Port),” celebrates the open exchange of ideas in the Caribbean-American and Puerto Rican communities in the United States. The Victory Players will explore the legacy of the Caribbean and Puerto Rico as a rich confluence of ideas and influences. “Puerto Abierto (Open Port),” includes premieres of completed commissioned music by composers Eric Lemmon, Cole Reyes, Nicholas Villane, and Julio Elvin Quiñones. Performed by the MIFA Victory Players ensemble Nathan Ben-Yehuda (Piano), Linda Hwang (Cello), Giovanni A. Pérez (Flute), Robert Rocheteau (Percussion), Eric Schultz (Clarinet), and Justin Ouellet (Violin) with Tianhui Ng, Music Director. 


The residency and concerts will include newly commissioned composers Odaline de la Martinez, Sonia Morales, and Luis Quintana, who will workshop and rehearse with the ensemble during the residency.  Excerpts of their works-in-progress will be performed at Friday and Saturday’s concerts. The composers will then have the rest of the year to complete their compositions, which will be premiered in full in the June 2025 Holyoke Residency and Concert.  Bios and headshots for all Composers, Ensemble, and Music Director are available at and


Education and Outreach

As part of the Victory Players annual residency, the ensemble will give educational concerts for students from Holyoke’s E. N. White School and South Hadley’s Plains Elementary School. Additional community events will be held at Holyoke Media in collaboration with Nueva Esperanza and Holyoke High School.

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COMING MAY 26, 2024

For your listening pleasure, Explore the Mexican and Mexican-American experience! Tune in to NEPM Classical on Sunday, May 26th @ 7PM for the primiere radio braodcast of MIFA presentation of "Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can)" Victory Players in concert. 

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Composes 2024

Past Composers-in-Residence
20182019 - 2020/2021 - 2022 - 2023

Ensemble Management Team

Abigail McNally

Education and Community Director

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This 2024 Program is supported in part by a grant from the Holyoke Cultural Council and South Hadley Cultural Council local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


The MIFA Victory Players is part of the MIFA Victory Theatre International Arts Academy, Special Project 

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