Message from the Director
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we announce the creation of Encore! Sistema Quebec/Programme musical Encore!Sistema Québec; Quebec’s first and only independent organization exclusively dedicated to delivering El Sistema – inspired programs to Quebec’s children and youth.
Encore!Sistema’s design aims to meet social objectives and serves as a direct solution to problems such as bullying and violence. Through Encore!Sistema we aspire to support teachers, inspire administrators, engage parents and families, build communities, sustain partners and help students achieve their full potential.
January 2018 — Encore!Sistema Quebec is proud to announce the opening of two new programs in the Parc-Extension neighbourhood of Montreal. Both programs are located at the Centre William Hingston.
Our new strings program for children in grades 2-6 meets 4 days per week, for 2 hours per day. This program is in collaboration with the Parc Extension Youth Organization. Under the guidance of head teacher Michael Depasquale, the students made and decorated their own paper violins. They will use these to learn basic positioning and technique in preparation for receiving their real violins in a few weeks!
Our new winds program for youth in grades 6-11 meets 2 days per week for 2 hours per day. This program is in collaboration with Loisirs du Parc. Under the guidance of head teachers Carol Kay and Kerry Roebuck, the students are learning flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone.
Our board of directors, staff and team of tutors and teachers are passionate about music, children and education and are strong believers in the transformative effects produced when those elements are combined under the guidance of caring professionals.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters, donors and sponsors for their tremendous dedication, trust and support.
I invite you all to join me in this musical journey to witness the transformation and discover a world of hope and wonder through the achievements of our participating students. Please sign up to receive our newsletter, come to our concerts and follow us on Facebook.
Looking forward to staying connected with all of you.
Theodora Stathopoulos, Program Director, Founder and Chair of the Board