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El Sistema Santa Cruz, an after school orchestral program led by the Santa Cruz Education Foundation is in full swing. A new cohort of nearly 70 kindergartners has joined seasoned first graders in our pilot hosted at Gault Elementary School. Students are enjoying learning and performing with Orff instruments and show great enthusiasm for choir.

Students learn ensemble collaboration with Orff Instruments

Students learn ensemble collaboration with Orff Instruments

Perhaps most exciting of all was the recent arrival of violins! In addition to Orff and Choir ensemble sessions, our young musicians are now also receiving small group instruction with recorders and their new violins. Our El Sistema students are proud of their new skills and are working hard in class and at home to master their instruments.

Proud violinist ready to begin practicing at home

Proud violinist ready to begin practicing at home

Save the Date: The youth of El Sistema Santa Cruz will open the Young Performers Showcase on April 13 at the Rio Theatre. Stay tuned for ticket information.