Following the lockdown last March our students and music teachers were devastated that our program and our end of year concerts could not take place.
Despite many challenges the ESQ team was eager to continue teaching in order to offer musical opportunities to our students and our virtual Sistema program was launched in the fall of 2020.
Six months later we are extremely proud to showcase some of our students in this first ever, Encore!Sistema virtual concert. The short audio – visual recordings are an incredible achievement as most of the students only started playing their instrument this year and never had a face to face lesson!
Although a virtual music program can never replace the richness of the live ensemble experience, these recordings of the students’ work is a souvenir of their perseverance and determination to engage in musical expression and to make music in spite the challenges. Above all, the virtual concert provides participating students with a tremendous sense of pride and satisfaction and a “concert” that they can share with friends and family anywhere in the world.
On behalf of the entire ESQ team I take this opportunity to thank our partners (St Gabriel School, the Kahnawake Education Centre and the Parc Extension Youth Organization) and our loyal sponsors and supporters as well as our dedicated tutors and parents who have helped make it all possible.
Founding Director Encore!Sistema Québec