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Founder & Executive Director, Revolution of Hope
Roxbury, Massachusetts             

The El Sistema-inspired Revolution of Hope, home of the Roxbury Youth Orchestra, strengthens individual youth competencies that promote pro-social, anti-aggressive, and civically minded behaviors. The goals within this mission are to strengthen executive function skill development through collective musical ensemble learning, as well as to increase social capital through development of strong pro-social relationships with peers, parents, and other adults. An additional goal is to promote civic engagement of Roxbury youth through the development of problem-solving and leadership skills that can be transferred to out-of program contexts.

David founded Revolution of Hope in 2013, starting with just a handful of students at Roxbury’s Dearborn Middle School. Under his leadership, the program has grown to serve 16 students (as of 2014), with four teaching artists and three volunteers providing 15 hours of music instruction per week. Revolution of Hope offers group lessons on violin, viola, and cello, as well as string orchestra. In 2014, the orchestra has been invited to perform at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Hubspot's national Conference Inbound 2014, and local community centers. In the spring of 2014, Revolution of Hope launched a professional development series that serves teachers in New England who work with El Sistema-inspired programs.

David is also recognized for his presentations on and writing about El Sistema. He has presented at Music Tech Fest, Northeastern University, Eastern Illinois University, Longy School of Music at Bard College, New England Conservatory, SXSW V2V, the Together Boston Festival, and TEDx Fenway.