Since its inception in August 2012, our program has blossomed into a well-respected El Sistema-inspired program serving 130 students annually through our different instructional opportunities.
Students in our community present formal concerts and recitals in addition to enjoying community outreach and public performances. WHIN students have performed in prestigious venues such as The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, El Museo del Barrio, The Cornerstone Center, The United Palace Theatre, Merkin Hall, the New York Society or Ethical Culture and the Morris-Jumel Mansion; have participated in prestigious festivals such as the Latin American Cultural Week, Uptown Arts Stroll and Make Music NYC; and joined with four other El Sistema-inspired núcleos for the first El Sistema NY/NJ Seminario with the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in partnership with Carnegie Hall and Orchestra of St. Luke's.
The strength of our program lies in the dedication of each of our families, the excellent training of our faculty, and the combination of El Sistema, Music Learning Theory, Suzuki, and Montessori philosophies. The secret of the worldwide success of these philosophies for education and social change is based on teamwork: communities, families, teachers, and children working together. Therefore, following El Sistema's motto, cantar, tocar y luchar (to sing, to play and to strive), everyone invovled in our program is working toward the collective goal of improving the quality of life and increasing opportunities for success within the whole community.
Parental/guardian involvement is required for all students under the age of 10 and all new students age 10+ for the first full year of instrumental instruction. This entails attending all private lessons, guiding the home practice, keeping track of assignments, and providing a positive learning environment.
Once your child is accepted to the program, WHIN provides instrument rental and purchase options. Please do not rent or purchase an instrument prior to your child being sized by his/her private teacher.
We are honored that you are considering having your child study in our program and we look forward to meeting you and your child.