Rimsky Orchestra is the first-year ensemble. There will be a mix of students who have completed Mozart Orchestra and students who are new to JQOP. The majority of Rimsky students are in first and second grade. In the first semester, Rimsky students spend 3-4 days/week in sectionals and combine for orchestra on other days. In the second semester, students spend more time in orchestra and less time in sectionals. Team teachers will use orchestra time to work with small groups of students (or individuals) as needed.

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Yank’l Garcia, Director

Yank’l Garcia is a violist and board-certified music therapist from Miami, Florida. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music degree in music education at Boston University. Yank’l has previous experience working with El Sistema inspired programs, and is looking forward to continuing the goal of social transformation through music at Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program.

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Lisa Sailor, Teaching Artist

Lisa Sailer is a violist and certified Alexander Technique teacher originally from Washington, D.C.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Music in viola performance from The Boston Conservatory.  Lisa recently completed a three-year training course at Boston Conservatory at Berklee to become a certified Alexander Technique instructor. Because of her Alexander training, her music teaching emphasizes healthy playing, body awareness, and injury prevention. Lisa teaches music at several after-school and weekend programs around Boston and has been a guest lecturer and teaching assistant at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.

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Tania Mesa, Teaching Artist

Tania Mesa is a crossover-style violinist and singer from the Canary Islands, with a degree in classical violin performance (ESMUC- Barcelona) and extensive teaching experience. Tania toured for years with well-known artists such as Manolo García, and performed with Dream Theater and Alejandro Sanz. She also has performed with celebrated flamenco national dancers and musicians. In 2010, Tania recorded Spanish vocals for the Walt Disney Company film "Fucsia, the Mini Witch." Since 2007, she has been a member of The World Orchestra: Artists for the Peace (UNESCO) with whom she performs music and promotes race relations worldwide in large concert halls and in underserved communities.

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