About Us

BRAVO Youth Orchestras –  inspired by El Sistema to improve the lives of underserved children through intensive orchestral instruction.

BRAVO at a glance

  • Play every day. Our students practice for two hours after school five days a week.
  • Talent doesn’t have a zip code. We bring music where it is needed most.
  • Together we are powerful. An orchestra works as a team. A really BIG team.
  • Children smiling, grown-ups crying.  Typical scene at a BRAVO concert.
  • Changing the world one string at a time. We build community through music.

BRAVO by the numbers

  • 350 hours of music training in a year
  • 75 students in our after-school program
  • 2 double basses in our string orchestra
  • 40+ Guest Artist visits in a year
  • 1,200 student snacks served per month
  • 40+ concerts presented each year
  • 1 Governor participated as Guest Conductor

A growing organization with a distinct mission

BRAVO balances the goals of social improvement and musical rigor. Please keep reading to learn more about our mission, our movement, and the committed people who make this organization thrive.

“I love playing in this orchestra!” – international violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg