2014 annual report2013-2014 Annual Report

We thank you for a very successful year. BRAVO’s 2013-2014 annual report is now available for download as a pdf.


Rosa Parks

"First instruments ever for Rosa Parks School" full story at KGW.com

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OregonBravo - Our Mission


Credit: Photo courtesy Kimberly Warner - Bravo Youth Orchestras - Social change through music
Credit: Photo courtesy Kimberly Warner

BRAVO transforms the lives of underserved youth through intensive classical music instruction emphasizing collaboration, promoting self-confidence, and creating a community where children thrive.


Inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela, BRAVO will establish in Oregon a network of youth orchestras for social change serving both urban and rural communities with a high concentration of poverty.


How to help


BRAVO Scholarship Fund

Photo credit Kimberley Warner - Marcus and friends
Credit: Photo courtesy Kimberly Warner
Your gift helps bring high-quality music instruction to children who need it most.


$25 Provides a set of strings

$50 Provides a bow

$100 - a stand and 2 chairs
$250 - one student violin outfit
$500 - one student cello outfit
$1,000 Sends the BRAVO orchestra on a field trip to the Symphony
$2,500 Supports one student for an entire year of rigorous, engaging music instruction




Photo credit Kimberley Warner - Omarion gets a viola lesson
Credit: Photo courtesy Kimberly Warner

BRAVO welcomes gifts of student-sized instruments in good condition. Please contact us for a list of current needs.


Bravo relies on musical and non-musical volunteers from the community.




Our movement


A Global Music Revolution

Founder of El Sistema, Jose Antonio Abreu

Established in 1975 by Jose Antonio Abreu, El Sistema is Venezuela’s national system of youth orchestras serving each year more than 400,000 children, over 80% of whom live in poverty.


El Sistema-inspired programs are now operating in more than 50 countries around the world, and there are over 75 affiliated programs in the United States. BRAVO is the first in Oregon.


Studies have shown that participation in El Sistema programs improves children’s outcomes in school attendance, academic performance, and even general health and wellbeing. Venezuela’s flagship program has positively impacted the lives of over 2 million children.


Our Program

BRAVO Rosa Parks

Photo credit Kimberly Warner - children's music education
Credit: Photo courtesy Kimberly Warner

BRAVO’s first project is a tuition- free classical music program for nearly 200 students at Rosa Parks School in North Portland, one of the district’s priority schools.

The project components include:

School day violin instruction for thirty minutes twice a week for all students in K-1 (approx. 150)

Daily afterschool string orchestra and chorus for forty students in grades 2-3 (10 hours/week)

Regular performance opportunities in the school, in the surrounding neighborhood and in the wider Portland metro area


Students at Rosa Parks School:



95% qualify for free or reduced lunch

18 languages spoken

Families from around the world





Our people

BRAVO Teaching Artists

Our instructors average 20 years of experience teaching music in Mexico, inner city Los Angeles, North Portland, and elsewhere. They are accomplished performers and educators committed to improving their community through music.

Community Partners

BRAVO’s key partnerships are with Portland Public Schools (Rosa Parks) and Regence Boys and Girls Club. Our other collaborators include Home Forward (Housing Authority of Portland), Metropolitan Youth Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, Portland State University, and the Portland Youth Philharmonic.



Our people

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