-By Jennifer Johnson, Photos by Eun Lee
While most children were enjoying their spring break meeting up with friends and playing video games, the children of the Corona Youth Music Project joined together at PS 19Q for the 2013 Spring Break Seminario with the goal of creating music. In five short days, these 6-12 year olds progressed from playing simple melodies in unison to playing a four movement work in four voice harmony entitled Apollo Suite by Merle J. Isaac.
You may wonder how such a feat is even possible. The simple answer is that these kids approached each day with the spirit of community and a common goal of learning music. Their individual drive and ambition was cultivated by the leadership of the Corona Youth Music Projectʼs mentors — a small group of middle-school aged children whose goal is to take ownership of the orchestra and to help the younger players learn their instrument.
During this time, Dr. William Hinkie, violist and lead teaching artist at El Sistema Colorado, visited us to help teach and inspire these young musicians. At the end of the seminario, the children performed a concert for their parents, friends, and community members. The Spring Break Seminario was a huge success due to the hard work of each student and the collective desire to make music.