Make A Difference, Nov. 19, 2015 #GiveMiamiDay

Miami Music Project will be participating on Give Miami Day, which is the biggest annual giving event in South Florida. The Miami Foundation, Knight Foundation and their partners will maximize the community's generosity by making a bonus gift for every donation between $25 and $10,000 received on November 19 through

Our goal is to raise over $50,000 and with your help on November 19, we can achieve it! Your support will enable our young musicians build the transferable, practical and social skills needed to improve academic motivation, and social preparedness.

Here's how you can help spread our message!


Sample #GiveMiamiDay and #MiamiMusicProject Tweets and Messages for Social Media

Here are sample Twitter messages. Remember to use the hashtag #GiveMiamiDay and #miamimusicproject to help get us trending on Twitter! If you need to shorten a URL to include it in a Tweet, you can use this website:

Twitter only allows 140 characters, however, we suggest 120 characters or less to allow room for a shortened URL, hashtag #GiveMiamiDay, and for the audience to retweet your message. Simply copy and paste the messages below.

General Tweets
1. Give the power of music. Give the power of social transformation! #GiveMiamiDay
2. RT: We provide more than 60,000 teaching and performing hours each year. #MiamiMusicProject
3. Bridging our communities in Miami through Music! #GiveMiamiDay #MiamiMusicProject

Sample Facebook Ideas and Instagram Posts
1. In recognition of #GiveMiamiDay, let’s celebrate your Teaching Artists for their dedication, expertise and inspiration. Check out your Teaching Artists and students in action on YouTube! Please share and support our mission #MiamiMusicProject!

2. #MiamiMusicProject strives to create communities where students from different cultural, social and economic backgrounds can interact and collaborate with #orchestras, choruses, and other musical ensembles. Make a difference! #GiveMiamiDay!

Sample Text Message
Miami Music Project’s mission is social transformation through music. Donate on Nov.19, 2015! Thank you!

Miami Music Project Children Orchestras Begins September 8

Inspired by the principles of El Sistema; the orchestra is seen as a scale model of a society in which the contribution of its individuals serves a common purpose. More than 60,000 teaching hours and 200 community-engagement performance hours are provided for hundreds of students annually at Miami Music Project. Instrument instruction includes violin, viola, cello, bass, trombone, french horn, trumpet, flute, clarinet, oboe, and percussion. Serving four chapters including Little Haiti, Liberty City, Little Havana, and Doral, our Children's Orchestra will begin September 8. To learn how to apply, please click HERE.

Parent Voices Creates Awareness in Little Haiti and Liberty City

Parent Voices, a choir class for parents is currently being offered at Charles Drew K-8 Center in Liberty City and at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. The parent engagement initiative will connect them with music in overcoming adversity and ignite hope in their communities.

Developed by instructor and mentor, Izegbe Onyango, who is a mother of four, one of which is a double bassist at Miami Music Project’s Liberty City Chapter, brings her professional and philanthropic skills that involve developing educational programs for use in the fight against poverty. The cost-free program is developed as a family peer support network for families by empowering them and realizing their full potential in poverty stricken neighborhoods.

The Liberty City Parent Voices takes place at Charles Drew K-8 Center on Fridays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. The Little Haiti Parent Voices takes place at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Complex on Fridays from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. assisted in Creole by Managg Cesar.

Knight Arts Challenge Finalist

We're proud to be one of the 73 finalists for the Knight Arts Challenge, which is a South Florida-based initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to transform the community through the arts. The orchestra boot camp was submitted for consideration where students receive an 8-hour intensive classical music training at no cost during Miami-Dade County's Teacher Planning Days.

The program is offered to musicians mostly from low-income and migrant areas. The goal is to inspire students to take risks, work hard, and push their limits in order to achieve greatness. Our partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools will allow us to operate in classroom spaces in a selected school and transportation will be provided. Our award will be used for approximately 100 students, 15 peer mentors, and 10 Teaching Artists. We're honored to be among others dedicating their love to the arts. Winners will be announced November 30, 2015.

2015 East Coast Seminario

On May 1- 2, 2015 in Allentown, PA, selected students will have the privilege in attending the East Coast Seminario at Miller Symphony Hall. El Sistema-inspired programs from all over the East Coast will bring selected musicians from their home orchestra programs and journey hundreds of miles from locations like New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina and even as far as Florida to join together for one grand performance. The orchestras will perform together to create two large orchestras from all over the east coast.Students' audition process will be based on their current repertoire including accuracy of rhythm, intonation, dynamics and tempo.

Members representing Miami Music Project have been chosen. Congratulations to the following:

Juan Luis Florez - Violin
Isabella Salazar - Violin
Benjamin Bush - Cello
Andrea Guariguata - Violin
Isabella Ortiz - Violin
Grace Bush - Flute
Gabrielle Bush - Violin
Mya Parra - Violin
Roy Rosales - Clarinet
Derek Sanguino - French Horn
Christopher Gonzalez - Trombone
Ruth Joseph - Trombone
Wilson Narea - Trumpet
Sophia Lehrmann - Oboe
Giah Bush - Violin
David Vallejo - Viola
Patricia Valladares - Violin
Ramses Araya - Violin
Asa Garcia - Violin
Victoria Moya - Cello
Ashley Sanguino - Cello
Samantha Bernard - Violin
Samantha De Leon - Bass

Maestro James Judd To Lead Orchestra Boot Camp

James Judd, Music Director for the Israel Symphony will conduct the orchestra's boot camp on Friday, March 20, 2015. British-born conductor, James Judd has recently become the Music Director of the Little Orchestra Society in New York. His previous directorships include Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra National de Lille in France and a groundbreaking 14 years as Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.

James founded Miami Music Project in 2008 with the support of the John S. and James L. Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Grant and subsequent matching funds of the community.

He also became the music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, where he bought the ensemble to a new level of visibility and international renown through appearances at the 2000 Summer Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, the 2003 Auckland International Arts Festival, the Osaka Festival of International Orchestras, as well as a specially televised Millennium Concert with Kiri Te Kanawa as soloist. He also led the orchestra on its first ever tour of the major concert halls of Europe, culminating with a debut appearance at the BBC Proms and the Concertgebouwin August, 2005. In North and South America, he is a frequent and much-admired guest conductor, having appeared with the orchestras of St. Louis, Montreal, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Seattle, Indianapolis, Utah, Vancouver and Ottawa.


Photo credit: Harald Hoffmann

Miami Music Project Perfoms With The Piano Guys

With an attendance of over 1,000 music enthusiasts and a nearly sold-out performance, members of the Miami Music Project’s Youth Orchestra presented an energetic and crowd-inspiring appearance with Sony Masterworks Artist, The Piano Guys, Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Eight young violinists performed Beethoven’s 5 Secrets with the YouTube sensation and were the only group invited to share the stage with the group.

The ensemble comprised of Daniel Guevara (New World School of the Arts) 16, Aspen Baker (Miami Arts Charter School) 15, Sara Nusbaum (Florida International University) 20, Juan Luis Florez (Pembroke Pines Charter School) 12, Andrea Guariguata (home-school) 16, Joshiba Jean-Charles (Fort Lauderdale High School) 16, Kelsey Milian (Ronald Reagan) 17, and Relyn Myrthil (home-school) 17.

Abiram Brizuela, Director of Programming, has been educating the ensembles’ musical journey since the beginning. The selected eight musicians have been with the various Miami Music Project ensembles program for four years combined.


Knight Foundation Awards Miami Music Project Knight Arts Challenge Grant

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awards Miami Music Project with a $75,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant to implement a new Teaching Artists Training Program. This is the third Knights Arts Challenge win for Miami Music Project.

In 2015, Miami Music Project will engage 30 teaching artists to provide music instruction to over 400 Miami children in Little Haiti, Liberty City, Little Havana and Doral locations. These musicians follow a unique curriculum customized for social change and a visionary global movement. As a result, it can transforms the lives of children through music, which requires specialized training focused on leadership and social skills development.


Miami Music Project String Quintet Represents City and Nation During Festival de Saint-Denis/Métis in France

On May 21st, 22nd and 24th, 2014, Miami Music Project String Quintet performed three concerts as part of the Festival de Saint-Denis/Métis, in France. Violinist, Sage McBride (Broward Virtual School), 16; violinist Ana Luna Uribe (Miami Arts Charter), 18; violist Srivishnu Ramankutty (New World School of the Arts), 17; cellist Santiago Luna (Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School), 17; and double bassist Kebra-Seyoun Charles (New World School of the Arts), 17, came together as the best of the best young musicians from the Miami Music Project Youth Orchestra’s string section to participate in this event. They represent the only ensemble from Miami, more the Unites States, to perform in Métis.

Created in 1969, the Festival de Saint-Denis, located in northern Paris, each year welcome the most prestigious artists in classical music.  The Festival invites artists of all backgrounds and cultures in the project called Métis, which was created 10 years ago.