A MARIANIST HEART FOR THE CLASSICAL ARTS IN LOS ANGELES
Boyle Heights, a low-income Hispanic neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles, is known for gang violence – not classical music.
Yet two years ago, Fr. Ted Ley and three young adults – Vicente Bastidas, Julio Maldonado and Christina van Ingen – launched a choir school called Escolanía Pacífica at Assumption Catholic School in this neighborhood.
It was the perfect setting for Fr. Ted, whose dream was to create a modern choir school that would expose Hispanic youth to classical and world music.
“This is a needy school, but it has strong Catholic and family values,” said Fr. Ted. “Beyond music, we’d like to turn it into a Catholic magnet school in communications arts.”
Today, the program includes instruction in voice, choral music, violin, mandolin, drums and classical guitar. Recently, it began offering creative writing and composition classes, and added a campus radio station so that students can learn basic broadcasting skills.
“Our main goal is to help students become articulate, self-confident people,” said Fr. Ted.
For more about this arts ministry, look for the spring edition of ALIVE magazine in your mailbox later this month.
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|Kim Matzen is a teacher and coach at Daniel Gross Catholic High School, where she’s also moderator of the Marianist LIFE group. She became a Marianist Lay Affiliate in 2011 and is a regional coordinator of the LIFE summer program.|
|When did you get “bitten by the Marianist bug”?|
|Bro. Joe Barrett introduced me to the loving family spirit of the Marianists when I was in 7th and 8th grade; my sister was already a student at Gross Catholic. In 2006 I went to my first summer LIFE program, and that really sealed the deal.|
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|I want my students to see Marianist LIFE as the place they can come and share food and fellowship.
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|Seeing so many youth take such an active role in their faith! I find it very moving when I hear them praying or singing in unison at our worship services. There is such a variety of students, yet they all have in common their love of God.|
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