The students of the Caesura Youth Orchestra have a number of concerts in the next few weeks. All of the concerts will include students from the recorder class, the string ensemble and the woodwind/brass ensemble. On November 13, the students will be performing for parents and friends at the Cerritos Elementary School auditorium at 3:45 PM. On November 16, students will be performing in the lobby of Glendale Memorial Hospital at 3:30 PM for staff and visitors. On November 18, CYO has been asked to perform for the Sunrise Rotary, Festival of the Arts on Maryland at 11 AM. Finally, on December 1, the Caesura students will be performing as part of the Christmas program at the Glendale City Church at 7:30 PM to an estimated audience of 800 along with the Sanctuary Choir, the Donald Brinegar Singers, the Glendale Academy Chorale, along with harp and brass.
Recently, Caesura received an email from a lady living in Florida who found us on the El Sistema website. Her parents had recently died and she was looking for a family to whom she could donate a sentimental part of the estate, a piano that her parents had purchased for her in 1974. She asked if Caesura could find a family who had a child who could benefit from having one. After contacting several sources, we were able to find a family whose daughter had been taking lessons for a couple of months. Her teacher had loaned her a keyboard since her family was not able to afford a piano. Her teacher said she had real abilities and would make good use of the piano. During the last week of October, we were able to find a person willing to donate a van and one of the people for the estate attorney’s office joined us in delivering the piano. As we were leaving the home, after delivering the piano we heard the girl starting to play the theme from Ode to Joy by Beethoven. It obviously made her day, the donor’s and ours!

Indigogo Campaign
November 16, will be the kickoff for an Indigogo campaign for Caesura. A number of Hollywood composers are joining in this kickoff on November 18 at “Dark Delicacies” with a signing party. Check out our Facebook page for continuing updates about this campaign.

Researchers from USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute have been studying 13 YOLA at HOLA students, and comparing their development with a matched control groups of kids involved in sports training or no training.

The YOLA students showed better perception of pitch and rhythm after two years. After three years, EEG and MRI brain scans also revealed stronger neural activity in areas of the brain related executive function skills. These are the mental processes that enable focused attention, planning, juggling tasks, and are strong predictors of future success, said Assal Habibi, the study’s lead author. Two journal articles from the study are going to be published this fall.

Also expected later this month is the first research report on YOLA from Stanford’s SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions) center. This study will examine the social impact of El Sistema-inspired music training on children, families and community.

Thanks to our fans, we are one of the first winners of a 2017 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits! Read inspiring stories about us and add your own!

(You don’t need to be an avid sports fan to be, at least, somewhat aware of the fact that we just concluded the annual; Baseball World Series games
a few days ago and that sets the stage for this issue of the Newsletter ‘SMILE CORNER’)


Two ninety-year-old men, Moe and Sam, have been friends all their .lives. It seems that Sam is dying, and Moe comes to visit him every day.

“Sam” says Moe, “You know how we’ve both loved baseball all our lives, and how we played minor league ball together for so many years..
Sam, you have to do me one favor. When you get to heaven….and I know you’ll go to heaven..somehow you’ve got to let me know if there’s Baseball in Heaven.”

San looks up at Moe from his death-bed and says: “Moe, you’ve been my best friend many years. This favor, if it is at all possible, I’ll do for you”.
Shortly after that Sam passes-on.

A couple of nights later…it’s midnight……Moe is sound asleep when he’s awakened by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calls out to him

“Who is it? says Moe, sitting up suddenly,… “Who is it?”

“Moe…it’s me…Sam!”

“Come on…you’re not Sam…Sam just died”.

“I’m telling you” insists the voice…”It’s me, Sam.

“Sam…is that really you?…Where are you?”

“I’m in Heaven” says Sam…and I’ve got really good news…and a little bad news”.

“So tell me the good news first” says Moe.

“The good news” says Sam, “is, Yes, there IS Baseball in Heaven. Better yet, all our old buddies who’ve gone before us are here …and we’re all young men again…and it’s always Springtime…it never rains or snows…and, best of all, we can play baseball all we want and we never get tired”

“Really?” says Moe. “That’s Fantastic…Wonderful…beyond my wildest dreams…but…so what’s the bad news?”.

“You’re pitching next Tuesday!”

October 2017 Newsletter