Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts is a non-profit, affiliated with the Historic Charles Street A.M.E Church in Roxbury, MA that is committed to the development of Boston's next generation of innovative artists through the celebration and preservation of Black music. Our flag ship program, the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy provides high caliber formal music instruction to youth throughout Greater Boston, preparing them for a future in music that challenges inner-city youth to see themselves as positive producers of culture, music, and the arts as a whole, rather than merely consumers of it.

Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy is named after two prominent members of the Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church and the national music community, Ruth Hamilton and Elta Garrett. Ruth Hamilton was a world-renowned contralto singer who was a proponent of the Negro Spirituals. Ms. Hamilton passed away in 2001 and it was her desire for a community-based youth program to be created to preserve, educate and celebrate Black music and culture. Elta Garrett, a well-known soprano, dedicated more than 50 years of her life as a music teacher in the Boston Public Schools. After retirement, Mrs. Garrett served as the founding director of the Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy. Retiring after serving twelve years as the director of the Arts Academy, Mrs. Garrett still actively supports the Hamilton-Garrett by serving as an active member on the  Board of Directors of the Hamilton-Garrett Center for Performing Arts.


We strive to be positive producers of culture through music and the arts.


We are proudly rooted in Roxbury, MA and invested in the people of Greater Boston.


We celebrate Black culture to preserve and advance a rich legacy of artistic expression.

Admin Team


Gerami Groover-Flores

Executive Director

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Tyson D. Jackson

Program Manager

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Andrew Kimble

Development Coordinator


Priscila Perez

Communications & Public Relations

Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover Sr.

Paula Stephens


Elta Garrett, M.M

Director Emerita

Tyrone Sutton, M.M

Yvonne Desmond, MSW

Vivian Montgomery, DMA

Ralph Smith Jr.

Gwendolyn Clarke

Timothy Fraser, Esq.