BRIDGES: Harmony Through Music is an intensive after-school program that seeks to develop the intellectual, social, and personal identities of children and youth through the pursuit of musical excellence. BRIDGES is built on the belief that no child should face barriers to opportunity and success and is open to students from all backgrounds with a special focus on students from underserved, non-English speaking backgrounds. We embrace, engage, and support parents and families in the hopes of helping to build a strong, inclusive, and artistic community full of hope and opportunity. BRIDGES launched in October 2013 at Cunningham Park Elementary in Vienna, VA.
We are proud to be recognized as a Friend of the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs, a powerful network of members who are constantly striving to create a more level playing field for children facing economic and social challenges and to give them skills and opportunities they need to overcome them.
Goals & Objectives
Provide intensive, creative instruction including orchestral and choral ensemble experience for under-served children within a joyful, safe, and supportive atmosphere of high musical quality at limited financial expense to the student.
Create an environment where children and families from diverse cultures and socioeconomic realities feel welcomed, loved, and respected.
Offer educational support and healthy, enjoyable community building opportunities for families in the program.
Empower young musicians to see themselves as lifelong music makers with tools for creating success and beauty
We are proud to have the support of many organizations in our local community as well as from outside of it. All of the entities have helped us in some way that has had an impact on our program mission.