MISSIONS

10-day Missions to dynamic international communities allow Cohort Members to apply classroom learning to real-world settings while exploring local contexts. Mission Hosts span the globe, allowing Cohort Members to experience a variety of cultural practices and unique first-hand insights.

ARGENTINA, EL CHACO

Mission Host: Fundación Pradier

Fundación Pradier is a non-profit institution created with the aim of promoting social-education through music. Launched in 2007, the foundation supports a variety of ongoing projects ranging from the fabrication of instruments to educational camps.

ARGENTINA, SANTA FE

Mission Host: Trombonanza

Trombonanza began in Santa Fe, Argentina as a regional gathering of South America’s top orchestral trombonists and tubists in 2000. In years since, the annual festival has grown into a weeklong celebration of low-brass, welcoming more than 150 professionals and students from around the world.

BELIZE, BELIZE CITY

Mission Hosts:
National Institute Of Culture & History
National Youth Orchestra & Choir Of Belize
Nich is Belize’s premier cultural institution, dedicated to creating an enabling environment for the development, conservation, promotion, expression, and accessibility of culture in all its diversity. The NYOCB builds civic capacity among youth of Belize through the arts.

BOLIVIA, LA PAZ

Mission Hosts: Conservatorio Plurinacional De Musica

Founded in 1906, the Plurinational Conservatory of Music offers a variety of programs in the areas of classical and modern music. Its faculty and administrative body is comprised of 135 members serving a total of 1067 students registered as of 2017. Since 2013, the conservatory imparts a licenciatura in music positioning itself as the country’s most important formation center of teachers and professionals in the field of classical music.

BRAZIL, BAHIA

Mission Host: Neojibá

With more than a dozen music centers including its flagship campus in Salvador, Neojibá serves over 4,600 youth in the state of Bahia through its network of youth orchestra nucleus that provide access to free music lessons and ensemble training.

CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK

Mission Hosts:
Sistema New Brunswick
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra

Sistema New Brunswick operates seven music centers around the province of new brunswick serving more than 500 students, 5 days a week. It launched the first sistema-inspired program in a first nation territory of Canada.

CANADA, QUEBEC

Mission Host: Songe D’ete En Musique Festival

Songe D’ete en Musique is a leading music festival in rural Quebec. Its academic component includes a vocal academy, community choir, and chamber orchestra formed with volunteers from the community.

CHILE, ARICA

Mission Host: Liceo Artistico Juan Noe Cravani

The Juan Noe Crevani Artistic School has 500 students with ages ranging from 7 to 18, offering instruction in strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, in addition to choir and classical guitar training.

CHILE, EASTER ISLAND

Mission Host: Toki Rapa Nui
(The Easter Island School of Music & Arts)

The Easter Island School of Music and Arts teaches classical music, including individual instrument instruction and ensemble teaching, as well as offering training in traditional Rapa Nui: ukelele and ancestral song native to easter island.

CHILE, LA SERENA

Mission Hosts:
Colegio De Las Artes Pedro Aguirre Cerda
Liceo Gregorio Cordovez, Fimce Festival

Colegio de las Artes Pedro Aguirre Cerda is a regional school supported by the municipality of la Serena, offering orchestral instruction. Founded in 1821 by Bernando O ́Higgins, Liceo Gregorio Cordovez is the second oldest school in chile, where 100+ students engage in group music lessons. Centered in la Serena, the Fimce Festival celebrates with concerts/workshops Jorge Peña Hen’s legacy as a founder in latin america’s movement of youth orchestras.

CHILE, PANGUIPULLI

Mission Host: Corporación Amigos De Panguipulli

A non-profit institution, the mission of Corporación de Adelanto Amigos de Panguipulli is to support and develop the longterm development of the Panguipulli community and its inhabitants. Among its projects is the music education initiative, Vive la Musica, which offers free music training to underserved youth throughout the region, in addition to organizing a series of ongoing music camps.

COLOMBIA, ANTIOQUíA

Mission Host: Filarmonica Del Santuario

Filarmonica del Santuario (FES) provides access to music education by means of orchestral practice to children and youth afflicted by the guerrilla war over decades. In little over a year since their foundation, the FES has already offered 30 concerts including an international tour to Mexico.

COLOMBIA, BOGOTA

Mission Host: Somos Capazes

Based in one of Bogotá’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, Somoz Capazes in an organization that promotes peace by running free music programs that cultivate teamwork and conflict management, in addition to teaching social and environmental awareness.

COLOMBIA, MANIZALES

Orquesta Filarmonica Juvenil Del Café

Orquesta Filarmonica Juvenil del Cafe offers young musicians an opportunity to receive orchestral training at no cost. It welcomes members from across the “Eje Cafetero” of Colombia, which includes the cities of Manizales, Pareira, and Armenia.

HAITI, NATION-WIDE

Mission Host: Blume Haiti

For over 25 years, Blume has done a consistent job in nurturing a wide range of annual music camps across Haiti. Camp sites include the Cemuchca Institute of Music, Holy Trinity Music School, Academie Musicale Occide Jeanty, Dessaix-Baptiste Music School, Catherine Flon Music School, among others.

HONDURAS, TEGUCIGALPA

Mission Host:
Encuentro De Cuerdas
Campamento Sinfonico Juvenil Honduras

Encuentro de Cuerdas is a string-focused program dedicated to the development of musical and technical skills of young string players in Honduras. Campamento Sinfonico Juvenil Honduras is an annual initiative run by a coalition of the most important music institutions in Honduras that come together every year to host an orchestral camp. The camp invites youth from across Honduras to participate in artistic training with international mentors.

HONDURAS, TELA, SAN PEDRO SULA, & TEGUCIGALPA

Mission Host: Fundacion Artes Educativas, Coros Y Orquestas De Honduras (Farecoh)

Farecoh is an NGO based in Honduras dedicated to offering arts and music programs aimed at high-risk youth. The foundation’s programs aim to prevent them from social risk by fostering activities that promote inclusion and education. In addition, Farecoh offers teaching advancement opportunities certified by the ministry of education.

INDIA, GOA

Mission Host: Opus Gala

Opus Gala is an association formed to promote art & culture by imparting knowledge through the establishment of institutions and organizing events. During the year master-classes are organized with renowned visiting artists from abroad.

IRAQ, SULEIMANIYAH

Mission Host: American Voices Yes Academy

In partnership with the government of Erbil and the youth organizations of Suleimaniya and Rania, American voices organizes an annual yes academy program in Iraq. With a nationwide outreach, over 150 aspiring young musicians receive intensive training in the course of ten days of activities ranging from early music and chamber music to piano and string orchestra. The participants include many Iraqi music teachers as well as students from Iraqi universities, conservatories and public and private high schools. The finale gala concert at the new Suleimaniya Cultural Hall is broadcast on local tv stations, reaching millions.

KENYA, NAIROBI

Mission Host: El Sistema Kenya

El Sistema Kenya (ESK) is a youth music project targeting underserved communities in Kenya’s Kawangware, Juja, and Waithaka slums. ESK incorporates traditional Kenyan folk tunes and classical music with the ideals of el Sistema to create educational opportunities for underprivileged children, enhancing creativity, individualism, teamwork, and critical thinking to help broaden local youth’s education and leadership skills.

LEBANON, BEIRUT

Mission Host: American Voices, Yes Academy

The YES (youth excellence on stage) Academy Lebanon takes place at the american community school in Beirut. With a faculty from the united states’ most prestigious universities and cultural institutions and over 200 participants from all corners of Lebanon, the 2009 yes academy brings quality western performing arts education to Lebanese youth and young professionals. A cross section of Lebanese talent takes part in the academy. Among the cities and regions represented are Tyre, Zahle, Bekaa Valley, Tripoli, Jounieh, Kaslik, Saida, Beit Meri and, Beirut.

MEXICO, BOCA DEL RIO

Mission Host: Orquestando Armonia

Orquestando Armonia is a socio-cultural program that supports children and youth at-risk in the municopio of Boca del Rio. It uses the transformative power of music as a vehicle to cultivate a positive and creative estate of consciousness full of values and aspirations. Orquestando Armonia is one of the 3-axis of action of the Philarmonic Boca del Rio

MEXICO, DURANGO

Mission Host: Universidad Juarez Del Estado Durango (Ujed)

Universidad Juarez del Estado Durango is one of the leading universities in northern Mexico, offering a variety of majors ranging from sciences to arts. The school of music frequently host residences of top international visiting artists.

MEXICO, NATION-WIDE

Mission Host: Esperanza Azteca (Fundación Azteca)

Esperanza Azteca is a music organization that offers free music instruction to children ages five to seventeen. It currently runs 86 youth orchestras in three different countries (Mexico, Guatemala, and USA) with 1,300 teachers serving more than 16,000 children.

MEXICO, TLAXCALLA

Mission Host: Orquesta Filarmonica Tlaxcallan

Orquesta Filarmonica Tlaxcallan is an initiative that offers an opportunity for orchestral training to students from the region before they become members of professional orchestras around the country.

MEXICO, XALAPA

Mission Host: Festival Allegra

Festival Allegra offers opportunities for Mexican youth to access high-quality musical training by scheduling residences for artists traveling from abroad at diverse musical institutions in the country. Each year, festival Allegra hosts an orchestral camp with nearly 100 participants and faculty joining in the activities.

NAMIBIA, WINDHOEK

Mission Host: Youth Orchestra Of Namibia (Yona)

Youth Orchestras of Namibia (YONA) has a vision to transform the lives of youth through music. The YONA movement is inspired by the Venezuelan Sistema – a national system of youth and children’s orchestras and choirs advocating for social change. It aims for every child in Namibia access to quality music education regardless of faith, financial standing, gender, race or tribe.

PANAMA, SANTIAGO & PANAMA CITY

Mission Hosts:
Orquesta Panameña De Vientos
Orquesta Veraguense De Vientos

Orquesta Panameña de Vientos is Panama´s referent in the training of symphonic band repertoire.  Top talent from around the country is invited to join at intense short term residences held at various times during the year in Panama city. As a result of the impact caused by the 2013 YOA orchestra of the americas residence in Santiago, Orquesta Veraguense de Vientos was launched with a mission to develop the symphonic band and wind ensemble repertoire in a city with long history of military and marching bands.

PANAMA, PANAMA CITY

Mission Host: Escuela Juvenil De Musica

Founded in 1975, Escuela Juvenil de Musica serves as one of the most important formation centers in music. It offers private instruction in the majority of the symphonic instruments, as well as instruction in theory, Solfege and orchestral training. The school is host to the “taller de trombones”, an international trombon symposium attended by 80 students from around the country featuring great performers and pedagogues from the USA and the Americas.

PANAMA, PANAMA CITY

Mission Host: Asociacion Nacional De Conciertos (Anc)

In over 30 years, the ANC has elevated itself as the most important private organization supporting the nurturing of classical music in the country. In collaboration with Oberlin university, the ANC hosts the annual Campamento Musical Juvenil , an intense orchestral training setting that takes place in ciudad del saber, a former us military compound, Panama serving as an opportunity to Panamanian students from all provinces to access to orchestral repertoire training.

PANAMA, PANAMA CITY

Mission Host: Fusincopa Panama

Funsincopa’s mission is to enrich and strengthen, through the learning of a musical instrument, the education of youth and children of Panama that are found in sectors where their rights are vulnerable. The program also offers professional development training to professors to motivate them to continue to grow as pedagogues.

PARAGUAY, NATION WIDE

Mission Host: Sonidos De La Tierra

Sonidos de la Tierra is an innovative music program dedicated to social development, known for its impact in rural communities across Paraguay. Sonidos is the founder of the Landfillharmonic Orchestra among other innovative youth orchestras.

PERU, TRUJILLO

Mission Host: Asociación Cultural Arpegio

Arpegio is an organization that provides quality music instruction to the children of Trujillo, Peru, operating five nuclei campuses and running four youth orchestras.

PHILIPPINES, BATAAN PROVINCE

Mission Host: Jose Depiro Youth Orchestra

Jose Depiro Youth Orchestra provides an after-school program for inner-city children, serving approximately 80 students, ages 8 – 24, in locations around Dinalupihan.

PUERTO RICO, SAN JUAN

Mission Host(S): Suzuki Violin Association Of Puerto Rico

This association was formed in 1981 with the intention of developing and promoting music education in accordance with the Suzuki method and philosophy. Currently the association comprises approximately forty families with children ages three and up who study violin with their parents’ participation.

SIERRA LEONE, FREETOWN

Mission Host: American International School Of Freetown

American International School in Freetown opens its door during the summer academic break to welcome children and youth from underserved communities offering community members the opportunity to free music education.

SURINAME, PANAMAARIVO

Mission Host: Nationale Volksmuziekschool
(The National People’s Music Academy of Suriname)

The Nationale Volksmuziekschool of Suriname supports the development of surinamese youth through access to affordable, high-quality musical training. The conservatory provides lessons and training to more than 250 students.

SWEDEN, GÖTEBORG

Mission Host: El Sistema Sweden

Sistema Sweden has established itself as a leading organization in the realm of music education in Sweden. It operates nucleus in both urban centers and rural regions throughout Sweden, made possible by a wide range of support from government and local communities.

TANZANIA, ARUSHA

Mission Host: Arusha Meru International School

Located in the foothills of Mount Meru, the second largest mountain in Tanzania, the school offers an international curriculum serving 245 students from ten different nationalities ranging in ages from three to twelve. Music is part of the core curriculum.

TANZANIA, ARUSHA

Mission Host: Let It Shine Arts Initiative

Founded on sistema-inspired values, the Let It Shine Arts Initiative aims to provide access to music education to underserved communities of Arusha, operating in the peace Matunda orphanage under the guidance of music director Maria del Valle.

USA, CONNECTICUT

Mission Host: Bravo Waterbury!

Bravo Waterbury! Is an intensive after-school music education program for students at children’s community school and brass city charter school in Waterbury, Connecticut.

USA, NORTH CAROLINA

Mission Host: Kidznotes

Kidznotes is a sistema inspired after school program serving approximately 330 public school students in grades pre-k – 12. It partners with eight title one elementary schools in Raleigh and Durham with a racial composition of students in the partner schools of roughly 50% African American, 35% Hispanic, and 15% Caucasian.

USA, OREGON

Mission Host: Metropolitan Youth Symphony

MYS provides music education and performance opportunities for young musicians of all ages and levels of experience. Entering its 44th year. MYS enrolls over 500 youth from the Portland metro and SW Washington areas in 13 ensembles including orchestra, band, jazz, percussion ensemble and strings. Additionally, MYS offers theory classes and a beginning strings program for students under-served schools. MYS has a strong financial aid program that welcomes all students regardless of circumstances, and a school outreach program that performs 15 concerts each season to 5,000 local school students.

USA, WASHINGTON DC

Mission Host: Kipp Dc Charter Schools

KIPP is a nonprofit network of college-preparatory public charter schools education elementary, middle, and high school students. The schools have a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.

THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, ST. CROIX

Mission Host: St. Croix Foundation

St. Croix Foundation is an organization set to encourage greater philanthropic activity, to marshal resources, and to act as a catalyst to benefit the people of the US Virgin Islands. With the support of other key local stakeholders, the foundation sponsors a global leaders program-led music camp that involves students from half a dozen local schools.

“The Global leaders Program gave me the skills to take on the world as a citizen musician.”

Aurora Mendez, Violin, Chile (2013 Cohort)
Teaching Artist, Union City Music Project