Encore Sistema Québec Launches New Site

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Fostering a New Home for a Free After School Instrumental Music Program in the Heart of Montréal

LOCATION: Montréal, QC. Encore Sistema Québec (ESQ) proudly announces the expansion of their programming with the opening of a new site and home for the organization. Located in the heart of Montréal at 67 Rue Ontario Ouest, the new ESQ location neighbors Montréal’s cultural center, Places des Arts.

Beginning of classes: The first session of programming at the new site at 67 Rue Ontario Ouest will begin on Monday, April 01 2024.

Days and Times: Monday and Thursday afternoon from 4:00PM – 5:30PM.

Costs: FREE musical Instruction and use of musical instrument

To register: Registration Form

About Encore! Sistema Québec:

Founded in 2012, Encore! Sistema Québec (ESQ) embodies the El Sistema movement’s vision, leveraging music as a transformative force to empower at-risk youth. Through group music sessions, students learn to play string instruments, engage in ensemble performances, and develop essential skills such as discipline and teamwork, enriching their self-confidence. ESQ has built enduring partnerships with diverse communities across the greater Montréal area and Kahnawake, enriching the lives of numerous students with the gift of music.

Playing in an orchestra is a musical form and manifestation of joy and expression. For students, it’s a fun and safe space to develop confidence in themselves and their fellow teammates in the orchestra. For the greater community, it can offer a beautifully positive spirit that helps instill lifelong values and social commitments from students and families to their communities.” says Michael DePasquale, Head Teacher for the new downtown location.

The El Sistema model, originating from Venezuela and now adopted in over 50 countries, champions music education as a catalyst for social change. At its heart, ESQ is deeply connected to the communities it serves.

Sistema is community in its purest form, as the program is designed to use music as a vehicle for social change, creating space for students to learn, grow, and foster values and transferable skills that they will need in many aspects of their life” Theodora Stathopoulos, ESQ’s Founding Director