El Sistema Kenya & Let It Shine Host the YOA

In March 2017, El Sistema Kenya in Nairobi and Let It Shine Program in Arusha, Tanzania welcomed two representatives from Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program. Gabrielle Molina (clarinet) and Nathaly Ossa (violin) organized an instrument petting zoo at Let It Shine and performed for the local community. In Nairobi, the Global Leaders held a workshop with teachers about El Sistema fundamentals and how programs across the world are developing.  They also worked closely with teachers throughout the week in Juja and Kawangware, helping with curriculum development.

Global Leader Nathaly Ossa (second from right) with El Sistema Kenya students at Kawangwere School. Photo: Faith Syovata

Gabrielle also helped our teachers with instrument repair and brought generous woodwind donations from Brian Gnojek, the Trade Winds Quintet, and the D’Addario Foundation.  The entire visit was key to the development of instrument technique for the students and a confidence boost through well-coordinated individual and group performances.  The trip was also an opportunity for the students to learn about and appreciate different cultures through interaction with the Global Leaders.

Date Published: 1 July 2017

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