Five of our students were accepted to the National Take A Stand Festival, a seven day summer music intensive at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival. Take A Stand, a program founded by the LA Philharmonic, is specifically geared towards students from El Sistema inspired programs across the country. After a rigorous audition process, five of our students were accepted, and they were flown out to Colorado in June for the festival. For most of them this was the first time they had ever flown, and when they arrived they had a chance to meet several other students from similar programs across the US. This was an incredible opportunity for musical growth, learning, and connection. The students had a wonderful time, and we couldn't be more proud. Jane even flew out to Colorado to see their final performance (video here). Here's looking at next year!