Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

2017 - 2018: Sonic Structures

All about Bravo Waterbury!


Bravo Waterbury!

Bravo Waterbury! (Bravo) is an intensive after-school music education program for students at Children’s Community School in Waterbury, Connecticut. The program is inspired by Venezuela’s “music education miracle” known as El Sistema, a program for social change started over 30 years ago by politician and musician Jose Abreu.  In collaboration with The Leever Foundation, The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Community School and other community partners, Bravo provides music education, instruments, and mentorship to Waterbury youngsters.
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Special Events

Join us for fun and exciting special events year round!  Upcoming events include:
More information: Click here to visit Bravo Waterbury's website!

Fall Newsletter Poster

Saint Vincent DePaul Walkathon
Walk in their Footsteps & Race for Awareness
October 22, 2017 - Time: 12:00pm noon Check-in 1:00pm Walk Start, 1:30pm Race Start
Location: Library Park, Grand & Meadow Sts.Waterbury, Connecticut
A 2.5 mile Walk and 5K Road Race

Leadership Institute Performance with CCF
Monday, November 6, 2017 - Private Event

Fall Showcase
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Concert 5pm
Location: Sacred Heart Church Hall, 13 Wolcott St., Waterbury

Performance: A Connecticut Christmas
Sunday, December 3, 2017- In conjunction with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra
Time: Calida Jones pre-concert insights 2:00 - 2:30pm Concert: 3pm
Location: Naugatuck Valley Community College, Fine Arts Center

Performance: at Brass Mill Center
Bravo Brings the Holiday to Brass City Mall
Wednesday, December 6, 2017- Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Location: Brass Mill Center, 495 Union St, Waterbury, CT

Raymour & Flanigan Holiday Fundraiser Event!
Wednesday, December 13, 2017- Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Waterbury 410 Reidville Drive
Waterbury, CT

Calida Jones: Artistic Director, cjones@waterburysymphony.org
Cathy Ciresi: Administrative Director, cciresi@waterburysymphony.org
(203) 575-0659 (Bravo) ext. 206




Spring Showcase 2017
1:00-2:00 PM

free event!


Bravo students and staff will perform a concert at 1pm. All of our guests are invited to participate in a pot luck luncheon celebrating the end of a fantastic year! ...information

St. Mary's School

Bravo Waterbury!

June 5
1:45-2:30 PM


free event!


Information to come



Bravo focuses on the whole child nurturing them physically, mentally, and emotionally with quality instruction, mentorship, and nutrition. Bravo components include Bucket Band, Instrumental Exploratory, group lessons, Violin, Choir, and a host of enrichment activities.


In under 2 years, students have already performed for members of Congress in Hartford, the mayor of Waterbury, several local senior centers and other events, as well as the Board of Directors for the WSO.



Right: Calida Jones, Program Director
(Click here for Ms. Jones' bio)


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Transforming students' lives in Waterbury- Goals of Bravo Waterbury!


    • * Provide students with valuable tools to expand opportunities for creativity, self-expression, cooperative learning, teamwork, academic success, and self-esteem.

    • * Engage students at an early age and support their musical training by offering them quality instruction, instruments, and a full range of personal and family enrichment experiences.

    • * Better serve and deepen the WSO’s reach into its community; broaden partnerships with other community organizations.

    • * Develop a neighborhood program that will create a sense of community pride through heightened participation.

    • * Increase parental involvement in all aspects of students’ lives to improve students’ chances for lifelong success.

    Click here to read the results of our recent Child Asset Evaluations.