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Music Of The Heart makes a joyful noise

Article by Patte Smith; photo courtesy of Kim Butorac

Children from the remote village in Haiti, L’Asile, are excited to receive new uniforms for their music program (pictured below). The program, Music Of The Heart, was founded in 2011 by Surrey Ridge resident Kim Butorac. The nonprofit program assists children of these villages in learning various instruments such as the clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, percussion, and string.

“To see the joy on the faces of the children,” says Butorac, “and having an eight-year-old play a clarinet solo after just six months, or to see the musicians in the new band uniforms, is a joy without measure.”

Starting with a small cadre of supporters who shared her vision and commitment, Butorac has been able to work with the locals in providing music, music lessons, instruments, band uniforms, and other necessities. Music Of The Heart also provides food, clothing, basic hygienic needs, and school supplies to the children and their families who participate in the program.

As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, Music Of The Heart assists and supports in the establishment and maintenance of music programs throughout the region.

For more information, call Kim Butorac at 612-618-5669, e-mail, or visit



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