Program Director, Community Music Program
Conductor and Coordinator, Musica nas Escolas
Diogo Pereira, conductor and social entrepreneur, embraces two passions: music and social justice. "I strongly believe that no child's talent should be defined by his or her zip code, and that music can be a tool to equalize opportunities."
As conductor, he has appeared in important venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Gammage, Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, etc. During the summer, Diogo develops curricula for the largest El Sistema-inspired program in Brazil. A native of Brazil, Diogo was fortunate to be part of the Sistema Fellows Program at NEC. He also holds a Masters Degree from The Conductors Institute at Bard College and a Doctoral Degree from Arizona State University.
In 2014, Diogo launched the Community Music Program in Phoenix, an innovative social initiative designed to use music to help young people in underfunded communities in greater Phoenix acquire positive values through the collective practice of music. The Community Music Program is a collaborative effort to bring high quality music making and instruction into the lives of some remarkable young people of South Phoenix, young people who would not otherwise have access to music.
Photo: Tito Brige de Carvalho