El Sistema Hong Kong’s Program for the Elderly

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El Sistema Hong Kong’s Program for the Elderly


El Sistema Hong Kong is building foundations for long-term growth. Director Melissa Nino (who grew up in Venezuela’s El Sistema) is training future faculty at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education and has launched its first string orchestra, made up of the most motivated students, called the Tin Shui Wai Children String Orchestra.

Additionally, El Sistema Hong Kong is beginning a new program in a center for troubled youth and expanding another pilot initiative into a full program. This is their pilot “Elderly Program,” which is now an ensemble of 11 violins and 11 xylophones. This Elderly Program answers a particular need in Hong Kong, where many older people are largely abandoned by families who can’t afford their care, so they spend all day at community centers for the elderly. These older participants are embracing music-making with more enthusiasm and positive benefits than anyone expected, and Melissa is creating a repertoire of music that is meaningful to them. Now officially registered as a legal charitable organization, El Sistema Hong Kong is poised for steady growth.

Date Published: 1 December 2017


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