El Sistema New Jersey Alliance presents El Sistema New Jersey Week “A Week-Long Sistema Celebration”

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The El Sistema New Jersey Alliance is a week-long festival of free concerts in public spaces. Each Alliance program will produce a series of concerts in its own community, featuring performances by its students and teaching artists.

El Sistema New Jersey

The El Sistema New Jersey Alliance was formed in 2014 through the collective efforts of five New Jersey programs inspired by the vision of El Sistema, an idea born in Venezuela forty years ago — and rapidly spreading throughout the world in recent years — on the premise that ensemble music learning for children can provide intensive social and emotional growth. The founding programs are:

CHAMPS in Newark

Paterson Music Project

Sister Cities Girlchoir in Camden

Sonic Expressions in Orange

Union City Music Project

The mission of the El Sistema New Jersey Alliance is to create, support, and advocate for a strong network of statewide El Sistema-inspired programs that endeavor to use music as a vehicle for social change and widen life opportunities for New Jersey’s neediest children. Our vision is that New Jersey will develop a flourishing network of El Sistema-inspired programs that will be agents of social change within their communities.

Monday, November 17, 2014

NJSO CHAMPS
Bethany Baptist Church’s Senior Citizens Day Performance
@11:00am

Featuring student members of NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project) in their first public performance of the season!  First and second year students will present selections from class rehearsals and unite as a group for a rousing performance for the elders of the Bethany Baptist Church congregation!

Bethany Baptist Church
275 W. Market Street
Newark, NJ
FREE

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paterson Music Project
Kaleidoscope Concert
@ 6:30PM

Hear all Paterson Music Project students perform together in choir and orchestra

Location TBD

FREE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sister Cities Girlchoir
Girlchoir Leadership Mini-Concert
@10:45am

The Big Sister Girlchoir performs for the first time this season for family, friends, fellow students and school staff.

Walter Palmer Leadership
5502 Harbison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
FREE

Sister Cities Girlchoir

Girlchoir Camden Sing-a-long
@4:30pm

The Big and Little Sister Girlchoirs unite for a sing-a-long that includes songs by Beethoven, Alicia Keys, and from South Africa.

Coopers Poynt Elementary School
201 State Street
Camden, NJ
FREE

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sister Cities Girlchoir
Girlchoir Daroff Mini-Concert
@5:30pm

The Big and Little Sister Girlchoirs unite for a sing-a-long that includes songs by Beethoven, Alicia Keys, and from South Africa. 

Daroff Elementary School
5630 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
FREE 

Sonic Explorations: Sharing Sounds of Oakwood
Cultural Feast @ Oakwood Avenue Community School
@ 6pm

A selection of students from Sonic Explorations will perform a short selection during Oakwood Avenue Community School’s Cultural Feast. 

Oakwood Avenue Community School
Orange, NJ
FREE

Friday, November 21, 2014

Paterson Music Project
Paterson Music Project Building Harmony Breakfast
@ 9:30AM

This is a free, one-hour breakfast in which we will raise funds, tell our story, premier the new PMP Video, and showcase our students!

Rogers Locomotive Building
32 Spruce Street
Paterson, NJ
FREE

Must RSVP, contact Elizabeth Moulthrop
at Elizabeth.moulthrop@wmcmusic.org
for more information.

Sonic Explorations: Sharing Sounds of Oakwood
Open Rehearsal and Performance
@ 3.30pm

Family members of students are invited to an open choir rehearsal.

Oakwood Avenue Community School
Orange, NJ
FREE

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sister Cities Girlchoir
Girlchoir North Mini-Concert
@11:30am

The Big and Little Sister Girlchoirs unite for a sing-a-long that includes songs by Beethoven, Alicia Keys, and from South Africa.

Walter Palmer Primary Campus
910 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA
FREE

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Paterson Music Project
New Jersey Youth Symphony 35th Anniversary Concert
@ 3:00PM

Students from the Paterson Music Project perform side by side with the New Jersey Youth Symphony for the NJYS 35th Anniversary Concert

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Tickets can be purchased at njpac.org

Monday, November 24, 2014

NJSO CHAMPS
“Hispanic Roots” – A Special String Quartet Performance by musicians
from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the University Heights
Charter School community
@ 4:30 pm

“Hispanic Roots” is a chamber music program of the NJSO, celebrating the cultures of New Jersey’s many Hispanic residents with this bilingual program devoted to the music of some of Latin America’s mostdistinguished composers.

University Heights Charter School
66-78 Morris Ave
Newark, NJ
FREE 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Union City Music Project
Venezuelan Sounds
@ 5:00 pm

A vibrant group of Venezuelan El Sistema alumni will take the audience on a musical journey through traditional Venezuelan music and Classical folk music. 

Park Theater Performing Arts Center
560 32nd Street
Union City, NJ
FREE

About the El Sistema NJ Alliance Members

Champs

static.squarespaceNJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project) is an intensive education program inspired by the Venezuelan social change and music education program El Sistema. The program seeks to develop students’ goal-directed behavior and skills to foster social and academic success. It also seeks to bolster students’ self-esteem, academic achievement and lifelong character traits like perseverance and leadership as they learn the intricacies of playing a stringed instrument. Through the NJSO CHAMPS partnership with University Heights Charter School in Newark, students in grades four through eight receive after-school instruction in violin, viola or cello for up to two hours per day, three days per week. Students have performed with the NJSO and the NJSO Youth Orchestras’ Academy Orchestra, at concerts in community settings and at school assemblies.

The Paterson Music Project

PMP logo colorBased in Paterson, New Jersey, The Paterson Music Project (PMP) is an El Sistema-Inspired Program that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing. PMP provides an intense musical immersion for participating students, six hours each week after school. Students study a primary instrument (violin, cello, or viola) and participate in ensemble practice and private lessons. Students also study music theory, music history, aural training, and singing. Students perform frequently for the school and community.  There are currently 70 students participating in the Paterson Music Project.

Sister Cities Girlchoir

static.squarespace-2Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG) is the girl empowerment choral academy, serving over 250 girls in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. SCG builds communities of music makers that empower girls to occupy their unique advantage in transforming our world. SCG is an all-girl learning environment and safe space offering a tuition-free music education program with a shared bottom line of musical excellence and positive youth development. The girls build vocal technique, musicianship, and showmanship in addition to character strengths like grit, teamwork and self-control, for school and life success. We believe that a song can change a girl, and a girl can change the world!

The program launched in Summer 2012 with 12 singers and one year later served over 250 girls from our target communities, West Philadelphia, Kensington, and Camden. The Girlchoir has performed for over 10,000 people including President George Bush and the Honorary Blondell Reynolds Brown.  The girls have sung side-by-side with professional artists from Opera Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Singers and Broadway Dreams.

Sonic Explorations: Sharing Sounds of Oakwood

static.squarespace-3Sonic Explorations: Sharing Sounds of Oakwood is an after-school music program at the Oakwood Avenue Community School in Orange, NJ. Beginning in the fall of 2013, the program has provided violin instruction and creative musicianship classes to students in kindergarten through third grade. Inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema movement, Sonic Explorations aims to provide free music education within a social context for the youth of the Oakwood Avenue Community School. Through building a network of shared resources, values, aspirations and advocacy, this program seeks to inspire youth, increase academic awareness and move the community-at-large towards a more promising future. The Oakwood Avenue Community School seeks to advance both individuals and the community through the transformational power of music.

Union City Music Project

UCMP_logoThe Union City Music Project (UCMP) is an El Sistema afterschool program that uses music as a vehicle for social change by providing intensive orchestral and vocal instruction and performance opportunities for urban children in Union City, New Jersey. Through a disciplined, cooperative and fun learning environment that integrates parental involvement, this structured grassroots program inspires academic excellence, enhances life skills and builds community. UCMP was launched in 2012 as the first El Sistema program in the Garden State. It currently serves 62 students ranging from 4–12 years of age by providing them with 24 hours of monthly instruction in violin, cello, percussion, flute, clarinet, voice and music immersion.