TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH MUSIC
BRAVO Youth Orchestras is a dynamic new organization now in its fourth year, transforming the lives of underserved youth through intensive orchestral music education. Launched at Rosa Parks School in 2013, BRAVO will serve four priority schools in 2016–17, bringing daily choral and orchestral music instruction to schools that have not had music education for years. In partnership with Portland Public Schools, BRAVO will expand to all eight schools of the Roosevelt High School cluster in North Portland by 2020.
BRAVO students rehearse 10 hours per week and present over 40 concerts each year. Guest artists at BRAVO include world-class violinists Joshua Bell and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, cellist Alban Gerhardt, and dozens of other professionals. BRAVO’s young musicians have performed alongside the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Carlos Kalmar, presented concerts with international touring artists such as Metales 5 Mexican Brass, and played onstage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with the hip-hop / classical crossover duo Black Violin in 2016 for an enthusiastic audience of over 2,000.
BRAVO is inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s national program of social change through music. BRAVO is the first El Sistema-aligned program in Oregon.