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Upbeat New Hampshire

Eight years ago, when Upbeat New Hampshire (formerly “Sinfonietta Strings”) was formed, we were inspired by “El Sistema.” El Sistema began in Venezuela 40 years ago when Dr. Abreu created a model of how a music program can both create great musicians and dramatically change the life trajectory of thousands of children.


El Sistema is a social change/youth development program that uses ensemble music to enable every child to experience being an asset within her or his community. El Sistema develops responsible, joyful, contributing citizens. Students feel an ownership of the music making process, taking responsibility for both individual and group improvement. The orchestra acts as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition between individuals is replaced by shared aspiration and investment.


An orchestra is a place for students to learn to listen and respect one another. Smaller ensembles of many kinds adopt the same group-minded ethos. We are proud that, following review of our program, El Sistema USA has named Upbeat New Hampshire as a member.


Upbeat New Hampshire works in partnership with the Nashua School District and our fiscal agent, United Way of Greater Nashua. There is no cost to the school district and is funded through private donations and grants.  Upbeat promotes social learning and good study skills by enabling a student to be part of a group of peers working as a team. We begin string instruction in elementary school in group lessons with just three to a group. Students may continue string lessons through to senior year of high school. In addition, students may participate in larger string ensembles or a string orchestra. The ensembles are open to all string students in the Greater Nashua community. Visit for more information.


Our sincerest thanks to the United Way of Greater Nashua for their support and guidance.


Upbeat New Hampshire is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. Support comes also from the Nashua Education Foundation, Nashua Rotary, Nashua Arts Commission, New Hampshire Charitable Trust, United Way, Rotary West, Ella F. Anderson, BNY Mellon, N.A., Trustee, Harvard Club of New Hampshire, City of Nashua Citizen’s Advocacy Commission, Agnes Lindsay Trust, D’Addario Foundation, Marine Family Foundation.

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