International Tour to Costa Rica

August 24-September 3, 2014

August 28-September 10, 2015

November 19-November 28, 2016


It all started when...

Summer 2014 marked Sound Impact’s inaugural international tour to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is home of the SINEM program, a government supported after-school music program, providing thousands of children of all socio-economic backgrounds the gift of music education. Although SINEM is government-funded, there is still scarcity of music, instruments, proper supplies, and teacher training. It is common to hear about brass and wind players learning to teach violin and cello (by watching YouTube videos) because there are no string teachers. Each tour Sound Impact has provided hundreds of Costa Rican children with free lessons, donations of musical accessories and instruments, and a performance for the community. Thanks to a grant by the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education (FASE), Sound Impact will offer teacher training workshops for the teachers based on the Bornoff Method, made possible by FASE.

The 3rd annual Sound Impact concerts will feature four Costa Rican premieres and also a world premiere today’s award winning composers. Each tour Sound Impact has performed new works by composer and principal clarinet of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Jose Gonzalez Granero, and this year is no exception. The other Costa Rican premieres will be works by famed composers Polina Nazaykinskaya, Dan Visconti, and Emmy Award-Winning John Wineglass. The world premiere will be by Venezuelan Alex Rodriguez. Also featured will be Rapsodia by Costa Rican native, Sergio Delgado Rodriguez, based on a folk song from Guanacaste. Each concert will also include a performance with students at each school alongside Sound Impact musicians.