Children who want to pursue their musical dreams will have a new opportunity in the Edmundston area, with the opening of the fifth and newest Sistema New Brunswick site. 

The center will operate out of Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany, thanks to financial support from the provincial government.

The Sistema model began in Venezuela and now involves over 400,000 children. Any child who comes through the door showing enough enthusiasm and commitment to learn gets the instrument of their choice and free instruction, according to the SistemaNB website.

Staring in 2009, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra went on a fact-finding tour to Venezuela, completed a one-year prototype program in New Brunswick and adopted a 4-year plan to replicate the program throughout the province.

In addition to the Edmundston site, Sistema NB operates four other centers: in Moncton, Saint John, Richibucto and the Tobique First Nation, and engages more than 600 children each day.

PHOTO: [from left]  the CEO of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and founder of Sistema New Brunswick Ken MacLeod; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Francine Landry; and Sistema New Brunswick Edmundston centre director Monica Dubé.