ECoSistema at the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen

ECo at the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen…

….is all about music and youth development. We learn fundamental music skills as well as social skills like cooperation, teamwork, and grit. Being part of ECoSistema takes hard work and dedication, but it’s also lots of fun! ECoSistema is a year-long commitment.

Students MUST be members of the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen to participate in ECo at the Club. 

2024-2025 Registration Open Now!

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday-Friday, June 5-7: Seminario summer music camp at Goshen College (grades 3-6, by registration only)
  • Monday, June 10: Field trip to St. Mary’s with the Fischoff Chamber Music camp led by the Thalea String Quartet (grades 3-6, by registration only)
  • Summer, TBD: Instrument fittings at the Boys & Girls Club
  • August, TBD: ECoSistema Orientation for parents and students
  • Tuesday, September 3: First day of ECoSistema for fall 2024

ECo Boys & Girls Club of Goshen Programs

ECo Foundations

Music Together: Ages 0-5 and parents/caregivers

Rhythm Kids: 1st grade

Song Circle: 2nd grade

ECo Strings

Crescendo Orchestra: grades 3-4

Presto Orchestra:        grades 4-6

Allegria: grades 6-8 (formerly Teen ECo)

ECo Sings

ECo Sings vocal ensemble: grades 3-5


ECo Foundations

Music Together: ages 0-5 with a caregiver

Music Together is a music and movement class for babies and toddlers with their parents or caregivers! Music Together at the Goshen Club is offered through our partnership with Goshen College Music Together. Teacher: Rachel Hostetler, certified Music Together instructor.

*To participate in Music Together through ECoSistema at the Club, families MUST have an older child who is a member of the Club, OR must live in the North Goshen neighborhood. If this isn’t you, please enroll in one of our Music Together classes at the Goshen College Music Center!

Fall 2024 SCHEDULE

  • Mondays, 5:15-6:00 PM
  • September-November 2024, start date TBD

Rhythm Kids: First grade

Rhythm Kids is all about singing, moving, drumming, and learning rhythms inspired by global percussion traditions! Rhythm Kids at the Goshen Club is offered through our partnership with Goshen College Music Together. Teacher: Jenny Campagna, certified Music Together and Rhythm Kids instructor.

*Students MUST be members of the Boys & Girls Club to participate in Rhythm Kids at the Club. For non-members, please enroll in Rhythm Kids at the Goshen College Music Center!

Fall 2024 SCHEDULE

  • Mondays, 4:00-4:45 PM
  • September-November, 2024, start date TBD

Song Circle: Second grade

Song Circle prepares 2nd graders to learn and perform music together as a group in a fun and creative environment. Activities include singing, drums, mallet instruments, creative movement, and musical games. Students learn how to improvise, compose their own music, and perform as part of an ensemble. Song Circle is based on the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education. Teacher: Kent Dutchersmith, ECoSistema Lead Teaching Artist.

2023-2024 SCHEDULE

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45 pm
  • FIRST DAY: Wednesday, September 3, 2024
  • September through May (full school year)

ECo Strings

Crescendo Orchestra: grades 3-4

Crescendo is our beginning orchestra for third and fourth graders who want to learn how to play a string instrument for the first time. We offer violin, viola, and cello. Instruments are provided for free at the Club! (Instruments don’t go home with students.) Teachers: Kent Dutchersmith and Hillary Harder, ECoSistema Program Director.

*For 5th graders who want to learn a string instrument, we ask that you sign up for the excellent school orchestra program at Goshen Intermediate School!

2024-2025 SCHEDULE

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Private lesson, 30 minutes once a week (we will contact you to schedule your lesson)
  • FIRST DAY: Tuesday, September 3, 2024
  • September through May (full school year)

Presto Orchestra: grades 4-6

Presto is our intermediate orchestra for students who have played at least one year. Presto students learn more advanced repertoire in a fun and supportive environment. Presto and Allegria can both include 6th graders: Presto is for 6th graders who are NOT in orchestra at GIS, and 6th graders who ARE in orchestra at GIS may participate in Allegria. Teachers: Kent Dutchersmith and Hillary Harder.

2023-2024 SCHEDULE

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Private lesson, 30 minutes once a week (we will contact you to schedule your lesson)
  • FIRST DAY: Tuesday, September 3, 2024
  • September through May (full school year)

Allegria: grades 6-8

Allegria (formelry Teen ECo) provides chamber music, private lessons, and leadership experience for middle school students. Allegria includes one ensemble rehearsal, one 30-minute private lesson, and one hour of Musical Mentoring every week. For Musical Mentoring, Teen ECo students are placed with a younger ensemble to provide support, learn how to coach younger students, and gain leadership skills. 6th graders who ARE in orchestra at GIS may participate in Allegria. 6th graders who are NOT in orchestra at GIS will be placed in Presto. Teacher: Kent Dutchersmith.

2023-2024 SCHEDULE

  • Fridays, 5:00-6:00 pm *NEW TIME*
  • Private lesson, 30 minutes once a week (we will contact you to schedule your lesson)
  • Musical Mentoring, 1 hour per week (we will contact you to schedule)
  • FIRST DAY: Friday, September 6, 2024
  • September through May (full school year)

ECo Sings

ECo Sings is for students in grades 3-5 who love to sing! ECo Sings helps students learn how to use their singing voice and prepares them to sing in a children’s choir. After at least one year of ECo Sings, students can audition for the Rejoice Children’s Choir or the Shout For Joy Singers at Goshen College. ECo Sings is directed by Katy Thornthwaite.

2023-2024 SCHEDULE

  • Wednesdays, 4:45-6:00 pm
  • FIRST DAY: Monday, September 9, 2024
  • September through May (full school year)