Mozart Orchestra is a pre-orchestra class for kindergarten and first grade students. Three days per week, students participate in general music and pre-orchestra training. Two days per week, students participate in Community Building Enrichment, enhanced by the Dalcroze method of music education. These classes consist of group activities that help foster teamwork, listening, self-regulation, and responsibility as well as reinforcing their musical skills. There are three parts of the Mozart year: Musicianship, Paper Orchestra, and Instruments. Students will “graduate” from each part by showing mastery of both musical and social skills.

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Pilar Kelly, Music Director

Ms. Kelly has been a teaching artist with JQOP since November 2013. Ms. Kelly has over ten years of teaching experience with Batuta, a similar social change through music program in Colombia inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela. She is originally from Manizales, Colombia where she received a degree in Musical Studies with emphasis on Violin Performance from the Conservatory of Caldas University. She has participated in numerous workshops in the US and abroad and has experience playing with many prestigious and community orchestras such as Orquesta Nacional Batuta and the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra.

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Celia Zhang, Teaching Artist

Raised in Louisville, KY, Celia began learning the violin at age five. She joined the Preparatory Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and performing with the Starling Chamber Orchestra. After making her solo debut with the Louisville Orchestra at age 14, Celia completed a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the Juilliard School and Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Celia has performed in concerts throughout the United States, China and Europe. In addition to performing, Celia was a member of the Music in School’s Initiative in New Haven, and spent years working to provide music education to public-school children.

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Jennie Brent, Teaching Artist

Jennie Brent is a cellist and core member of Palaver Strings, a conductor-less orchestra in Boston. She is a passionate chamber musician and was the cellist of the Annellie String Trio for nine years. Jennie has performed chamber music concerts in venues such as Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, and The University of Hong Kong. She has attended a number of music festivals, including the Heifetz International Music Institute and Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. Jennie is an active cello teacher, having taught privately for over ten years, as well as through the Harmony Program, Festival de Musica in Colón, Venezuela, and Bridge Boston Charter School.

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Layth Sidiq, Teaching Artist

Layth Sidiq is a leading Middle-Eastern violinist. Born in Iraq and raised in Jordan, Layth started his musical training at the National Music Conservatory, and later studied at the Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester/UK. Layth also recently obtained his masters degree from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. During his career, Layth has had the honor of performing all around the world as a sideman in venues like Boston Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center, and Royal Albert Hall, as well as the Abu Dhabi festival, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and the premier of his original compositions at the Montreal Jazz Festival with his sextet. Layth currently directs the Arab Music Ensemble at Tufts University.

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