Sistema Kingston aspires to bring social change to inspire children to reach their full potential as students, musicians and citizens.

SISTEMA KINGSTON

Queen’s Community Music, in partnership with The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) and Limestone District School Board, was excited to launch Sistema Kingston in the Fall of 2015 - an intensive after school music program for at‐risk children that focuses on positive social change through the pursuit of musical excellence. Through free, group centered music instruction, Sistema Kingston emphasizes inclusivity and teamwork, builds personal persistence, and fosters creativity and personal responsibility in all of its activities. Using the Venezuelan El Sistema as its model, Sistema Kingston aspires to bring social change to inspire children to reach their full potential as students, musicians and citizens.

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MISSION: To provide an intensive after school program that focuses on positive social change through the pursuit of musical excellence.

VISION: To give at-risk children in the Kingston area the opportunity, through intensive music learning, to reach their full potential as individuals, musicians and citizens.

About SISTEMA KINGSTON

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We embrace the five principles of Venezuelan El Sistema

  • Social Change – Social transformation through the pursuit of musical excellence. One happens through the other and neither is prioritized at the expense of the other.
  • Ensembles – The focus is on the group experience (orchestral/choral/percussion) and working toward a common goal. Peer mentoring is integral to the experience.
  • Frequency – El Sistema ensembles meet multiple times every week for multiple hours at a time over extended periods.
  • Accessibility – El Sistema programs are free and inclusive to all.
  • Connectivity – El Sistema programs foster connectivity between students, teachers and families to build stronger communities. El Sistema programs are linked at the community, regional and national levels, forming a cohesive network of services, resource sharing collaborative opportunities and advocacy in support of each other.

  • STUDENTS

    19

  • INSTRUMENTS

    30

  • EMPLOYEES

    5

  • VOLUNTEERS

    16

Who We Are

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Karma Tomm

Program Director
Karma Tomm maintains a multi-faceted career as a music administrator, teacher, adjudicator, and performing violinist. She has performed professionally with orchestras and ensembles of various sizes and toured North America, Europe and Asia, participating in several international READ MORE
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Sean Corcoran

Site Coordinator
Sean Corcoran brings a wealth of artistic administrative experience, having worked with the Canadian Music Centre, The Music Gallery, Classical 96.3FM (Toronto) and the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. Recently, Sean served as Assistant Director for the Banff Centre’s Workshop for Jazz READ MORE
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Don Dawson

Head Teaching Artist
Violin/Viola
An award-winning arts educator with over 30 years teaching experience, Don’s latest educational journey is as the Head Teaching Artist for Sistema Kingston. Previously he taught for 13 years in the Limestone District School Board’s highly regarded Limestone Education through the Arts Program (LEAP), a program he READ MORE
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Daphne Kennedy

Teaching Artist
Cello
Local Kingston cellist Daphne Kennedy has a deep-rooted passion for music education. Beginning with piano lessons at a young age, she later studied the violin in grade 7 at the LEAP program (Limestone Education through the Arts Program). She later switched to cello, and her love of large musical instruments READ MORE
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Julien Bouchard

Teaching Artist
Drumming/Percussion
Julien Bouchard is a musician and teacher from Moncton, New Brunswick. Julien has completed a Bachelor of Music in Percussion from l’Université de Moncton, has become a certified Healthrhythms facilitator, as well as an ESL teacher. These certifications have allowed him to spend 4 years with the READ MORE

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

We would like to thank everyone who supports Sistema Kingston on our journey to success.

Sistema Kingston also appreciates the generous support of over 60 individual donors

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