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.

What’s New
April – May 2019
Concerts Galore!
Congratulations to all our students and thank you to all our tutors for the wonderful concerts throughout March and May:

March 31, 2019
The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (previously McGill Chamber Orchestra) and Maestro Boris Brott invited us to Musique Française, a beautiful evening featuring music by Berlioz, Ravel, Bizet and more. Highlights of the concert at Oscar Peterson Hall included Berlioz’s sumptuous song cycle Les Nuits d’été with soprano Sharon Azrieli and a special performance by students from all ESQ sites.
© Robin Michetti, videographer.

Newspaper articles:
Kids to get symphonic head-start with MCO
Young musicians get symphonic experience

May 4, 2019
“Spring Concert” at St. Francis Xavier Mission, a fundraiser for the Kahnawà:ke Education Center Music Schools Program, was organized by Marc David and the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, and Tourism Kahnawà:ke, with the participation of Kahnawake ESQ students, and The Mohawk Choir.
Eastern Door article

Photos: © Denis Germain

May 9, 2019
Students from our SGS ESQ site hosted a concert and extended an invitation to the Kahnawake and Park Extension ESQ sites. We were pleased that students from Share the Warmth were able to join us for this concert.
©Robin Michetti, videographer.

Encore! Sistema Quebec 2019 Scholarship Program (new this year)

Selection process:
A committee composed of Moegi Egan, Brandyn Lewis and Kaia’tanoron Bush Dumoulin nominated several students and evaluated their eligibility for this award by the use of a rubric consisting 9 criteria in total (the scoring was out of 27 points with 3 points per criterion

The winners will have a choice of spending this money to advance their musical development from the following options: music lessons (we are working on having a teacher on site but they are not restricted to our teacher), summer music camp (outside/in addition to the ESQ summer camp at KEC) or buying an instrument.

And the winners are….
Katsistohwkí:io Cross (1st);
Kahentaraken Snow-Patton (2nd);
Karonhiakwas Patton, and Brynn Phillips (3rd)
Congratulations to all the winners of the award, that was presented to the recipients on May 4, 2019 by ESQ Founding Director, Theodora Stathopoulos
Photos: © Denis Germain
1st :

ESQ 2019 Summer Camp @ Kahnawake
We are excited in anticipation of the summer camp, now in its 3rd year!
See videos from previous years here:

Find out more information and do not forget to register early. Places are limited!

Form: ESQ_KEC_Student_Application_SUMMER_2019

Save the date:
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 4:15
CONCERT of the PEX ESQ site at the PEYO Cafeteria

Final notes:
Goodbye and thank you to our Program and Personnel Manager and Head Teacher at the Centre Parc-Extension Michael DePasquale.
Welcome and congratulations to Pablo Seib who will be assuming the position of Program and Personnel Manager. Pablo is a free-lance professional musician and experienced double-bass teacher.
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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