National Take A Stand Festival

Congratulations to our students Cris Z. and Sofia G. on getting accepted into the National Take a Stand Festival in Los Angeles, CA!


On July 15th, 2017, Cris and Sofia will be traveling to California to take part in a 7-day national youth orchestra camp where world-renowned conductors, guest artists, and master teachers will be teaching and mentoring students from across the United States! The project "aims to develop a model for excellence and a national community of citizen musicians from historically excluded populations in the United States." Better yet, at the end of the week, Cris and Sofia will be able to take part in a final performance led by LA Phil Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (check out the fancy pipe organ to the right)! 

They will be staying at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, CA where they will have access to the school's state of the art Performing Arts Center and then end the week in Downtown Los Angeles to perform! 

The video below is a look back at 2016's festival and an insight to what our students have to look forward to:


This year, the festival selected 100 musicians from a pool of 450! Students between the ages of 12-18 in at least his or her second year of a music program (inspired by El Sistema or demonstrating a dedication to social change and youth development through instrumental education) could apply to take part in the festival.

Cris and Sofia had to record a video talking about their involvement with Music Haven and what they love most about it. They also had to submit an audition tape of a scale, a solo piece and an orchestral excerpt. 

Photo Credit: Rebecca Frey

Photo Credit: Rebecca Frey

We are so proud and excited for the both of you and we wish you the best on this amazing opportunity! 

Take a look at their journey here

Published By: Karina Irizarry

When asked about being accepted, Cris said he "was surprised to be honest. I didn't think I would get in!" 

Sofia says she is "looking forward to playing with Dudamel" and is "excited to see what techniques he has in store." They both can't wait to see the city and meet new musicians!

Photo Credit: Rebecca Frey

Photo Credit: Rebecca Frey