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Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program

885 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02111



Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program (JQOP) is a creative youth development program and recognized partner of the Boston Public Schools that uses an intensive and unique ensemble-based music curriculum to help underserved children develop the executive functions and social-emotional skills necessary to succeed at school and in life.

In the 2019-20 school year, JQOP will expand to serve over 200 students in eight ensembles, including seven string orchestras of various levels (ages 4-14) and an ensemble for students with special needs. All rehearsals take place before school at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown. Students in pre-kindergarten through seventh grade attend the program every weekday for 1.5 hours before school, participating in orchestra rehearsals, general music classes, and group lessons. JQOP welcomes any child to participate, regardless of musical ability, cultural background, developmental delays, or financial limitations.

JQOP is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan initiative that uses music education as a vehicle for social change. We believe that every child can learn to express music deeply, receive its many benefits, and make different critical life choices as a result of this learning. 

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