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.

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The WSO builds connections across the region with exploratory concerts, events, and educational programs. The WSO maintains a firm commitment to produce programs that are of value to its patrons, participants and community partners. This commitment is rooted in the Symphony’s core belief that music education and shared cultural experiences are essential to creating community.  Founded in 1938, the Symphony has assembled over 100 of the most talented musicians across New England to perform throughout Northwest Connecticut.  The 2019-2020 season celebrates Maestro Leif Bjaland’s 25th Anniversary as Music Director & Conductor with the WSO.

The Symphony has been the Orchestra-in-Residence at Naugatuck Valley Community College since 1992. 

Naugatuck Valley Community College

750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

The Palace Theater

100 E. Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06702


Administrative Offices:

160 Robbins Street

Waterbury, CT 06708

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