UACJ inaugurates Children’s Symphony Orchestra in Ciudad Juárez

Officials, professors and university students Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez gather with primary school children teachers and parents to kick off the new Children's Symphony Orchestra in Juárez. (Photo courtesy Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez)

Project aims to educate future musicians from childhood

Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

Two hundred Juárez primary school students received musical instruments this week in the first step toward formation of what will be formally known as the Children’s Symphony Orchestra of the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez.

Sponsored by Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts and overseen by the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, the effort will match students and graduates of the university’s music program with children in the community.

University Chancellor Carlos Javier Sánchez said the project will be one of the strengths of the university’s ongoing effort to develop the city’s social fabric in culture and the arts.

Carlos García, coordinator of the baccalaureate music program and artistic director of existing professional and youth orchestras at the university, also will be director of the new children’s symphony. He said the project is not just a is not just a social aesthetic and rescue program but an effort prepare musicians as they should be taught, from childhood.

“This project expects mainly to attract children to be musicians in the orchestra, and those who are not will be an audience listening to the symphony,” he said.

The ceremoney to initiate the project was held at the University arts center and was attended by parents and teachers of children from the primary schools Vicente Guerrero, Teofilo Borunda, 28 de octubre, Abraham González, Centro Escolar Revolución y Paso del Norte, esta última ubicada en el Valle de Juárez.

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