Begun as a project to bring a version of the Sistema-inspired program to Alexander First Nation – an hour or so drive north of Edmonton – Kipohtakâw-YONA is a twice-weekly program that brings two YONA Teaching Artists to the Kipohtakâw Education Centre during school hours for violin instruction.
You expect a certain level of excitement and enthusiasm from someone who is brand new to the YONA Sistema program. “It’s a lot of fun,” the rookie says with obvious nervous energy. “We can ask a ton of questions, we can try different things and a lot of games. I’m really excited.”
Beginning Monday, September 9, the newest expansion of the program has brought it back to Saint Teresa of Calcutta School – the location of the original pilot program for YONA-Sistema.
On Tuesday, June 11th, students from YONA-Sistema and Kipohtakaw-YONA shared the stage with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.