El Sistema students are greeted by an opera performer.

El Sistema students are greeted by an opera performer.

Recently the young music students of El Sistema Santa Cruz and their teachers attended an opera performance at UC Santa Cruz. “Chip and His Dog” is a short opera about a boy who tries to earn a living making musical instruments, directed by student William Long and featuring members of the UCSC Orchestra.

El Sistema Santa Cruz is a pilot music education program of the Santa Cruz Education Foundation. Currently hosted at Gault Elementary School, the after school program provides high quality music instruction, performance opportunities and exposure to the arts for students, beginning in Kindergarten.