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Student Profile: Emory

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Emory is a 5th grader at Cesar Chavez School, now finishing her third year in BRAVO. She always wanted to play an instrument, especially the flute, which her aunt played. She wants to have music in her life, as she grew up with it in her home. Her favorite music is Chopin, Queen and David Bowie.

“BRAVO has taught me to play the flute, but also to be a better human.  It has made me less shy; I now have more friends and more social skills.  It helps me focus better at school.  And if I feel sad, I have something to look forward to. BRAVO also gives me something to talk about when I go home.  Playing the flute makes me feel special.”

“I’m glad I have something to come to. Sometimes I go to BRAVO when I’m tired or not feeling good and going to BRAVO makes me feel good. The teachers are really good and find music that we like.  Sometimes we play the same music too much, over and over, but then we get something new. I’m glad I’ve stuck with it. I like concerts because I like to play for people who want to hear kids play music.”

Emory wants to be a molecular gastronomist when she grows up. Her dad is teaching her how to cook. She admires both her parents a lot.  They are teachers. Her dad played saxophone and her mom used to play piano.

“BRAVO is amazing! I feel so lucky to have it in my school.  My twin brother Owen, who plays trombone, loves it just as much as I do.”

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Student Profile: Alessandro

Alessandro is a 5th grader at Sitton Elementary in his first year at BRAVO’s newest after-school program.  “I like being in BRAVO.  Both my mom and I are excited about it. I am not interested in playing sports. I tried violin, and I liked it but chose cello to try something different. I am also… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Lauren

Lauren is a 5th grader at Rosa Parks School, now in her fourth year as a BRAVO violinist.  She is from a very musical family and finds that her involvement with BRAVO has made her appreciate it much more. She has learned a a lot about different kinds of music, especially likes jazz and also… Continue Reading

BRAVO student profile: Joshua

  “I learned about BRAVO in first grade. No one can stop me; I’m gonna go.” So starts this conversation with 8 year old Joshua, a third grader at Cesar Chavez School. He is a flutist in his first year with BRAVO. He is from a musical family; one sister plays flute, another electric bass… Continue Reading

BRAVO student profile: Michael

  Michael is an 11 year old sixth grader at George Middle School.  This is his fifth year in the BRAVO After school program, and he loves his violin. He finds it entertaining. He also likes being pushed to work harder and learn more.  He particularly likes fast music, classical music and hip hop. Although… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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