Nicolau Martins de Oliveira

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Conductor Nicolau Martins de Oliveira's good reputation echoes throughout the region. He has educated generations through music and trained instrumentalists and teachers. Bassoonist and teacher, he created, in 1974, the project "Volta Redonda Cidade da Música" (Volta Redonda City of Music), which reaches 4,000 students from preschool to high school in 39 local

institutions. The headquarters is in the Getúlio Vargas City School and the project is maintained by the municipality. Each school has a music room and each student receives a borrowed instrument.

"It is scientifically proven that Mozart's music works both hemispheres of the brain. Working with classical music alters brain function", says the conductor, who also teaches popular music.

The work begins with the child singing in the choir. Musicalization, singing, fife, percussion, viola, and cello lessons, taught by 26 teachers and assistants, are offered. With 13 monitors, the project has reached thousands of students. Each school has its Mini Band, with students from early elementary school playing percussion instruments and the fife. From the 3rd year of elementary school on, students learn a variety of instruments. The result is the formation of several groups: the String Orchestra, the Violins Orchestra, the Cellos and Bass Orchestra, the Marching Band and the Concert Band, with brass instruments.

He promotes free admission concerts, one Sunday per month, always at Cine 9 de Abril Movie Theater. Sarah Higino is the choir and string orchestras conductor. The Volta Redonda Concert Band is conducted by Nicolau Martins de Oliveira, with a varied program ranging from Bach to American standards and performs nationwide. The project counts with a room for rehearsals at the Getúlio Vargas School. 

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Address: 154 Street, 783, Laranjal, Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro
Phone: (+55 24) 3350-7557, extension 241

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