The Hispanic Alliance is pleased to announce that six orchestra students from the Austin Soundwaves program East Austin College Prep (EAPrep) will be performing in Aspen, Colorado in June. The students were selected from more than 250 applicants nationwide to participate in the first-ever, “National Take A Stand Festival”.
The festival is the culmination of a project to connect world-renowned conductors, guest artists and master teachers with students from communities across the United States who have been learning in El Sistema-inspired programs. El Sistema is a free, classical music curriculum created in Venezuela to promote human opportunity and development for children. It is the inspiration for Austin Soundwaves, a Central Texas music education program that provides orchestral instruction to students at EAPrep.
The six students from EAPrep will participate in an all expense paid music and leadership experience for a week. They will conclude their training with a performance at the 2016 regional orchestra festival (West) at Aspen Music Festival and School from June 24 to 29.
"Here in Aspen we well know how music-making can transform lives, and through individuals, transform whole communities," says Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of Aspen Music Festival and School. "We look forward to their arrival and hope they will find the immersive, musical experience—and the spectacular mountain setting—here as inspiring as we do."
"We are thrilled that our students will get to perform at the Aspen Music Festival with other students from around the country," says Patrick Slevin, Director of Austin Soundwaves. "Our students' 100% acceptance rate to this program is a testament to their hard work over the past five years as well as the talent of our incredible teachers."
Austin Soundwaves, a program of The Hispanic Alliance, is an El Sistema-inspired music education program. Austin Soundwaves provides high quality music education to artistically underserved youth.
East Austin College Prep (EAPrep) provides a rigorous, college-preparatory education to students in grades 2-12, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The school also directs students to community service, cultural arts activities and family engagement, which are central parts of the initiative known as the East Austin Children’s Promise.
“Take a Stand”, a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College, is an innovative initiative that supports social change through music. Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela's revolutionary music education program, “Take a Stand” supports the field through national conferences and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program.