Bravo Waterbury is a cutting edge social development and music education program for students at Children’s Community School and Brass City Charter School in Waterbury, Connecticut.


An education program of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, Bravo is inspired by Venezuela’s “music education miracle” known as El Sistema, a program for social change started over 35 years ago by economist and musician José Antonio Abreu.


Bravo students study music five days a week for up to three hours a day. Additionally students receive homework tutoring, physical activity, and a host of social development projects throughout the year.


Bravo students are engaged physically, mentally, and emotionally through creative expression. Currently 200 of Waterbury’s most vulnerable students participate in this intensive free educational program.

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Bravo Waterbury with Charmaine Polidori and Ira Kirkland

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Recent Events


Stamford Seminario

March 30 – April 1, 2015
Stamford CT
Students from Bravo Waterbury! represented Waterbury, Connecticut at the Stamford Seminario in Stamford, CT. Our students worked with students at King Leywood Thomas School, students from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Orchkids, and students in Project Music, Connecticut’s newest El Sistema program. Bravo students worked intensely with peers and teaching artists making music and learning how to work together.

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Woodwinds Class

Bravo Waterbury! and Baltimore Orchkids Working Together

February 7 – 21, 2015
Bravo has created and participated in numerous collaboratve projects since it began in 2012. Calida Jones, Bravo’s Program Director, and Daniel Trahey, Artistic Director of Orchkids in Baltimore, have worked together closely the past four years to create exciting and inspiring musical experiences for the students in Waterbury. The students’ work culminated in a performance on Saturday, February 21, 12:30 PM at the PAL Learning Center in Waterbury.

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