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New El Sistema Colorado Video: The Paper Violin Orchestra

Watch the kindergarteners with their families at Garden Place Academy creating paper violins, used to teach basic violin techniques before receiving real violins. 73 kindergarteners graduated from the paper violin orchestra in February in front of over 250 proud family members!

El Sistema – Paper Violins from brigid mcauliffe on Vimeo.

Video produced by Brigid Mcauliffe and provided courtesy of The Piton Foundation.

El Sistema Colorado Spotlighted on Morning Edition

Photo by Nathan Heffel

El Sistema Colorado only launched two months ago at Garden Place Academy but there’s already a story to tell and the public radio affiliate in Greeley, Colorado, KUNC-FM, is telling it.

KUNC-FM featured El Sistema Colorado on NPR’s Morning Edition for March 15th. The story ran in both the 6am and 8am hours!  Hear the story at

Recently, third-grade participants in the El Sistema Colorado program at Garden Place Academy received violins, thanks to a generous donation from Colorado Public Radio. Below are some pictures documenting the first moments after the kids received their instruments. The pictures say it all.

Talking about how those darn cases openStrings of the heartCommitment pays offIt's almost as tall as I am!It's almost as tall as I am!

Photographs by Brigid Mcauliffe and provided courtesy of The Piton Foundation.