Target grant provides Artist Residency for El Sistema Somerville

On November 13, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


El Sistema Somerville announces the support of the Target Corporation in the foundation of an Artist-in-Residency Program to take place beginning in January 2014. Through the grant, El Sistema Somerville will accept applications and hire a String Quartet in Residence.

The role of the String Quartet in Residence will be to provide consistent mentoring with students at El Sistema Somerville, coaching of a student string quartet, and free public performances. Interested string quartets are invited to send a letter of inquiry to Diane Cline, Director of El Sistema Somerville. The deadline for application is December 1, 2013.

targetNow in its second year of existence, El Sistema Somerville offers “immersive afterschool string music education” to Somerville Public Schools students in grades 3, 4 and 5.  The program has grown from an initial enrollment of 35 students in 2012-2013 to a current enrollment of 65 students with plans for continued expansion to wind and brass instruments.  The program, open to students throughout the District, is based out of the East Somerville Community School and includes 10 hours/week of music and movement instruction, and mentorship based on the program’s 5 core values: teamwork, commitment, respect, communication, and empathy.

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4 Responses to “Target grant provides Artist Residency for El Sistema Somerville”

  1. Boston Kate says:

    This is a wonderful program; my niece’s daughter is learning to play the violin and she loves it. Thank you, Target!

  2. Townie says:

    I don’t get the point. The Somerville Public Schools already offers a wonderful program for learning to play musical instruments, free of charge, during school.

  3. MarketMan says:

    Townie: does the school program include 10 hrs/week of music instruction?

  4. Townie? says:

    so are you opposed to after-school math clubs? there are after-school programs on almost everything, much of which is offered during the school day. if a child has an interest in one subject, it makes sense to offer more opportunity for the child to explore it?

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