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Holding on to high notes
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Holding on to high notes

Holding on to high notes

Telegraph Journal Article

In the past few years the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra has attained unprecedented success. In 2008, it won an ECMA for Best Classical Music Recording; in 2009, launched the after-school music program Sistema, which has more than doubled in size in only one year; and just last week garnered the arts organization of the year award by the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts.

In the past few years the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra has attained unprecedented success. In 2008, it won an ECMA for Best Classical Music Recording; in 2009, launched the after-school music program Sistema, which has more than doubled in size in only one year; and just last week garnered the arts organization of the year award by the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts. Still, this growth has caused dissonance.

"There are a lot of kids who have talent, but if you don't give them the chance they won't discover it," the charismatic, energetic Delgado says in his rich, Spanish-accented English, at the Sistema Centre in October.

While El Sistema is creating professional musicians, the program's first concern is creating good citizens.

"It's not just teaching music, it's teaching discipline, it's teaching constancy," Delgado says. "A lot of kids will quit the orchestra. When they leave they have to be part of society."

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