NMS believes that arts programming is a critical component to a well-rounded education and therefore has a strong commitment to education outreach initiatives such as our Masterclass, Student Enrichment and Artist in Residence Programs.  Additionally, we provide scholarships and grants on a regular basis to assist talented students and groups.  


As part of our outreach mission, all of our featured artists offer free masterclasses to local students and music enthusiasts.  A masterclass offers a rare opportunity for students to perform and receive a critique from a master musician.  Although time allows only 3-4 students to perform, audience members can gain knowledge and insight by observing the master at work.  


For the first time, an outstanding masterclass participant opened each of our concerts last season.  


Masterclasses are free for students and NMS Members to observe.


Educate.  Entertain.  Inspire

NMS seeks to provide meaningful and enriching musical experiences for our local young musicians.   In addition to masterclasses,  NSM goes out to the community with the Student Enrichment Program, launched in partnership with Glinton Sweeting O'Brien in 2018, and also presents special Children's concerts when possible. 


In 2013 NMS and Ensemble du Monde presented "Before there was Mozart", a concert that introduced children to Joseph Boulogne, Le Chervalier de Saint-Georges, also known as the "Black Mozart", and in 2019, 400 children from participating primary schools will attend "Classical Sonic Safari", featuring "Carnival of the Animals" performed by Duo Turgeon.


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    “I would just like to say thank you to The Nassau Music Society.  The NMS Scholarship has made my journey at The College of the Bahamas so rewarding and easier because of not having to worry about funding for classes.  It also helped me to maintain a great GPA because of the requirements of the scholarship. The Nassau Music Society went beyond this; they also assisted with helping me attend the American National Flute Association Conference in Orlando 2012 where I performed with the band CForce.  Also, I have performed on numerous occasions at their Members Night as a scholarship recipient and also with the group MUIN242. I cannot say enough for all The Nassau Music Society has done for me!”

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    As a scholarship recipient, I want to congratulate the Nassau Music Society on a remarkable fifty years of service. You have tirelessly promoted and encouraged the production of chamber music in The Bahamas, by showcasing international and local artist in concert. Moreover, you continue to support the music education of Bahamians through masterclasses, workshops, and providing students with the funding necessary to learn the art form. I am deeply appreciative and grateful for your generous contribution made towards my tertiary education. I developed an interest in classical and folk music at a tender age, and throughout high school I realized that I wanted to pursue a professional opera career. I knew that tertiary education abroad would be an essential component necessary to achieve this goal, but various financial challenges presented themselves, straining this possibility. Thanks to the support of the Nassau Music Society, I am entering the last year of my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Musicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Your generosity has lightened the financial burden of my educational expenses and has allowed me to concentrate more time into my studies. Receiving this scholarship motivates me to maintain a high G.P.A, and I look forward to giving back to the music community in The Bahamas. Thank you for your confidence in me and willingness to help me achieve my goals.


    I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors as you continue to support chamber music and music education in the Bahamas! Congratulations on achieving this milestone!

    Happy 50th Anniversary.

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    “As a privileged recipient of The Nassau Music Society Scholarship 2012, I can truly say that my musical experience has taken another dimension.  I have had the privilege to perform at Full Sail University, The Ensemble du Monde Orchestra, feature on ‘The Riff’ (composed by featured composer Dominique Legendre) and in many local concerts and calendar events at the College of the Bahamas as a scholarship student.  The scholarship opened the door of opportunities for me in the following years as a percussionist: featuring on Djembe (African Drum) at the world renowned Lincoln Center in New York, and being part of historic album ‘Melodic Conch Salad’. The Nassau Music Society has really been a blessing to me in my education and musical career; I am forever thankful!”

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    As a very passionate young woman with a gift for music, I hoped and dreamed for many things. Fortunately, thanks to the gracious assistance of the Nassau Music Society, I am now living my dream. With the generous help of the Society, I was able to complete my studies in Music at the College of the Bahamas. Additionally, I was able to further my studies in Band Instrument Repair at Southeast Tech in Redwing, Minnesota. Currently, I am a music teacher at Ridgeland Primary school and I also render musical assistance at various institutions throughout the island. I am ever grateful to the Society for the many wonderful opportunities I have been afforded through their help. I would also like to commend the Nassau Music Society for their continued promotion of the Arts and Music education in the Bahamas. Through the multitude of music education opportunities and their continued supply of stellar international musicians, the face and quality of music in the Country is steadily changing. I would like to wish the Nassau Music Society a Happy 50th anniversary, and I look forward to the continued success, growth, and development of music in The Bahamas.

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    “I am Eric Fowler and I’ve been a Nassau Music Society Scholarship recipient from 2014.  Presently I’m a Music major at The College of the Bahamas and in the third semester of the Associate Degree Program.  Initially, at age 10 I was tutored buy Mr Francis Richardson on piano and thereafter I began playing saxophone in high school at Aquinas College.  As a result of developing an interest in playing the saxophone I became Principal Saxophonist of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band. My goal after my career in the Police Force Band is to educate and impart knowledge to young people through the art of music and the Nassau Music Society is playing a part to achieve that goal.  In addition to financial assistance with my education, I appreciate the NMS for their desire to develop young people of The Bahamas to become excellent musicians and to provide exposure to musicians of excellent quality through hosting concerts and master classes. I thank you, NMS, for giving me the opportunity to read the music and turn the pages for the Russian pianist Polina Leschenko during her performance in March 2015.  It was a great experience!”

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    “I have not always been a musician, but I have always loved music!  In high school, I was introduced to the music department and most importantly, he second woman in my life… my horn (trumpet).  It was an avenue to stay out of trouble, and a path which has yielded me great results. In 2013. I applied to the College of the Bahamas, Music Program, and after an interview process, became a recipient of The Nassau Music Society’s scholarship.  What I didn’t know was the impact having this scholarship would have on my life, not just financially, fut also holistically. I have been privileged to attend each concert that the Society orchestratesin Nassau, and I directly interact with musicians and artists from around the world!  An honor which I do not take for granted! If not for having this scholarship, I would not have met some of the persons I have. I am grateful for The Nassau Music Society because I can fully concentrate on my studies, and not how I will pay for school; this is a big relief each semester.”

A Non-profit Organisation dedicated to Promoting the art of Music in the Bahamas

The Nassau Music Society gives scholarships and financial aid as well as educational opportunities to students of music, choral groups and musicians.  Here are some testimonials from some of the star performers in music who have benefitted from our assistance!


If you are interested in becoming a part of our cause to assist the youth of the Bahamas and enrich the country at large through music, contact us today to give a donation or to become a sponsor.  Your participation will make a world of difference!


Help the Nassau Music Society to continue to give outstanding Bahamian music students scholarships and masterclasses with world-class musicians!


Your sponsorship or gift to The Nassau Music Society will allow us to continue the work we have done since 1961.  We have seen the rewards of our efforts through the growth of competent and dedicated music educators and performers, and a boost in the level of artists who give concerts and masterclasses in the country.  Moreover, we have seen the priceless result of keeping our youth inspired and focused on their dreams.

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