On Wednesday evening, after much hard work - and only six weeks after receiving their violins in a celebratory ceremony - our YONA students performed a short Christmas concert for family and friends.
The kids showed off their remarkable ability to read basic sheet music and agilely perform fingering patterns across different strings, as they played through two prepared carols: Jingle Bells and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Teaching artists, Alison, Deborah, and Amanda also delighted the crowd with a performance of Vivaldi's Concerto Grosso in F Major, Movement III. A traditional carol, sung by the students in a three-part round, began the evening, and the concert concluded by involving everyone in a festive audience sing-along.
It was a great evening to recognize these burgeoning young musicians, and to celebrate a program whose impact is already being felt deeply - by both the participants and the school as a whole. As Dean Sullivan, the school's principal, expands: "At Mother Teresa School, the impact of the YONA-Sistema program has been felt school-wide. YONA has given our students an opportunity to explore a deeper, more profound part of who they are, while in the process learning how to touch others through music. Indeed, YONA is changing lives."
We encourage you to watch the videos below, and to share this post with those who might be interested in the YONA-Sistema program.
Thank you very much, and have a wonderful Christmas!
We look forward to all that the new year has in store. :)
Community Relations Coordinator
video by Carmyn Joy Effa
video by Philip Paschke
photos by D.T. Baker