Santa Barbara, California
Xochitl began working for the Incredible Children's Art Network in 2011 as a Strings Teaching Artist, and returned as the Associate Director of Music Program following her year as a Sistema Fellow. In 2014, Xochitl became the Director of the Music Program. Under her leadership, iCAN served 160 students in the music program, providing 12 hours of instruction per week including a string instrument, choir, instrumental sectionals, musicianship, theory and solfege. All classes are designed to strengthen musicality and provide an opportunity for children to study a diverse and global repertoire. iCAN employs ten music teaching artists, and is supported by eight volunteers through a mentorship program. In 2014, iCAN created a joint summer camp called Youth Arts Collective where students created their own art projects and music compositions for a summer solstice festival.
iCAN is also active in collaborations with other El Sistema-inspired program in the Southern California region. In May 2014, Xochitl helped to coordinate a seminario with New West Symphony Harmony Project (led by Andrea Landin ’13), bringing together students from Ventura and Santa Barbara through improvisation.
Xochitl left her position at iCAN in March 2016 to pursue consulting and research projects related to best practices of El Sistema-inspired programs.