|An advanced oboe student giving a lesson outside|
|Violin class outside|
I was also able to take a look at archival pictures from the past three years of the project. In just these past couple of years, the top orchestra sure has given a lot of performances. They have toured internationally in New York City and Bolivia, nationally in Belo Horizonte and Vitoria, several cities within Rio de Janeiro state, and in squares and several churches here in Campos. I also just learned that they've just confirmed that in June they will be taking the top orchestra on tour through Portugal and the Azores.
|Fabiano teaching his violin class|
4 years ago, Fabiano and his family were in a serious car accident (on the "Highway of Death" that I talked about in a previous blog post) in which the car he was in was hit by a truck. His aunt was killed and he suffered a gash on his left hand, which caused the doctor to tell him that he would never be able to play the violin again. After a week of being absolutely devastated, he went to his teacher who told him that he couldn't not play the violin and predicted that he absolutely would be able to play again. After a while of rehabilitation and playing through pain, he was eventually able to fully recover. So for Fabiano, music has done amazing things in his life.
|Class in session even during a holiday!|
The day before, I'd met another older student named Antonio. He heard that I was a composer, so he wanted to show me some pieces that he had written, as he'd never had a composition lesson. I offered to give him a little informal composition lesson, although it was difficult because I am still learning the words for a lot of the musical jargon and terminology in Portuguese. I suggested that he gather a few violin friends together so that we could read through a piece for several violins that he is working on and I'd be willing to conduct it.
|Students in the top orchestra are all teachers as well|
Coming up at the end of this week and into the next is a little festival being held at the project. They are bringing in 3 teachers from El Sistema in Venezuela and several teachers from Sao Paulo to work with the kids, plus several concerts which should be great!