BRAVO welcomes Alonzo Chadwick as our new Executive Director

The BRAVO Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Mr. Alonzo Chadwick will be our new Executive Director starting on April 5.  He was hired as the unanimous choice of the board after a national search lasting many months. Our founding Executive Director Seth Truby will stay on staff as our Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives to keep raising funds to strengthen and expand our programs.

Alonzo says, “The consistent lanes in my life over the last fifteen years are music, youth, family engagement, social justice and community partnerships. It was amazing to see all these puzzle pieces come together in this position with BRAVO, and that’s one reason I knew this was the right step.”

One of Portland’s best-known male vocalists, he is the band leader of Zoulful Muzic which performs for thousands of people every year. He also has many years of experience working with children and families at respected nonprofits including Self-Enhancement Inc.Black Parent Initiative and Metropolitan Family Services. He grew up right here in North Portland, attended John Ball Elementary (which closed when Rosa Parks School was built) and Portsmouth Middle (now César Chávez), and graduated from Jefferson High School. Alonzo has decades of history in our community as well as a broad network of fellow professional musicians and nonprofit administrators.

“I’m grateful for the chance to connect with my roots in the very place where I grew up. I want to provide opportunities for kids in the same situation I was in,” he says.

BRAVO Board President and co-founder Bonnie Reagan says of Alonzo, “His extensive nonprofit experience, his special interest in youth and family engagement, his deep connection to the community we serve, and his passion about making student voices heard make him exactly the kind of leader we need for the next phase of BRAVO’s development.”

He has been a BRAVO Guest Artist several times, and many of our students have heard him perform solos at the Gospel Christmas Concert with the Oregon Symphony at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. He knows our program well and is excited about what we can accomplish together in the years ahead.  

We are eager for you to meet Alonzo in the coming months. There will be chances for him to visit our online classes this spring, and we hope to plan an outdoor celebration in person when it is safe to do so. 

You can hear Alonzo’s introductory words to our community at Crossing Borders on April 18. More information and free registration link here.

CANCELED – April 19, 2:00pm: BRAVO at Central Library

BRAVO was psyched to be invited to perform at downtown Portland’s Central Library!  Our first-year strings from BRAVO Rosa Parks were scheduled to take the ‘stage’ in the Collins Gallery on the third floor.  But PPS school closures, and Multnomah County library closures, will preclude that.  We hope to have an opportunity to do this… Continue Reading

What Music Are You Made Of?

This spring, Joe Kye asked BRAVO students and teachers “What Music Are You Made Of?” See all their delightful and surprising answers over on BRAVO’s Instagram page here. Then make a gift to support our young musicians on GoFundMe here. Continue Reading

Virtual Pipes Benefit Concert – April 12, 12:30pm: FaceBook Live organ recital

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February 28, 4:15pm: BRAVO at Terwilliger Plaza

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February 21, 12:00pm: BRAVO at OHSU

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February 15, 3:00pm: BRAVO returns to CFAF

  BRAVO is pleased to be performing at the 30th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films Family Day once again, this year known as the Family Fest Matinee. Catch us at 3:00 before a series of six short films from South Africa, Egypt, and Eritrea. Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:00-3:30 – BRAVO performance window; 3:30-5:00… Continue Reading

February 9, 2:40pm: BRAVO with Bravo!

BRAVO Youth Orchestras is delighted to join Bravo! Concerts Northwest for their Tango Concert!  It’s a rare and novel occasion for BRAVO to work with Bravo!  Our Spalding string orchestra from BRAVO George will play a prelude at 2:40, another piece at the top of the show (at 3:00), and will play in the finale… Continue Reading