BRAVO SCHOLARSHIP FUND
$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
DONATE AN INSTRUMENT
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.
A Global Music Revolution
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.
BRAVO Rosa Parks
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
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.
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.