Spring 2012


The UCMP Launches Today, March 19th!


Papaer Instrument WorkshopWe are truly excited to inform you that the UCMP officially launches today, March 19th, at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Early Childhood Education Center.


We will begin our program with a Paper Orchestra music immersion session that will last 12 weeks. Children will have classes Mondays and Fridays from 3:45-4:45PM.

A Paper Orchestra teaches children the fundamentals of playing in an orchestra with instruments made out of paper-mache. For younger children ages 3-6 entering an orchestral program, it is important to have a period of preparation that introduces them to the instrument, posture, and performance. During this time, students acquire basic musicianship skills and develop an appreciation for their instrument. Moreover, the physical creation of the paper instruments gives children and their parents a sense of ownership over their music education and helps to instill in them a sense of community within the program  


The application process began the first week of February and in just five days, we received close to 200 applications! A student selection committee reviewed all the applications and began to evaluate the students to determine their readiness for the program. The UCMP had initially planned for this session to be open for just 30 children, but after evaluating students and receiving many requests from parents, it was evident that we would have to let more children be part of this program. Starting today, 50 students from preschool through kindergarten will participate in this session that will finalize with a student recital. Once students finish the Paper Orchestra, they will transition into real instruments. 


Choosing only 50 children from such a big pool of applicants was a very difficult task. However, at this time, we cannot jeopardize quality for quantity. If your child did not make it this time, please know that he or she will have the opportunity to be part of the program in September. A very special thanks to Mrs Adriana Birne and her staff, and Superintendent Stanley Sanger for all their help and support in bringing this program to our community.  


We would also like to thank all the parents for their enthusiasm and commitment to making the UCMP a great success!


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UCMP Happenings

Paper Instrument Workshop Paper Instrument Workshop I

On March 12, the UCMP held its first workshop on how to build paper instruments with participating children and their parents in preparation for the launch of the program. The evening began with welcoming remarks by Principal Adriana Birne and UCMP’s founder Melina García followed by a live performance by UCMP’s Music Director Samuel Marchan, violinist Luis Casal, and violist Peter Borten. After the presentation, the eager parents and children started working on cutting the models of the violins and assembling some of the parts of their instruments. This workshop will be continued today. Take a look at some of the pictures from this very exciting evening.

Union City Music Project UCMP Has a Brand New Website
Please take a moment to look at our new website, which has lots of information, photos and videos. It was designed by Wilbert Gutierrez, UCMP’s Art Director. Please take a look and send us your feedback!



Take a Stand Symposium UCMP at the Take a Stand Symposium

From January 30 through February 1, 2012, the UCMP was part of the Take a Stand Symposium, a conference organized by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music which brought together all El Sistema-inspired programs in the US and from abroad. As many as 300 music and social change advocates from 27 states and 13 countries were part of this conference, which included a surprise keynote presentation from Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of el El Sistema. Please click here to see more photos. 




We are happy to announce that the UCMP was invited to submit a proposal to the Geraldine Dodge Foundation for a chance to receive a $25,000 grant. And in January, the UCMP received a grant from the Swyn Family Foundation. We continue to work on finding ways to raise funds. If you are familiar with fundraising and or grant writing, please get in touch with us by sending an e-mail to info@ucmusicproject.org 


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Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel Changing Lives, a new Book about El Sistema

If you would like to learn more about El Sistema, please read Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema and the transformative power of music, written by Tricia Tunstall. Please click here to get a copy today!



The Ensemble, El Sistema USA Newsletter

The Ensemble is a monthly newsletter that covers El Sistema programs in the US. It’s published by arts educator and author Eric Booth and author Tricia Tunstall. Please download it here and share it! (PDF)


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