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Student Profile: Jadah

Jadah is a 4th grader at Rosa Parks School, now starting her third year in BRAVO. What she likes about BRAVO are the opportunities to play concerts, interacting with other kids that she might not otherwise meet, and getting the chance to choose a favorite instrument. She started on violin, then switched to cello, and she is especially interested in piano.  Jadah will be starting piano lessons soon, through BRAVO’s partnership with the Snowman Foundation. She also likes to sing. 

Jadah likes to play at different places: universities, churches, the library, government buildings. Her favorite music is what she hears on the radio. When asked if BRAVO has helped her, besides learning music and different instruments, she said that playing two hours a day helps her sleep better. Jadah’s mom, who used to play clarinet, wants her to go to a performing arts high school, is interested in her progress, attends her concerts, and helps her improve. 

Jada wants to be a gymnast, a singer, and  a pianist.  “BRAVO makes me happy because I have an activity to go to.  it encourages me to do better, and inspires me.  I have a group I can trust,” she says.   The people she admires most are her mom and Beyoncé.

Keep practicing all those instruments Jadah, and sweet dreams!

profile by Bonnie Reagan

portrait by Rich Kolbell

Student Profile: Kaniah

“I love BRAVO because it’s an opportunity to meet new people and you get to do different things like going to concerts, going on field trips, playing music in front of people.” This 5th grade cellist at Rosa Parks is in her second year with BRAVO. She likes playing for people because the practice makes… Continue Reading

BRAVO welcomes husband and wife teaching team from Venezuela

TOP VENEZUELAN MUSICIANS JOIN PORTLAND’S MUSIC COMMUNITY After successful careers in their home country, husband and wife team bring years of teaching and performing experience to BRAVO Youth Orchestras BRAVO is delighted to announce the hiring of Giancarlo Castro D’Addona and Marian Gutierrez as Teaching Artists.  Executive Director Seth Truby says, “We are extremely delighted to have… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Ja-Angelo

A 4th grader at Cesar Chavez School, Ja-Angelo is in his first year studying trumpet in the Teresa Carreño Wind Ensemble. At the year-end celebration for BRAVO Cesar Chavez, he and his mother Isabel shared a table with BRAVO Executive Director Seth Truby and related how studying music has changed things not just for Ja-Angelo, but for the whole… Continue Reading

BRAVO Profile: Maite

Maite is a 10 year old 5th grade student at Cesar Chavez School. Although she is growing up with music in her house, she is the first in her family to play an instrument. She used to sing in a choir, and is delighted now to have the opportunity to play in a band and… Continue Reading

BRAVO Profile: Davina

Davina, a 7th grader at George Middle School, is in her 4th year studying violin. She loves BRAVO because she gets to express her feelings through music. Her favorite composer is Bach. When she joined BRAVO, she started learning about her family members from Cuba who were musicians. Her great grandfather played violin, her great grandmother… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Symone

Symone is a 10 year old flute player in the 5th grade at Cesar Chavez School, and this is her first year in BRAVO. She likes playing her flute and wants to learn the clarinet as well. She memorizes all her music. “It’s fun hangng out with other people. It makes me happy. I really… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Jasper

  Jasper is in his first year of BRAVO, playing clarinet at Cesar Chavez School. He is 8 years old and in 3rd grade. He is very happy to be learning how to read music and to play an instrument. His mom used to play the accordion and his great grandpa played violin. He is… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Esmeralda

  Her hands move like dancers, seamlessly forming the hand symbols for DO RE MI, the singing language the Rosa Parks Elementary School BRAVO students learn for reading music. The language is called solfége, and Esmeralda started learning it as an eight year old in third grade, in BRAVO’s very first class. With the music… Continue Reading

Partner Profile: Sgt. Jim, the Piano-playing Policeman

Sgt. Jim Quackenbush has a number of prominent tattoos, which is probably unusual for a police officer.  Even more unusual is what those tattoos are: he proudly wears composer Frederic Chopin on one forearm and Ludwig van Beethoven on the other. A second generation public servant, Jim is also a highly trained classical pianist. He has performed… Continue Reading