The Paper Orchestra Program is a student’s first encounter with both their instrument and participation in a performing ensemble. The students will go through this program from Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day to complete this introductory program. During that time they learn each part of their instrument, proper posture, regular care, and basic techniques like bow holds, rest and ready positions, and so on.


Our vacation week program is offered to students between the ages of 4 and 9, (Grades K – Grade 3). They will be broken up into age groups during the Musicianship and Instrumental Technique segments of the day. (see daily schedule below)

The paper orchestra is more than a vehicle to learn about one’s instrument, it is a full performing ensemble. Once the instruments are complete, the students learn songs that demonstrate their new knowledge. During this period of the paper orchestra program, they also learn to follow simple conducting patterns, and perform their songs as a group.” – Quote from the El Sistema Minnesota Paper Orchestra Program

Our instructors will include David Hurtado (El Systema / NEMPAC Instructor & Cellist), a Longy School of Music Teaching Artist, one instructor from the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Program Dates: February 16th to February 20th, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. John School Cafeteria
Ages 4 to 9 (Grades K to Grade 3)
Cost: $250 (Children must enroll for the entire week of the program.)

Orientation Day – Saturday, February 15th from Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Parents are invited to help with the construction of the instruments and for an informational session on ‘what it means to be involved in a youth orchestra’.
Sample Daily Schedule:
8:30 Welcome / Warm-Up Games

9:15 Musicianship

10:15 Break

10:30 Instrument Construction

12:00 Instrument technique (bow hold, posture, etc)

1:00 Dismiss

Performance & Share Session – Friday, February 20th, at 12:30 p.m.

Children celebrate the conclusion of the Paper Orchestra Program by sharing what they’ve learned with Family & Friends at this special performance!!


Interested in having your child participate in this truly innovative program?!