The McBurney Fellowship’s mandate is to make a significant contribution to improving the health and social conditions of poor and marginalized populations in Latin America through the delivery of concrete and measurable interventions or service-based projects.
As a current McGill doctoral student in cello performance and as a McBurney Fellow, my activities in Colombia were oriented and structured around two main areas: music pedagogy and music performance. My time in Colombia was divided into two separate residencies. The first one was held over a period of a month in the mountain town of Manizales at the Batuta Caldas Foundation, a government/private funded program whose primary purpose is to improve social conditions of marginalized children through an after school music education program. The second residency was in Bogota where I worked with Tocar y Luchar, a relatively new organization modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema which provides intensive orchestral training to marginalized children of various ages. While in Bogota, I also collaborated with the Conservatorio de Musica de la Facultad de Artes, a government funded institution with limited resources that provides musical training to children up to college students.
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