1. Celebrates cross-cultural identity
  2. Educates and empowers youth
  3. Innovative and unique mission
  4. Quality classical music education
  5. Native instruments and repertoire
  6. Involves parents in child’s education
  7. Bilingual teaching artists that encourage learning and reflect students
  8. Stimulates curiosity and problem solving
  9. Lowers achievement gaps and drop-out rates
  10. Changes people’s lives

To learn more, visit: www.intakemusic.org

  1. Evidence to support INTAKE Music. Picture here are our students from our native instrument Academy "intrigued" about this keyboard and the notes produced at the touch of a key!

    Evidence to support INTAKE Music. Pictured here are our students from our native instrument Academy “intrigued” about this keyboard and the notes produced at the touch of a key!

Senator Bob Duff meets INTAKE Organization!

Norwalk, CT: INTAKE Organization Founder and Artistic DIrector, Angelica Durrell, meets with State Senator Bob Duff to discuss INTAKE’s mission and goals to educate youth in classical music and native instruments.It’s so encouraging to learn that @senatorduff is a musician and will soon/someday be conducting “Candide”, a great American classic by Leonard Bernstein, with @INTAKE_Music. It’s possible! SHARE YOUR COMMENTS WITH US, and let us know what other key figures you think INTAKE should meet!
Connecticut State Senator, Bob Duff, watches INTAKE’s 3-minute video overview and explores ways to assist with organization’s efforts in increasing sustainability and presence in CT.

TOMORROW! First Fundraiser event for 2013: Fashion Show of Ethnic Costumes and Native Instruments.

Dear INTAKE Family members:

I couldn’t be happier about the enthusiasm of our participants and audiences, as we wait for the big day, tomorrow Sunday Feb. 24th at 3PM: Fashion Show of Ethnic Costumes and Native Instruments!

Angelica Durrell with mother, Maricarmen Godoy, wearing a native outfit from Pijal (Province of Imbabura-Ecuador). Circa 1994.

As I reflect back on my childhood years (having lived in Ecuador until I was seven years old); these types of events with native outfits where normal happenings that occurred every year at every school in Quito-Ecuador.

This was a very important value about celebrating and rescuing our cultural heritage, that was seeded in me at this early age: directly or indirectly. It was at that young age that I learned about the different colored skirts, hats, and shawls that native indigenous people from regions of Ecuador wore as part of their then ‘uniforms’ and everyday-outfits. And it is now that I have come to realize that such ‘uniforms’ were historically imposed or presented by Spanish conquistadors to differentiate regions and their people. Each and every one of them, with a rich cultural tradition.

Being able to bring this concept through INTAKE, and to our Stamford families and beyond, is a wonderful feeling and a truly exciting moment for me. I have seen the faces of our participating children and the shine in their eyes as they proudly tell me that they are representing Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Guatemala, Portugal, Poland, United States and many other countries. I have seen their parents’ care of ensuring that every detail of these outfits is addressed and that their cultural backgrounds is represented with great pride and accuracy. I have seen the reactions of our audience members as they have something to look forward to and await for this big day with a sense of pride and interest in sharing and rescuing their cultural heritage with a larger community. And I have seen the dedication of our INTAKE team, as we prepare for what is to be a unique evening of culture, talent native instruments, classical cultural traditions, and family joy.

Angelica Durrell with a “montubio” little man, from the coast of Ecuador.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow, Sunday February 24th at 3PM at Stamford High School Auditorium. 55 Strawberry Hill Av.

For more information, visit: www.intakemusic.org




Reflections on SphinxCon: INTAKE sheds a new meaning to diversity…

Angelica Durrell, INTAKE Founder and Artistic Director, with María López de León, from the National Association of Latinos Arts and Culture; and Dinorah Marquez, from Latino Arts at Milwaukee.

From our artistic director’s blog:

Inaugural SphinxCon- Feb. 2013

Dear friends:
As you may all know, my life has been positively influenced and transformed through the power of diversity in classical music. It is through a wonderful organization, Sphinx, that I have been mentored and guided into finding my voice within myself… defining what diversity means to me, and defining a mission and vision in  life.
In 6 powerful letters, it is known as INTAKE! And I am more than honored to continue learning and preparing myself towards accomplishing OUR mutual vision of making classical music relevant among local communities through the use of native instruments that represent our cultural backgrounds.
Thanks for joining me on this journey, and take a look at my latest adventure at the inaugural SphinxConference that just took place this past weekend in Detroit, Michigan (pictures on our social media pages, Facebook and Twitter).
Be sure that all these experiences will have a positive impact on INTAKE’s programming and broader plans. The best is still yet to come and we are thrilled to count with your support. WE ARE INTAKE!
-Angie Durrell


INTAKE Ensemble Performs at Norwalk Mayor’s Ball

INTAKE Ensemble Performs at Norwalk Mayor’s Ball

Prior to our Annual Gala Concert in October 2012, Richard A. Moccia invited INTAKE Ensemble members to perform at the Mayor’s Ball and create awareness about our organization’s mission and educational program. Norwalk Mayor’s Ball was held this past Friday at the Continental Manor, incluiding performances by flamenco dancer and INTAKE’s vice-chair, Yohanna Escamilla, Native Instrument Academy instructor James Moss; David Durrell, Carlos Velasquez and Jonathan Garcia from the INTAKE Ensemble, Founder and Artistic Director, Angelica Durrel; board members Cynthia Roxana Calderón and Pedro Lazo; as well as bilingual press manager, Maricarmen Godoy.