During the year after my CMW fellowship experience ended, I participated in the Abreu Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory, where studied El Sistema, the world-renowned Venezuelan youth orchestra and social action program. The Abreu fellowship culminated in a trip to Venezuela, where I traveled around the country observing and working in various nucleos, or centers for music.
Adrienne in Venezuela
Nucleos in Venezuela reminded me of CMW in that they are places where students and teachers come together as a community. In Venezeula, because they come together every day, their musical and social experience is magnified, leading to exciting musical progress and deep relationships. This deepening of musical and social experiences is one of CMW's main strategic goals, and I want kids in Providence to experience the kind of intensity that was so powerful to witness in Venezuela.
This year, in addition to working with CMW's new beginner class, Phase II, and the Green Magic Orchestra (during All-Play Day), I have been working on plans to launch a daily, after-school orchestra program in Providence, drawing on what I learned from my experiences at CMW and as an Abreu Fellow in Boston and in Venezuela. I’m excited for our kids to have the musical and social experience of playing together in an orchestra every day. You can expect to hear more details in the coming months.
I am looking for a violinist or violist to help me build this program. Please click here for more information about this opportunity.
-Adrienne Taylor, Third-year Fellow