Music Teacher, Boston Public SchoolsGraciela Briceno

Education Consultant, Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program

Boston, Massachusetts


Graciela Briceno began her classical music studies on the viola at age ten and music teaching career shortly thereafter. Her passion for multicultural education led her to Mount Kenya Academy, where she coordinated a strings program of 125 students in the town of Nyeri. After completing the Sistema Fellows Program, Graciela founded the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. Under her directorship, JQOP grew to serve over 100 children with seven hours of weekly orchestral and general music instruction. In 2013, Graciela started Children's Orchestra of D.C., a daily after-school orchestra program for students at Garrison Elementary School in Washington. 

In addition to teaching music, Graciela works as a teacher trainer for El Sistema-inspired programs, including Sistema Pilipino (Philippines) and Ghetto Classics (Kenya). She has presented on El Sistema fundamentals at the Massachusetts Music Educators Conference and Young Education Professionals Conference in D.C. As a violist, Graciela has performed with the Boston University Orchestra, Royal College of Music Orchestra in London, Nairobi Orchestra, and Brookline Symphony Orchestra. 

Graciela holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from Boston University. She currently lives and teaches in Boston.

Article for Massachusetts Music Educators Association


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