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ALEGRO – Associação Musical Alegro to give the full name is a Brazilian Registered Charity with the registry number CNPJ 24.962.515/0001-30
[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”What does ALEGRO do?”] ALEGRO is an educational project bringing classical music education to young people in Curitiba, Brazil. The key elements of the project are the AYO – Alegro Youth Orchestra (OJA – Orquestra Jovem Alegro) which gives young musicians (*under 29 years of age) the opportunity to play in an Orchestra and study with leading international musicians and maestros.

ALEGRO also supports “Educational Hubs” (Núcleos de Ensino) where children are given a structured classical music education and instruments to play on. ALEGRO project is inspired by the El Sistema model of music education pioneered by Maestro Jose Abreu and is more specifically inspired by the NEOJIBA project in Bahia which is, in our opinion one of the most successful and finest examples of the El Sistema model anywhere in the world. For more information on El Sistema we recommend the following links.

Introduction to El Sistema

TED Talk about El Sistema
[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Where is ALEGRO based?”]ALEGRO is based in Curitiba, capital of Parana state in the south of Brazil and we have two educational hubs in Piraquara and Almirante Tamandare where we teach over 200 children.

Please visit the ‘Contact us’ page for our addresses.[/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”What is the AYO?”]The AYO – Alegro Youth Orchestra (OJA – Orquestra Jovem Alegro) is the flagship orchestra of the ALEGRO project. The Orchestra is open to anyone under the age of 29 and auditions take place annually in March. The Orchestra performs a series of concerts annually some of which are ‘Educational Concerts’ – less formal educational concerts for school children with aim of broadening access to classical music and inspiring young people to learn to play. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Is ALEGRO a social project?”] Yes and No. ALEGRO works on the basis of ‘Social Integration’ as opposed to ‘Social inclusion’ – The project is open to everyone from any background and admission to the Orchestra is based entirely on merit. Because our NUCLEOS de ensino are based in communities with significant socio-economic challenges there is a strong ‘social’ element to the project and the chance to study classical music has a profoundly positive effect on the young people in the hubs. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”What does it cost to join ALEGRO?”] It is free for students to play in the AYO or study in the educational hubs. ALEGRO also provides instruments, help with transport costs and free lunches for the students in the projects. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”Can I visit ALEGRO?”]Yes! We are happy for people to visit our educational hubs or attend rehearsals of the orchestra. Please make contact with us beforehand so we can make arrangements for your visit. [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”How can I get involved?”]If you would like to get involved with the project, please visit whichever of the following links is relevant – volunteer or  teach/play [/learn_more] [learn_more caption=”How can I support ALEGRO?”]

There are many ways to support ALEGRO either through voluntary work, donations of instruments or financial help.  For more information on how you can help please follow the following link – Support
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