Music Teacher, Boston Public Schools
Executive Director, Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program
Graciela’s El Sistema credits include founding the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood in 2011, and founding the Children’s Orchestra of DC (CODC) in 2013.
The JQOP provides more than 8 hours of weekly orchestral and general music instruction to 130 students in kindergarten through 6th grade. The program aims to teach students valuable social skills, including grit, responsibility, and teamwork. The CODC began with 22 students during after-school hours in Fall 2013, and partners with the DC Youth Orchestra Program (led by Elizabeth Schurgin ’11) to allow high school volunteers to gain teaching and leadership skills by serving as mentors to CODC student musicians.
In August 2014, Graciela returned to Boston to teach in the East Boston Early Education Center and begin a research project on the non-cognitive bene ts of El Sistema programs. She served as Education Consultant at the JQOP, a position that included teacher training and program evaluation, before becoming Executive Director in 2015.
Additionally, Graciela supports teacher training for two international El Sistema-inspired programs, Sistema Pilipino (Philippines) and Ghetto Classics (Kenya). She has presented on El Sistema fundamentals at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference and the Young Education Professionals Conference in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Diana Morales