Kidznotes students Alan Cota-Leja (percussionist), Kiarra Truitt-Martin (violist), and Marcus Gee (cellist) have been selected to participate in the National Take A Stand Festival Orchestra at Bard College in New York, Aug. 16-20. All three are students in the Durham Public Schools. They will have the opportunity to perform with other El Sistema programs from all across the nation.
Take A Stand is an El Sistema program developed by Bard College and the Los Angeles Philharmonic that aims to change the face of music education in the United States. By offering young people the opportunity to learn from exceptional musicians, become ambassadors of their programs, and – for many – travel out of state for the first time, the project aims to develop a model for excellence and a national community of citizen musicians from historically excluded populations in the United States.