Founded in 2012 by Joe Cristina, the Avanti program at KidWorks teaches students musical theory through college preparatory music classes and offers ensemble performance opportunities throughout Orange County.
The group has played at Steamers Jazz Club, Village of Hope, Santa Ana Street Fairs, and St. Andrew’s Church. In Joe, the students learn from a professional musician with 37 years of experience in composition, arranging, orchestration and production. “Avanti is designed to guide serious, college-bound students to reach their artistic goals by gaining performance and theoretical experience by working with music industry professionals,” Joe explains.
Liliana, a 17-year-old high school student, and KidWorks youth, enjoys being a part of the program; “I could not afford such musical training on my own. Avanti has given me more than just the material instruments to pursue music. I have also been given the opportunity to perform what I love and to express myself.”
St. Andrew’s continues to partner with Avanti and KidWorks so students like Liliana can have a place to grow and foster their talents. We believe this also encourages leadership and improved focus on their education.
To learn more about Avanti at KidWorks, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.