by Andrea Cassutt, Executive Director
Our students then are much like wild geese. They can look – and sound – a little chaotic as they take flight, in the early stages, until they learn and find recognizable formations – the structures of music, instrumentation and ensemble playing. Once they do, they rely on each other, and can also be drawn up and forward by the student playing beside or in front of them. Together they share the effort, work and play together, finding their way forward.
While we like to think of youth as a carefree time, we know more and more that kids struggle with many aspects of school, community and growing up. Music supports students in many ways and often helps a person find what it is they love, and learn what it means to love it. From this knowledge and love, excellence and art begin to emerge. Music itself, our coaches, conductors, and fellow musicians, can help a student weather and navigate personal happenings, even as life and the world simply move on.
And core to SFYSA’s mission is the last line of Mary Oliver’s poem:
We strive to make sure every student, every child interested in music, whether it be jazz, mariachi or orchestra, can find his, her or their place “in the family of things.”
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Our Mission is to inspire and engage the youth of Northern New Mexico's multicultural communities through excellent music education, the guidance of music professionals, and performance opportunities from small ensemble to full orchestra in Jazz, Mariachi and Orchestra.