Find your melody

Jesse is one of those people that just makes you feel good. His zest for life is perhaps most expressed through his passion for music and he can often be found leading sing-alongs in our day program or our indie-rock band Bright Woods in the evening. Jesse came to New Hope because he wanted to combine his love for music with his desire to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

A lifetime of musical experience

Born and raised in Washington Heights, Jesse has never stopped looking for that next musical experience.  As a young student, Jesse attended Central Park East 1 in Harlem, New York and studied Violin under Roberta Guaspari. A few years later he became a founding member of the Beacon High School Band and had the honor of performing at Lincoln Center.  Looking to further his music education Jesse went on to study jazz guitar at SUNY New Paltz, graduating with a B.A in Jazz Studies.

Above all, I enjoy the satisfaction of witnessing how music can inspire such joy and excitement in the individuals we support, putting smiles on their faces, and encouraging them to dance. I’m in awe of the transformative and therapeutic aspects of music.”

–  Jesse Towey

Since then Jesse has been involved in numerous music projects, including a variety of bands, musical theater and recording projects. He has also privately taught music lessons to all ages and levels.

Jesse joined New Hope Community in June of 2014 and made an immediate impact, bringing his innovative ideas to bear on supporting people in pursuing the performing arts.

As the Music Coordinator at New Hope Community, Jesse has been able to share these experiences with a very large and diverse community. At New Hope, Jesse enjoys the freedom and flexibility to create innovative programs with the support of the Leisure Department, which collaborates on many interdisciplinary activities.

Working at New Hope has also presented Jesse great opportunities to connect with the local community by hosting music programs in their state of the art theater and hosting monthly open mic nights at Frankie and Johnnies in Hurleyville, New York.