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Youth orchestra receives community funding

Greater Milwaukee El Sistema students raise their bows after a class at Hadfield Elementary School.
Greater Milwaukee El Sistema students raise their bows after a class at Hadfield Elementary School.

Thanks to the generosity of local donors, children in second through fifth grades at Hadfield Elementary School will continue to receive classical music education with Greater Milwaukee El Sistema Orchestra.

Full scholarships cover music classes, instruments and related expenses. Students pay $25 per year; music training like this usually costs $2,000 per individual. Support for Greater Milwaukee El Sistema is provided by foundations and private donors.

Recent contributors gave through the Waukesha County Community Foundation, which matches philanthropic individuals and institutions with local charitable organizations.

The Edith Olsen Music Foundation, in partnership with Waukesha’s White House of Music, provides musical instruments, lessons and scholarships to underprivileged youth. The foundation continued its support of Greater Milwaukee El Sistema with a $5,000 gift.

A $1,000 donation was provided by the WaterStone Bank Fund, which aims to be a good neighbor and corporate citizen in the communities it serves through charitable giving.

The Bryce and Anne Styza Fund gave $1,203 for El Sistema’s tuition and registration campaign, which helps offer music education regardless of socio-economic status.

The Greater Milwaukee El Sistema Orchestra was established in 2011 in partnership with Carroll University, the School District of Waukesha and the White House of Music to provide music education for all children in the community. Based on the El Sistema (The System) program that was established in Venezuela and has become a global phenomenon, the goal is to cultivate positive, responsible citizens in a nurturing atmosphere that develops social and academic skills. Small group and ensemble training on musicianship and string instruments is taught three days per week at Hadfield Elementary School, with regular performances for the community. Now in its third year, the children’s orchestra is fully incorporated.

All donations are tax-deductible and provide students with professional teachers, high-quality instruments, music, musical resources, field trips, teacher education and training, and program leadership. Checks payable to Waukesha County Community Foundation with El Sistema on the memo line can be delivered to White House of Music, 2101 N. Springdale Rd., Waukesha, WI 53186; or the Waukesha County Community Foundation, 2727 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 122, Waukesha, WI 53188.

For more information, visit sistemawi.webs.com, call 262-278-8480 or email greatermilwaukee.sistema@gmail.com.

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