In January of 2013 the New Mexico Philharmonic began the Young Musician Initiative (YMI), an in-depth music education program for Title 1 elementary schools in Albuquerque. YMI is based on El Sistema, a revolutionary music education method pioneered in Venezuela. The program builds confidence and ownership in the children and instills life skills that serve them immediately and throughout their lives. They participate in our local community through performances for families, school groups, senior centers, and more.

Donation page: Donate to Young Musician Initiative Now


About The Artist

Reyes Padilla

Albuquerque based artist Reyes Padilla creates synesthetic abstract art based on direct interpretation of the music he loves. “Between composing and painting I realized that I am blessed with a common condition known as synesthesia, which allows me to visualize sounds represented by color and shape. The music I listen to while I paint greatly influences the outcome of each painting.”

Website: Reyes Padilla

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