Quarterly Report (Jan- Mar)

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  Executive Director’s  Report, FY2018, Q1 January 1  –  March 31 The following report highlights activities undertaken by PRAA during the first quarter of FY18:  I.   LATIN MUSIC PROJECT (LMP) a.   Program Lessons : (Cuatro, Spanish Guitar, and Violin) [JOSE AND ZABDIEL]  In January we started the spring program in which we were able to recruit over 20 students for our classes. Added with the students already taking classes from the fall program, we have a total of 78 students attending lessons at LMP. We added Kevin Toler to teach the new spring guitar class. For Little Genius class we hired Florina Cupsa who was already teaching with us at Stowe. 9 different sessions of violin, guitar & cuatro lessons are being held in our new space on the 2 nd  floor of the U.S. Bank in 2 different rooms and we are in the process of preparing a 3 rd  room for lessons. We started the year off teaching at 7 CPS schools. As spring started we added Monroe to our spring schools and started a partnership with ASPIRA to add up to a total of 9 schools. Currently we partner with Azuela, Belmont Cragin, Edwards, Madero, Monroe, Columbia Explorer, Stowe, Mary Lyon & ASPIRA. In total we are teaching almost 500 students. In Mary Lyon, we completed successfully our 8 week program and held a concert in the school auditorium where we had a full house with students from 7 th  & 8 th  grade. Among the people attending we had All of the 7 th  & 8 th  grade students and teachers as well as the school principal Mr. Gabor. We are currently preparing to perform our achievement concert at LMP for LMP students and our end of year CPS concert at Roberto Clemente High School. b.   Latin Music Project Parent Committee [JOSE AND ZABDIEL]  Our new staff person, Steph Meza has helped us organize and begin having monthly meetings with parents. In the past meeting we discussed logistics of upcoming events, sort out chaperones, who will handle food as well as organize a list of all upcoming 20 th  anniversary activities and performances in which they will be involved. Parents are in the process of meeting with Juan Mendez to discuss scholarships for the ensemble members. c.   Latin Music Project Ensemble [JOSE AND ZABDIEL]  The LMPE has continued to update it’s  repertoire to include different types of latin music and sound more like an srcinal group. We have received the opportunity to do a simple recording at Harold Washington  College and the main focus has been starting to work on new music just for that. In a partnership with the Lyric Opera, renown director of the Purto Rico symphony orchestra Roselin Pabon, young cuatrista Carlos Cabrera and guitarist Hermelindo Ruiz will be visiting the LMP in the near future to provide a masterclass that will benefit all of the students at LMP. Since we are celebrating PRAA 20 th  anniversary the ensemble has a good amount of performances coming up including Earth Day at Humboldt Park, Harold Washington College Music Festival, Youth Performance Showcase at Navy Pier among others. d.   Spring Latin Music Program [JOSE AND ZABDIEL] Spring session has started at LMP and we opened a new violin and guitar session. Classes are being held on evenings from Monday through Wednesday. Currently we are running various weekly lessons including our violin, guitar & cuatro classes for beginning and intermediate students as well as 2 weekly rehearsals of the LMPE. Our current enrollment is almost 80 students attending our weekly sessions.  e.   Other [JOSE AND ZABDIEL] We have a new staff person Steph Meza joining the LMP, helping out with different tasks such as organizing the space, updating inventory, making phone calls to schools & parents and taking pictures of different activities related to LMP such as classes and concerts. There has been more presence of the LMP in social media including short clips of rehearsals and pictures of the work we are doing.
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