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Las Cruces Youth Orchestras

The LCYO seeks to promote music as part of the cultural development in Las Cruces New Mexico, and the border region. Inspired by the philosophy of El Sistema, LCYO envisions social change through music that reaches young people with the fewest resources and the greatest need in its culturally rich communities.

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Las Cruces Youth Orchestra

Las Cruces Youth Orchestra was founded by the violinist and conductor Simon Gollo as a preparatory program of NMSU music department. The Las Cruces Youth Orchestras seeks to promote music as part of the cultural development in Las Cruces New Mexico, and the border region. Inspired by the philosophy of El Sistema, LCYO envisions social change through music that reaches young people with the fewest resources and the greatest need in its culturally rich communities.
by Dr. José Antonio Abreu

El Sistema

The El Sistema model encourages students to take ownership of their musical experience, fostering relationships with one another, and emphasizes that:

  • Every human being has the right to a life of dignity and contribution
  • Every child can learn to express music and art deeply and receive its many benefits
  • Overcoming poverty and adversity is best done by first strengthening the spirit
  • Effective education is based on love, approval, and community experience

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