—First Student and Current Director. Musician. Creative visionary.
Victoria Joseph is co-director of the eponymous The New Victorian School (TNVS) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. TNVS was founded by her father, acclaimed classical violinist the late Romel Joseph. An accomplished musician in her own right, Ms. Joseph’s decision to lead The New Victorian School is the culmination of a lifetime of commitment to exploring the intersection of the arts and individual development to promote a vibrant and diverse sense of community. The New Victorian School prepares more than 200 young people ages 2 to 11 annually to take the same journey through its rigorous academic and music programs conducted in both French and English. As The New Victorian School enters its 25th year of nurturing excellence in Haiti’s youth, Ms. Joseph’s unique approach to management and academic preparation is well-suited to ensuring its continued relevance while respecting its legacy and contribution to Haiti. Previously, Ms. Joseph served as Little Haiti Site Director at the Miami Music Project where she provided leadership and oversight for a multi-site music education youth development program. She also brings her enthusiasm and vision to her role as Executive Director of Friends of Music Education in Haiti, an organization that promotes music as a dynamic engine of culture, heritage and social change.
—Musician & Designer
The daughter of an Irish/Russian mother and Haitian father, Riva was raised between Port-au-Prince and New York City, and the inspiration she gained from her experiences is evident in both her artistic and charitable endeavors. She co-founded a charity focused on reading to displaced children after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and even authored a children’s book in Creole. Her journey has inspired her to celebrate Haitian culture through unique designs that employ traditional Haitian techniques to create each handmade piece. Daring yet simply elegant, each “Love, Nyri” piece stands out as a reflection of the talent and vision of the remarkable young woman behind this handmade jewelry line. At 25, Love, Nyri founder Riva Nyri Précil’s designs are evocative, contemporary and bold.
Trained as a jazz vocalist at the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts in NYC and in music therapy at Loyola University, in New Orleans, Riva represents the beauty she sees in her heritage as a singer, dancer and designer.