Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Notes Photos

The Vail Valley Foundation's newest Education Initiative, First Notes, made it's debut during the 2009 Vail International Dance Festival.

Enjoy a sneak peak of photos including actual Vail Valley second graders participating in First Notes earlier this summer. First Notes is slated to be introduced into Avon Elementary School, with a goal of serving 150 students this fall. The program teaches local second graders by putting instruments in their hands as part of a pilot after school program.

Also enjoy a collection of photos of El Sistema students performing at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater during the Vail International Dance Festival. Our Firs Notes program is modeled after El Sistema which now teaches music to 300,000 of Venezuela’s poorest children, demonstrating the power of ensemble music to dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of a nation’s youth while transforming the communities around them.

Several of El Sistema’s graduates now rank amongst the most coveted young talent in Europe, including conductor Gustavo Dudamel and double bass player Edicson Ruiz, who at the age of 17 became the youngest musician ever to join the Berlin Philharmonic.

With a similar goal as the Foundation’s current Celebrate the Beat program, First Notes represents yet another VVF initiative that will have a dramatic impact on the lives of our valley’s children.

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