Bravo Waterbury! is an intensive after-school music education program of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (WSO). Founded in 2012, Bravo uses music as a vehicle for social change. Inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema model established by Dr. Jose Abreu in 1975, Bravo was born out of a deeply inspired institutional vision to work with Waterbury’s most underserved children and their families in a profound and lasting way. Bravo aims to do so by addressing the social, educational, and artistic shortfalls in the development of inner-city Waterbury youth, increasing the relevance and depth of the relationship between WSO and the community at-large. The program runs during the academic year from September through June.
Students participate in Bucket Band (a fundamental rhythm ensemble), Choir, Group Instrumental Lessons, Instrument Exploration, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra. A recently added Music Fundamentals class incorporates components of music history and theory for students to become more rounded musicians. Students also enjoy frequent performance opportunities and engage in experiential learning activities and field trips.
For more information call 203-575-0659, ext. 206.