Education  Japan Project #14117

Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus

by Friends of El Sistema Japan
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Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
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Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus

Project Report | May 14, 2024
Soma's Graduates Stretching Their Wings

By Yutaka Kikugawa and Hiromi Koyama | Executive Director and Translator

Our programs in Soma have entered their 13th year, marking the arrival of yet another graduation season. This year, six orchestra members who have been dedicated participants since the program's inception, bid farewell as they graduate.

Youta, who plays horn, previously enageged with the Soma Children's Chorus during elementary and junior high school. Miyu  joined the violin section coinciding with the introduction of string instrument classes to all children in Soma. Risa (Cello), Shion (Viola and Clarinet),Miu (Violin), and Haoto (Violin & Flute)  have been enthusiastically participating since their days in the instrumental club at Nakamura Daiichi Elementary School, which later evolved into the Soma Children's Orchestra. 

Their passion for music from childhood, coupled with diligent practice, fostered rapid growth. However, as they progressed to junior high and high school, the demand from studies and club activities occasionally hindered their attendance at lessons.

Nevertheless, upon returning to weekend sessions after a long absence, they were warmly embraced by their peers and teachers. Their anticipation of grand stages such as the annual Soma Children's Music Festival, motivated their continued involvement in the orchestra. 

Within the Japanese educational landscape, it is not easy to navigate multiple roles in the orchestra and chorus, let alone balancing them with sports. However, in Soma, driven individuals are encouraged to pursue these challenges wholeheartedly.

Of course it requires exceptional effort but through various experiences, children can get rewards such as forging meaningful friendships, experiencing joy, and finding inspirations.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to graduates this year for their multifaceted contributions. As they embark on their individual journeys, we eargerly anticipate their continuous support for the orchestra in their hometown Soma, wheter as players or as part of the staff, at any time they choose to return.

Thank you for your cooperation to our effort in Soma.

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Friends of El Sistema Japan

Location: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo - Japan
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Project Leader:
Yutaka Kikugawa
Chiyoda-ku , Tokyo Japan

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