Orchestras in Chorus

Providing ALL children with free and easy access to play music together and learn an instrument

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Ecole Elsa Triolet, Quartier de l'Alma, Roubaix
FR France
Web http://www.orchestres-en-choeur.fr/
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Concept

About the project Edit

Created in November 2011, the objective of theAssociation of Orchestras in Chorus is to provide all children regardless of their background free and easy access to play music together.

Inspired by Venezuelan Jose Abreu, founder of El Sistema, the Association of Orchestras in Chorus put in place a program called LE TRIOLET in the Alma district in Roubaix. Its mission is to bring about social change through music, just as Jose Abreu wanted to do.

Every Monday after class, children from la Grande Section and CP classes can participate in a choir and small percussions workshop.

Every Tuesday after class, children from CE1 and CE2 classes can participate in a violin orchestra workshop with 30 minutes of choir, 30 minutes of group violin lessons and 30 minutes of violin orchestra.

Two to three concerts will be organized during the school year to allow budding musicians the chance to perform in public.

Partnerships with regional artists were also put in place (Quatuor Sirius, La Chapelle des Flandres, etc.).

Themes

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Music has a direct impact on children. It promotes their development. It also has an indirect impact on their whole environment which includes friends, family and the neighbourhood.

As factor of exchange and openness towards others and the world, music is part of a child’s development process on an individual level (curiosity, openness, autonomy, knowledge, pleasure) and a collective one (reinforcing social connections, learning about citizenship, collective practices, belonging to the community).

By touching a child through our program, it is his or her entire environment that we touch.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Offering only choir and violin workshops the first year, Le Triolet hopes to quickly include string instruments and all instruments that make up a symphony orchestra.

In a larger and longer term vision, Orchestras in Chorus wants to open programs in other underprivileged Roubaix neighbourhoods, then in the larger North/pas-de-Calias region, and ultimately, on a national level.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Offering only choir and violin workshops the first year, Le Triolet hopes to quickly include string instruments and all instruments that make up a symphony orchestra.

In a larger and longer term vision, Orchestras in Chorus wants to open programs in other underprivileged Roubaix neighbourhoods, then in the larger North/pas-de-Calias region, and ultimately, across the country.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

As far back as I can remember, I have always dreamt of creating a “free music school” that was open and accessible to everyone and without conditions. I wanted violin and cello to be provided to all children. More than ever, not one of them could not say with regret, “It’s not for me!”

This project has been a long time in the making and enriched with much professional experience whether as Cultural Action Assistant of an opera, flute teacher in various associations, youth cultural centres and city schools or as music lecturer in daycares and primary schools.

To this discovering El Sistema and the work of Jose Abreu were added.

In June 2011, Quentin FOUCAUT, a teacher at Elsa Triolet school in the district of Alma in Roubaix, invited me to introduce the wooden flute to children in Cycle 3.

The children’s joy and pleasure touched me enormously, their interest and enthusiasm proven by their questions that made so much sense, as well as their desire to try playing the flute…

And it was at that moment that something clicked: it was time to turn my dream into a tangible project… and I will set it up in Roubaix in the district of Alma.

With happiness and determination and supported by eight wonderful people, I founded the Association of Orchestras in Chorus on October 20, 2011.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Orchestras in Chorus is based on El Sistema in Venezuela and operates solely on public and private subsidies, corporate sponsorship and donations by individuals.


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