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.
February 2019 – Following the successful presentation in open houses, holiday concerts and Christmas parades in December 2018, all three of our sites, (St.Gabriel’s Elementary School in Pointe-Saint-Charles, Kahnawake Education Centre Schools in Kahnawake and Parc Extension Youth Organization site in Parc Extension), are now preparing for our annual Side – by- Side Spring Concerts in collaboration with professional orchestras and singers.
Save the date: March 31, 2019 and stay tuned for details of this spectacular event at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall!
Encore!Sistema Quebec (ESQ) is proud to announce the addition of a new beginner class of 15 students for violin and cello at our Parc-Extension site, in partnership with Parc-Extension Youth Organization (PEYO) located at the Centre William-Hingston in the Parc-Extension neighbourhood. Our strings program is for children in ages 7-12 and meets 3 days per week, for 2 hours per day.
ESQ staff updates:
ESQ is thrilled to welcome back one of our founding tutors / teachers Kaia’tanoron Dumoulin Bush: https://kaiatanoron.format.com/. Kaia’tanoron teaches students from Karonhianonhnha and Kateri Elementary Schools in Kahnawake.
The Parc-Ex site also welcomes new violin teacher and Parc-Ex native Nadia Monczak, featured in this video made for CBC Arts featuring Nadia in volunteer work in Greece in summer 2019:
On February, 19 2019 ESQ select students from the Parc-Extension site will perform a concert in collaboration with the FACE (Fine Arts Core Education) Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of music teacher Theodora Stathopoulos and Parc-Ex Head Teacher Michael Depasquale.
The concert will take place at 1:30 pm at Chateau Westmount: 4860 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O. Westmount, QC H3Z 3G2.
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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