22 Jan NBYO / Sistema NB
Over a decade ago, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) adapted a transformational music education program, “El Sistema”, from Venezuela with the goal of creating social change for young people throughout the province. In Venezuela, “El Sistema” provides free music education to more than 400,000 children and has produced some of the best musicians in the world. The NBYO launched Sistema New Brunswick (NB) in one centre with 50 children, and today delivers orchestral music education to more than 1,100 children across 10 centres offering Sistema NB in both languages, to First Nations communities, newcomers to Canada and to at-risk youth. Despite the pandemic, Sistema programs continue to operate, connecting students with instructors and fellow musicians virtually. Sistema NB is the largest employer of professional musicians in Atlantic Canada. The McCain Foundation is proud to be a long-term supporter of this ground-breaking initiative.