King Music Residency: Building and Connecting Communities Through Music

King is excited to host its fourth El Sistema Residency, in which talented musicians from the Baltimore OrchKids, Bravo Waterbury, Archipelago Project, and Stamford's PROJECT MUSIC programs collaborate with King's Middle School and Upper School students for an intensive music workshop. The continued focus of the residency is to inspire a connection between communities of different socioeconomic backgrounds, by using the music ensemble as the vehicle with which to communicate with one another.

Educational Objectives:

  • Demonstrate to students music's reflection on cultural identity through study and performance of a variety of styles.
  • Use the ensemble as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition is replaced by a collective desire to achieve a common goal.
  • Teach students how to fuse music from numerous styles and cultures into new compositions and unique concerts.

Musical Themes:

Brazilian Music & Collective Composition
This year King is excited to bring 4 guest artists from the NEOJIBA program in Salvador, Brazil to teach us more about Brazilian music. The selections will range from large ensemble and choir pieces to street-style marching samba music. More information on Neojiba can be found at and Orquestra Juvenil de Bahia(Video)

Collective Composition

Collective Composition is an opportunity for people to come together and creatively explore and express their stories, ideas and emotions through music. Collective Composition emphasizes the creation and performance of music as something that all people can access, and offers shared experiences through which individuals, communities, and culture can strengthen and expand. Led by Dan Trahey, Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony's OrchKids, students will use themes inspired by the Brazilian guest artists to create their own original compositions. Valid: 2017 Composition


On Wednesday, March 28th, the 3 day residency will culminate with a full day of performing. There will be 3 assembly concerts for students at the King School, and there will be a evening public performance at 6:30 pm.

Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Sunday, March 25th: 2-6pm (Large Ensemble and Collective Composition)
  • Monday, March 26th: 3:30-6pm (Collective Composition and String Rehearsal)
  • Tuesday, March 27th: 3:30-6pm (Collective Composition and String Rehearsal) (Additional Rehearsals take place during the school day, not required for outside students)
  • Wednesday, March 28th: 9am, 10am and 11am Assembly Concerts
  • Wednesday, March 28th: 3:30-5:00 pm Soundcheck/String Ensemble run through
  • Wednesday, March 28th: 6:30 pm Concert

Guest Artists:

Marcos Rangel: Conductor

Marcos currently works as coordinator and conductor of the Orchestral Practice Center of Trancoso in Porto Seguro, Bahia, in a partnership between NEOJIBA and the Trancoso Institute. He has worked as a conductor of the Orchestra Mariuccia Iacovino and Assistant Conductor of the Municipal Orchestra of Campos, Rio de Janeiro, both part of Orquestrando a Vida, the first "nucleo" of El Sistema in Brazil. Originally a student of Orquestrando a Vida when it first began in 1999, Marcos studied horn for several years before expanding his studies to piano, viola and percussion. As part of the Orquestrando a Vida program, Marcos has performed and conducted in concerts in several countries such as Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Venezuela, Portugal and the United States. In 2006 and 2007 he attended courses in Caracas, Venezuela, through the National Network of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela (FESNOJIV), where he studied with maestro Angelino Monroy.

Helder Passinho Jr.: Trumpet

Trumpeter and conductor Helder Passinho holds an MBA in performing arts by the Federal University of Bahia, and is a founding member of the NEOJIBA (Núcleos Estaduais de Orquestras Juvenis e Infantis da Bahia) program, where he currently occupies the positions of Conductor and Coordinator. He has worked as a trumpeter and conductor with renowned Brazilian pop artists such as Ivete Sangalo, Caetano Veloso, Netinho, and Carlinhos Brown, among others. As a soloist, he has performed in Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, and in France, where he performed the concerto for piano, trumpet and orchestra by Shostakovich with the renowned pianist Martha Arguerich at Philharmonie in Paris.

Guilherme Teixeira: Violin

Guilherme currently serves as coordinator of the violin class of NEOJIBA, first violin in the Carybé String Quartet, and teaches Music Licensing at the Catholic University of Salvador – UCSAL. He served from 2010 to 2016 as Concertmaster of YOBA (Youth Orchestra of Bahia), the main program NEOJIBA. With Neojiba he performed all around Brazil and toured in the United States and Europe, including venues such as the Claudio Santoro Auditorium for the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, the São Paulo Room, the Kauffman Center (Kansas City, USA), Granada Theatre (Santa Barbara, USA), Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Auditorium Stravinski (Montreux, Switzerland), Festival Ravello (Italy), Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory (Milan), Santa Cecilia Hall (Rome) and Philharmonie of Paris.

Dan Trahey: Tuba & Director of Collective Composition

Dan Trahey is a musician, educator, and innovator. He was instrumental in the creation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's "OrchKids," where he currently serves as Artistic Director. Dan also founded the El Sistema inspired program "Tuned In" at the Peabody Conservatory, where he teaches creative composition and community engagement. As a tuba player with the Archipelago Project he travels the world promoting cross genre performances and has performed for hundreds of thousands of children, specifically targeting impoverished areas with little access to live performance. He has held orchestral positions in Mexico and the United States. Trahey is part of the composition troupe Creative Connections that works to bring communities together through collective and creative composition. Dan has been featured in countless publications including 60 Minutes, PBS, NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He recently gave a TED talk at TEDx Baltimore, and was named the "Most Valuable Player in the Arts" by Baltimore Magazine.