The Project

10 Years Orquestra Geração 10 Years

Program for  2017

  • 3rd February 2017 – 21h – Pavilhão Paz e Amizade em Loures
  • Concerto Orquestra Gulbenkian / Orquestra Geração, Maestro – Ulysses Ascanio
  • By appointment to His Excellency The President of the Republic
  • 4 th February de 2017 – 17h – Teatro Municipal de Almada
  • The same program as 3rd February
  • 10th February 2017 – 18.30h – Foyer do Conservatório Nacional – Presentation of the book about the Orquestra Geração project  written by  the Escola Superior de Educação do Porto – IPP
  • (with the presence of His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs)
  • 28th February 2017 – 17h – Casa da Música (Oporto)
  • Orquestra Juvenil Geração, Maestro Pedro Neves, solists Paulo Gaio Lima and João Pedro Gonçalves (student of the orquestra geração)
  • 5th March 2017 – 11.30h – Teatro da Trindade (INATEL)
  • Orquestra Juvenil Geração, Maestro Pedro Neves
  • 29th April – Centro Cultural de Belém – 12h -  Dias da Música
  • Poetry and  Music – Orquestra Juvenil Geração, Maestro Olivetti Gimenez, with  Marina Ferreira (actress), Paulo Gaio Lima and João Pedro Gonçalves, cellos
  • Julho de 2017 – Aula Magna da UL e Grande Auditório da Fundação Gulbenkian – final concerts of the Scholar Year - Iniciação, infantil, Pré-Juvenil e Juvenil Geração.


Presentation of the CD da Orquestra Municipal Geração da Amadora dir: Sandra Martins /GERAJAZZ, Dir: Eduardo Lala (patrocínio exclusivo BNPParibas) – to annouce


  • Presentation of the  CD da Orquestra Juvenil Municipal Geração de Lisboa dir: Jorge Camacho with Joana Amendoeira and Ricardo Ribeiro Fado singers
  • (patrocínio exclusivo da CMLisboa – Vereação da Educação) - to annouce
  • 10 Years Orquestra Geração 10 Years



Associação das Orquestras Sinfónicas Juvenis,
Sistema Portugal


NIF: 513 230 726
NIB: 0035 0396 0022 3920 9304 6
Rua dos Caetanos nº 29
1249-115 Lisboa

The El Sistema in The World

The El Sistema Methodology was founded in 1973 in Venezuela by Dr. José António Abreu (Erasmus Prize) as both a musical and a social project. Dr Abreu wanted that through music, more specifically, orchestra playing, children from all over Venezuela could learn how to live together, develop their skills and stay away from crime and drugs. So he began forming an orchestra of good professional musicians and then after a certain time he send them to different neighborhoods ( difficult ones) and stared teaching them music based on a very simple idea : if you learn to speak imitating your parents speaking, you can better learn an instrument simply by imitating your teacher. This methodology proved right and now, in Venezuela there are 500.000 children and youths in the El Sistema project, and every town , from Amazonia to urban Caracas have an orchestra and a choir. After 42 years the El Sistema , now represented by Fundacion Musical Simon Bolivar, has three symphony orchestras of international standards ( Orquestra Sinfónica Simon Bolivar, Orquestra Teresa Carreño and Caracas Youth Orchestra) and a most celebrated conductor Gustavo Dudamel ( musical director of the Los Angeles Philarmonic).
From almost the beginning Dr Abreu wanted to extend the method to other countries hoping always that it would fulfill the same objectives as a social project as it was doing in Venezuela. So nowadays you have the El Sistema all over the world, mainly in Latin America (Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala ,Costa Rica, Mexico), the USA, Canada, almost all Europe(Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark ,Holland ,France, Portugal, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Servia and Greece). Africa ( Angola and Mozambique) and Asia are possibly the continents where the El Sistema hasn’t reached many countries. The European projects are now organizing themselves in a Association, the Sistema Europa.

The El Sistema in Portugal

Founded in 2007 by the National Conservatorium of Lisbon the Amadora’s City Council with the support of the Gulbenkian Foundation, the project “Generation Orchestra” began in two schools in Lisbon’s region, working with almost 100 children from different ethnical origins. Today we work in 20 schools in Lisbon and Coimbra with circa 950 children.

Generation Orchestra’s aim is to provide children from unfavorable conditions around Lisbon region with an extensive and comprehensive educational program that will help their social integration. We achieve these goals through musical education, especially orchestra playing, since working together for long periods during the week, makes them know each other, respect each other and work with each other towards a common goal, the final public presentation. Therefore we also help them to gradually build their personalities in order to prepare them to be able to choose in the future a profession away from marginality, crime and drugs.

We work in public schools (Lisbon, Vila Franca de Xira , Loures , Amadora ,Lisbon Oeiras , Sintra and Sesimbra, Almada and Coimbra) where we find children from different origins – Caucasian , African ( from the ancient Portuguese colonies) and Gypsy communities.

Pedagogically speaking it is the National Conservatorium of Music in Lisbon that is responsible for applying the Venezuelan Sistema in the selected schools; therefore they have nominated one member of the board and one teacher as coordinators of the project. The pupils have a weekly agenda of 7 hours with 1 hour for instrumental technique (two children pro class) 1 hour musical education and choir ( 10 children per class) , 2 hours ensemble and 3 hours tutti. We have two teachers that were formed by the Sistema in Venezuela they are the pedagogical surveyors of what’s happening in each school where the project works. Each orchestra performs several times for their school and local organizations, and twice a year they are brought together and perform as a whole, in prestigious theaters around Lisbon, Oporto and even abroad (Brussels – European Commission).

The National Conservatorium and the two Venezuelan teachers organize each year at least , one Summer Camp with musicians who come directly from Venezuela to give our teachers classes in different subjects( technical classes for instruments, conducting techniques, coral expertise , etc) and also work with the different children’s orchestras.

Financial support is covered by several institutions with different roles and responsibilities. On one side we have the government through the Ministery of Education who totally pay for the teachers (and we are talking of about 80 teachers this year) and the Home Office ( local security plans).Then we have the City Councils from each town that implements this program. They finance the orchestra also through European Union programs for regional development.  And last but not the least the private institutions like BNPParibas, Share Foundation (Zurich), TAP, and also some support from the Gulbenkian Foundation, , PLMJ lawers,and the media Antena 2 and Radio Comercial.

In 2010 the project was awarded the National Teachers Prize (Minister of Education) for innovation and in 2013 and 2014 we received the European Commission award for one of the 50 best social projects in the whole Union.

Since 2014 the project Orquestra Geração Sistema Portugal is directed by the the Associação das Orquestras Sinfónicas Juvenis Sistema Portugal (AOSJSP).

Some Data concerning our situation in 2015:

A - Children in the project per school:

  1. Lisbon Region:
  2. Básica de Vialonga (Vila Franca de Xira ) – 70 children
  3. Básica da Apelação (Loures) – 51 children
  4. Básica Bartolomeu Dias (Loures ) – 27 children
  5. Básico Mário de Sá Carneiro (Loures – 44 children
  6. Básica de Francisco de Arruda (Lisbon) – 34 children
  7. Básica da Boavista (Lisbon) – 29 children
  8. Básica do Armador (Lisbon) – 22 children
  9. Agrupamento Gil Vicente (Lisbon ) – 26 children
  10. Básica de Miguel Torga (Amadora) – 83 children
  11. Básica de Almeida Garrett (Amadora) – 51 children
  12. Básica Pedro D’Orey Cunha (Amadora) – 40 children
  13. Básica Amélia Vieira Luis (Oeiiras) – 57 children
  14. Básica Mestre Domingos Saraiva (Sintra)- 72 children
  15. Básica da Boa Água ( Sesimbra) – 63 children
  16. Basica Miradouro (Almada) - 25 Children
  17. Básica Pintor Almada Negreiros (Lisbon) - in instalation


Center Region:

Agrupamento de Escolas Coimbra Centro – 59 children


B - Municipal Orchestras (for the most advanced children from each Municipality):


Rehearsals each fortnight

Orquestra Municipal Geração da Amadora (OMGA):
1 Maestro - Maestro Juan Maggiorani from Venezuela and maestro Sandra Martins
4 auxiliary Teachers
72 children members
8 presentations per year

Orquestra Municipal Geração Bora Nessa de Loures (OMGBNL)
1 Maestro - António Barbosa
4 auxiliary Teachers
50 children
6 presentations per year

Orquestra Jovem Municipal Geração de Lisboa (OMGL)
1 Maestro – Maestro Jorge camacho
50 children
6 presentations per year

Orquestra Intermunicipal Geração do Atlântico (OIGDA)
1 Maestro – Maestro José Eduardo Gomes
4 auxiliary Teachers
74 children
8 presentations per year

GERAJAZZ (our jazz band)
1 Maestro – Maestro Eduardo Lala
25 children
6 concerts per year

C – Our First Regional Orchestra (the best players from the Municipal Orchestras):
Orquestra Juvenil Geração
2 Maestros – Olivetti and Maggiorani
8 auxiliary Teachers
170 children
Works 4 times a year, 4 days each time
10 presentations per year.

D – Teachers:
We have 80 teachers working in the project, for 47% it is their first job.

E – Staff:
1 President
1 Vice President in charge of pedagogy
1 Secretary (full time)
3 Producers (half time)
1 Accountant (part time)
1 National Pedagogical Surveyor ( also stings mentor)
1 Vice National Pedagogical Surveyor
Brass Responsible
Jazz Responsible
8 pedagogical coordinators ( in the schools)

Our Plans for Developing Our Project:
We consider very important to develop the project in other areas than Lisbon so that we can be expected everywhere in Portugal. Our first aim is to enlarge our presence in the North, Center and the South (Algarve). From then on, after a certain period of time ( 5 to 6 years) we could ( as in Lisbon) build the Municipal Orchestras and specially the Regional Orchestra of North , Center and South that would join the Regional Orchestra of Lisbon. We think that this is the best way to fulfill our social goals and also to show to those who have sponsored that their support was not in vain, that they made possible for young people to outstand themselves, grow in a healthy environment and can now give back to the communities that help them.

So this is Our Plan for the next 5 years:
A - New Schools where we would like to place our project (Orquestra Geração/Sistema Portugal):
North: Vila Real , Vila Nova de Gaia , Matosinhos ( we are already in Amarante and Gondomar).
Center : Coimbra (2 new schools), Leiria ( 2 schools) – we are already in 2 schools)
Lisbon: Lisbon, Almada, Setubal (we are already in 14 schools)
South : Algarve – Faro, Lagos and Portimão

B –Regional Orchestras - We would also like to develop the Regional Orchestras creating three new Regional orchestras that could permit the most advances children of each region to intensify their orchestra playing.

C – Institute For Formation, Professional Orientation and Cooperation (IFPOC) - To support all our work and since growing implies the need of more teachers that in their turn must continue their formation in our method, and also to answer to several demands from other countries to introduce our method in their countries, and considering also our responsibility to continue to support those children who want to go on studying, its would be important to consider the Creation of an Institute fore the Formation, Cooperation and Professional orientation for the Teachers and also our pupils.