First Lady Mary Pat Christie Gives Melina Garcia the 2015 New Jersey Hero Award

UCMP had the great honor to have Mrs Christie visit us and recognize the work we have been doing for the almost 3 years by giving us the 2015 New Jersey Hero Award. Our students played for Mrs Christie and she was very moved to learn about their accomplishments since 2012. Students had the opportunity read more

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

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 read more

UCMP Featured in PBS/Annenberg Documentary

It is with great pride that we announce that the UCMP is featured on the PBS and Annenberg web series The Power of Music, P-5 Teaching Inspired by El Sistema. This documentary will be shown as a professional development tool for teachers across the country. It was produced by PBS/WNET Thirteen and funded by the read more

UCMP’s Executive Director Selected as Cosmo for Latinas Fun & Fearless Award


UCMP Published in NJ.com

Union City Music Project is published in  NJ.com. The article is featuring the nomination of UCMP’s Executive Director Melina Garcia’s nomination as Cosmo for Latina Fun and Fearless Awards. Read the article here.

UCMP’s Enildo Rasua in Telemundo

UCMP’s percussion instructor, Enildo Rasua was featured in a segment on Telemundo, talking about the play Good Bread Alley, for which he composed the music! Bravo maestro!

Display at New York/New Jersey Port Authority Bus Terminal

dsc_2291 We are very proud and excited to announce that our exhibit is up at the Port Authority Bus Terminal! It will be up during the months of October and November. Please pass by and check it out. This display is in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage month. We were also invited to participate at the Fashion read more

NPR’s WQXR Interviews UCMP’s Founder Melina Garcia and Music Director Samuel Marchan

National Public Radio (NPR)’s WQXR classical music station interviewed UCMP’s Founder Melina Garcia and Music Director Samuel Marchan during intermission at the Simon Bolivar Orchestra’s performance under conductor Gustavo Dudamel at New York’s Carnegie Hall on December 10th 2012. Please click below to listen to the full interview.

The UCMP in New Jersey’s Hudson Reporter

hudson_reporter The Union City Music Project was featured in the Hudson Reporter on December 9th. Below is an excerpt of the article: Thirty-five students from the Union City Music Project, a non-profit afterschool program that employs Venezuela’s famous “El Sistema” musical education philosophy, will perform at the Dimenna Center in New York City this Wednesday as read more

The UCMP in New Jersey’s Star Ledger Newspaper

ucmp_2nd_annual_event_dsc_8645 The Union City Music Project was featured on the front page of the NJ Star Ledger‘s Jazz section. The article promotes the 2nd Anuual Event and one of the guest performers, Aruan Ortiz and the Camerata Urbana. Read the full story here.

The UCMP in Telemundo’s Levántate, by Patsi Arias

news The Union City Music Project was featured by Patsi Arias in Telemundo’s morning show, Levántate. The segment was aired throughout the United States and all of Latin America on June 27th, 2012.

UCMP’s Music Director Samuel Marchan in the News

ucmp_marchan_abreu Starting next week, Mr Samuel Marchan, UCMP’s Music Director, will be traveling to the Venezuelan Amazon to hold a series of workshops with the Canaima Indigenous Youth Orchestra, the first indigenous youth orchestra in the world. He is going as part of the MESDA Group, (Music Education for Social Development Agency) a Harvard-based initiative, founded read more

UCMP Special Event: Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew Perez performs for UCMP Children

dsc_7496 On June 4th, violinist Karla Donehew Perez, from the Catalyst Quartet, gave a special performance to the children and families of the UCMP. Ms Donehew played various pieces from renowned classical composers such as Claude Debussy, Joan Sebastian Bach and Mexican Composer Manuel Ponce, while taking questions from the audience, comprised of 3 to 6 read more

The UCMP Featured in CNN’s Querer es Poder

Screen shot 2012-04-13 at 12.01.01 PM The UCMP was featured on the Querer es Poder segment of CNN en Español, in partnership with Siempre Mujer magazine. Through this collaboration, CNN presents stories of people who make their dreams come true. Read the article from Siempre Mujer magazine, and watch the CNN video below: Begining of article from Siempre Mujer Magazine: Querer read more

The UCMP is Proud to Announce It’s Launch on March 19th

01 The UCMP introductory session will launch on March 19 – June 15, 2012. During this 12-week-session, 40 students from Preschool through Kindergarten will attend a “Paper Orchestra” music immersion program on Mondays and Fridays for one hour at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Center for Early Childhood Education, a public school in Union City (Site read more
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