Donation aids music programs at Dot schools

June 20, 2019

The Dorchester Reporter

The VIBE Program presented a $5,000 donation to the Dr. William Henderson Inclusion Elementary School in Dorchester on May 16. The purpose of the donation was for the purchase of an assortment of equipment to support the school’s inclusive music program. The VIBE Program also donated $1,000 to Codman Academy in Dorchester for their elementary school string program in September 2018. The VIBE Program’s vision is to provide Metro Boston public and charter school the opportunity to explore, listen to and experience music. The program is spearheaded by Katarina Stephan, President of the VIBE Program, Mark Pang, Chair of Development Committee, and advised by Adrian Anantawan, Chair of Milton Academy music department. This leadership is supported by VIBE participants like Nicholas Choi, Samantha Cody, Andy Zhang, Shannon Kim, Caitlin Waugh, and more. The VIBE Program has raised $9,000 since inception by performing in Faneuil Hall, Skilled Nursing Facilities and varies public fund raising activities. To find out more about the VIBE program, visit


The Vibe Program featured in the Dorchester Reporter

The Vibe Program was written about in the Dorchester Reporter, a community newspaper serving the Dorchester area in the Thursday, August 23 issue. VIBE is mentioned on page 9, quoted below. The full issue can be accessed here.

“Two Milton Academy have been organizing musical performances at nursing homes in the area as part of an effort to expand the impact of music in the Greater Boston Community; not only does their nonprofit organization aim to bring music to Boston’s elderly, but all proceeds from concerts and donations will be donated to Codman Academy Charter Public School’s elementary school, to help launch a string music program.

Coalter Palmer (front row 4th from left) and Katarina Stephan (front row 2d from left), founders of the VIBE program, have interned and volunteered at Codman Square Health Center. They describe their inspiration for launching the VIBE program as being rooted in a 2017 school music trip to South Africa. On the tour, the two music students were struck by the unique power music has to build and foster connections between people of all different backgrounds. In connecting with Boston’s elderly and by helping fund a music program in Dorchester, they hope to share the powerful experiences they have had with the wonders of music.

The VIBE program is working on organizing few more performance during the summer. To find out more or to donate, visit”