CONNECTING COMMUNITIES 
THROUGH THE ARTS

VISION

Co-founded by siblings Maximilian and Esmeralda Swietelsky with the help of their founding member friends, Rising Stars Miami is a non-profit community outreach organization of teenagers who visit underserved South Florida communities, teaching and engaging kids to explore the Performing Arts. Rising Stars Miami also awards grants to community centers and scholarships to individuals for the study of the Performing Arts and provides performance opportunities to aspiring young artists.

Our Talent

Maximilian Swietelsky
Founder | 18

Maximilian was born and raised in Miami and has always had a passion for music. His Venezuelan-Italian mother and Austrian father, as multicultural as his hometown, exposed him to music of all kinds – classical, jazz, Latin, opera and other performing arts. He was encouraged early on to learn different instruments, to pursue his artistic expression. Max is an award-winning classical pianist and has twice ...

been awarded the honor of being a Chopin Foundation of the United States Young Pianist. He has been accepted to the prestigious Cremona International Music Academy and performed in the Cremona Summer Music Festival in Cremona, Italy. He is a four-time Coral Gables Music Club Scholarship recipient for piano and was just elected to be the 2020-2021 President of the Coral Gables Jr. Music Club. In addition to classical piano, Max plays jazz alto saxophone, piano, and drums, and is a member of his school’s signature jazz combo, the Ransom Everglades RE Combo. Max was accepted to the University of Miami Frost School of Music Honors Jazz summer program and performed in the Honors Band during the music festival. Max and his RE Combo bandmates traveled to Philadelphia in February and won a second prize at the prestigious 2020 National Jazz Festival. They have also performed at many jazz venues in Miami such as the Olympia Theatre and the Hampton House, and for private events. Max credits his abilities as a musician and his love of music to the support of his parents and his music teachers. As he got older, he realized that not all kids have been given this lifetime gift. In 2018, when he was a sophomore, Max founded Rising Stars Miami (RSM) as a community outreach nonprofit with his sister, Esmeralda, as a way of giving the gift of music to young kids like themselves in their community. Since then, they have been combining their love of the performing arts with community service to support under-resourced kids who want to explore their talents as musicians, dancers, and actors. Under Max’s leadership, RSM has visited several South Florida community centers to perform, teach, and inspire kids to the arts. Max reached out to musicians, teachers, and arts organizations to help with sponsorships and RSM was able to award scholarships to individual students and grants to community centers for the study of the arts. In 2019, after hearing about their success with kids in the community, Breakthrough Miami invited RSM to teach the Arts & Culture class on weekends to their 6th. Grade scholars. Max and his sister and friends taught acting, dance, songwriting, and different instruments. RSM also sponsored a professional opera performance of The Magic Flute for the whole Breakthrough Miami student body. With the arrival of the pandemic in March 2020, RSM began to teach the Breakthrough kids virtually, which they continue to do for the Fall Semester. This summer in July, Max created an introductory History of Jazz course for the Breakthrough Miami Virtual Summer Institute and taught kids about jazz twice a week for 6 weeks. His aim was to create the same spark of interest and love for jazz that he had experienced himself. It was a rich learning experience for everyone and he loved teaching and the idea that he was introducing a new generation to this greatest American artform. Besides music, Max’s other passion is engineering. He has been exploring the “world of STEM” throughout high school through his extracurricular activities and summer academic programs. Now a senior, he has been a key member since freshman year of the RE Robotics team, which qualified this year for the State Championship and all the way up to the 2020 World Championship. Other STEM pursuits this past summer included the Inspirit AI machine learning and RE Data Science courses. He has since started an independent year-long research project with machine learning to study steel defects which he will present in a competition this winter. Max is also a great athlete and has been a member of the Jr. Varsity Soccer and Varsity Lacrosse teams throughout high school. Max has begun to apply to universities, choosing those with strong engineering and arts programs with an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. He wants to follow his engineering passion while continuing to evolve as a musician. He can see himself joining student organizations and Jazz Clubs where he can connect with peers as passionate about jazz and music as he is. On the STEM side, he would love to continue designing and programming robots and will become active with student robotic clubs and organizations. Having founded Rising Stars Miami and seeing the positive results of connecting diverse communities through the arts, Max wants to continue doing community service in whatever community his university will be. He loves getting together with his RSM team and working with the kids they teach, which is rewarding for everyone involved, even if it is virtual. This year has taught Max and the RSM students that no matter what happens in life, one must continue to move forward and that the arts are an important and enriching part of life. He looks forward to awarding new scholarships this year and to continuing to grow the Rising Stars Miami family.
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Esmeralda Swietelsky
Founder | 14

Esmeralda is the Co-Founder of Rising Stars Miami with her brother, Maximilian, and has taken on her leadership role quite naturally and effectively. She loves working with her Rising Stars Miami colleagues and using her talents to teach kids and inspire them to learn more about the arts. Esmeralda has been ...

performing and studying voice, dance, and acting since the age of six, and is also a pianist and student of Marina Berberian of Hi Key Piano Studio. She has performed in numerous musical theater leading roles at Area Stage Company including recent productions of The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie) and Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Cinderella). She is one of 10 students selected to Area Stage Company’s Advanced Ensemble this year and was cast in the role of Mia in the recent full-length show, Prom Com, which was written, directed, and choreographed for the talented group by their Director, Rebecca Ashton. Esmeralda was the production Dance Captain while playing the lead as “Millie” and danced in the Advanced Musical Theater Dance group at ASC. She attended Bryn Mawr Dance Camp in Pennsylvania this past summer. For the second consecutive year, she has been awarded a prestigious Coral Gables Music Club Scholarship for voice and was accepted to study opera during the summer in Italy at the Cremona International Music Academy. She continues her vocal studies under acclaimed Miami and New York voice teacher, Manny Perez, of Manny Perez Vocal Studio. At ASC she studies voice with Conservatory Director and Vocal Instructor, Rebecca Ashton. Esmeralda is an 8th-grader at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Esmeralda is as passionate about her academic pursuits as she is about theater, especially science. She is the president of the Ecology Club Artistic Committee and Vice-President of the Botany Committee. She was one of Carrollton’s Academic Leaders and led her team to a first-place victory at the 2019 Columbus Scholastic Olympics. Esmeralda is grateful for the many positive learning experiences since founding Rising Stars Miami and is especially proud that they have been invited by the highly-respected organization, Breakthrough Miami, to teach the Arts & Culture class to 6th-graders on Saturdays at the Ransom Everglades Middle School campus. Esmeralda is also happy that in addition to the classes they will teach, Rising Stars Miami will sponsor an opera performance at Breakthrough Miami this Spring of the YPO (Young Patronesses of the Opera) In-School Opera Program performed by professional opera singers. She loves working with the kids at Breakthrough Miami and at the community centers that RSM visits and is happy to be able to give back to her community in this way. Her goals for 2020 are to expand the RSM scholarship and grants program with more donations and sponsorships and to increase Rising Stars Miami’s membership.
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Addison (Addie) Griñan
Founding Member | 13

Addison (Addie) is an eighth grader at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and enjoys acting and being part of a stage family. She has been...

heavily Involved in both musical theater and straight theater for the past three years with roles including The Queen of Hearts in Alice and Wonderland, Jovie in Elf, Scuttle in Little Mermaid, Beth in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Sher Khan in The Jungle Book, and Mushu in Mulan Jr. Addison has learned the importance of working behind the scenes as well as being on stage. In her efforts to become a better actress, she has studied stage lighting, costuming and stage direction. Additionally, she remains true to her passion of community service and is very people oriented and eagerly jumps into community service endeavors. Because of these two passions, she is elated to give back once again through one of her favorite mediums with Rising Stars Miami.
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Georgia Strump
Founding Member | 16

Georgia is a 10th grader at Westminister Christian School. She recently performed in the world premiere of a new West End musical at The London Palladium...

She has been actively involved in theater for eight years through Miracle Theater, Area Stage, The Grove Players and her school. She has played the role of Tallulah in Bugsy Malone, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, Aunty Em in The Wizard of Oz and Mrs. McCarthy in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. She has also appeared in many other theatrical productions and showcases. Georgia has extensively studied singing and has been a part of the Miami Children’s Choir as well as the WCS Ensemble group. Her hobbies include writing songs, playing the guitar and piano, film making, dance, as well as running track and cross country. This summer, Georgia was accepted into the Juilliard music program in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Berklee songwriting program in Boston. Last summer, Georgia was chosen to participate in the advanced songwriting program at The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. She has also studied multiple summers at the Frost School of Music at The University of Miami and has won numerous Excellent and Superior level medals at both the District and State Thespian competitions. Georgia is very excited to be a part of The Rising Stars and loves working with the kids because they are so enthusiastic.
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Jacob Wolfe
Founding Member | 17

Jacob’s passion for the performing arts sprouted at a young age when he took up the piano at age 4. After a strong 6 years of playing the piano,...

he desired to learn a more versatile instrument, the guitar. Since age 10, Jacob has been perfecting his abilities on the guitar, being able to play a wide variety of styles. He has been playing lead guitar and singing as a core member of the Temple Beth Am Youth Choir for six years. Jacob is a Junior at Ransom Everglades School where he is an active member of the school’s Rock For Relief club, a non-profit club that hosts concerts to support different organizations or relief efforts. Jacob has attended Ransom Everglades since sixth grade, where he participated in their drama program from 6th-8th grade. He has acted in, produced, and written various shows and plays associated with the program. In addition to his love for the performing arts, Jacob has a passion for engineering and technology. In 8th grade, he joined Ransom’s VEX IQ Robotics team. Since then he has moved on to working in a much more interesting field of robots, Battlebots. He competed previously designed three and fifteen-pound Battlebots, before designing, machining, assembling, and competing his own 15-pound bot. He is proficient in multiple 3D design programs and will be learning how to code in a Computer Science course next year. Jacob is extremely excited and thankful to be a founding member of Rising Stars Miami and hopes that together, we can all make a positive impact on our community.
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Devon Lane
Founding Member | 18

At the age of five Devon started playing piano and singing. He kept up his love of music through his elementary years winning school talent...

competitions and received the lead in several musicals. In 6th grade he was awarded the piano seat in the Jazz band in Miami’s top Jazz program at South Miami Middle School. This honor is reserved for 8th graders. With this SMMS band full of talent - they went on to win straight Superiors for three years in every competition. He competed in Orlando, Atlanta and Washington DC. He was also elected to perform in the Miami Superintendent’s Honor Band. Devon added percussion to his instruments at SMMS and began playing drum set and snare in Wind Ensemble in addition to the Jazz piano. In the 2016-17 high school year Devon was awarded a coveted position in the prestigious New World School of the Arts. He played in the New World Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Orchestra. During this same year he began playing the Bassoon with University of Miami’s Shalala outreach program and is now in his 4th year. In the 2017-2018 school years he was awarded Drum Captain and lead and marched in numerous parades throughout the city. He is currently at Robert Morgan High in the Performing Arts strand. He plays in the Jazz band on Piano and the Wind Ensemble on Bassoon. He is currently working on a musical as well. While music is an integral part of his life - community volunteering is even more important to him. Devon began volunteering in elementary school and has enjoyed mentoring in many programs in the summers and spring and winter breaks with Touching Miami with Love, Kix Youth For Christ in Homestead and on missions in the Bahamas, Nicaragua and Columbia. When a group of friends approached him about founding Rising Stars it was a natural next step to what he was already doing. Rising Stars has been a terrific community program and spring board for giving back with talented friends. Devon has a strong GPA and is on the Principals Honor Roll. He loves the outdoors, his Labrador Toby, his brother Andrew and Mom and Dad. He spend part of his summer at the family home in North Carolina where he hikes in the Smokey Mountains and enjoys time out on the lake.
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Kiran Desai
Founding Member | 17

Kiran is a 16 year old student interested in piano, photography and volunteerism. His musical career began at age 6 when he first came across a ...

piano and sheet music and immediately sat down to plunk out and annotate a new song of his own. Since then, he has studied jazz piano for ten years with a private teacher and at several of the country’s top music summer schools including Berklee, the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and the Stanford Jazz Camp where he received the best piano soloist award. He is an active member of two of the jazz combos at his school, Ransom Everglades, and looks forward to studying music theory next year at the AP level. In addition to jazz piano, Kiran has played several shows with pop and rock bands. Kiran is also interested in photography and loves the ability to make art himself while documenting other artists and athletes. He has been published in US Lacrosse Magazine, was selected for and published in Ransom Everglades’ Inklings arts magazine, and has interned and shot for several music festivals including iiipoints, Astroworld and Rolling Loud and several online publications. He is currently an intern with DRKT, a Miami based creative agency. Finally, and most importantly, Kiran loves giving back to the community and loves working with kids and thus really enjoys the outreach opportunities and connection that Rising Stars provides.
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Isabella Villa
Founding Member | 16

Isabella is a sixteen-year-old Junior at Carrollton School of the Sacred heart. She acquired a passion for dance at an early age and is a current...

member of the dance team at Carrollton. In addition, Isabella was a member of the LDDF Dance Studio competitive Company Team for four years. Now Isabella expresses her love of dance through Rising Stars Miami, where she can expose kids to the performing arts. She is fully bilingual (English and Spanish) and also has 10 years of mandarin studies.
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Mela Lew
Founding Member | 14

Mela is an outgoing 14 year old and in the 8th grade at Ransom Everglades. As early as she can remember, she had a love for music, the arts and...

languages. She currently studies violin, piano and Mandarin. She is always up for a challenge and new experiences. She has participated in Chinese speech competitions, talent shows, violin recitals and violin competitions. She loves to perform as it allows her to express herself and connect with the audience through music. Her other passion is sailing which she continues to do both during school and over the summer. She is very excited to be a part of Miami Rising Stars and looks forward to helping others learn the joys of music and the arts.
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Natacha Gamby
Founding Member | 13

Natacha has been exposed to music from a very early age. She has been on the National Roll for the Piano Guild Auditions for the past six years. ...

The Junior Creative Collaborator, Vice-President of the Coral Gables Jr. Music Club and a member for the past four years. She currently attends seventh grade at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School where she is a member of their Elite Chamber Choir and one of the news anchors for their Broadcasting Team. She was the first place winner of the Elocution Competition at STA 2018. Natacha played violin with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Orchestra for the past two years and continues to study violin at her school. Although music is her passion, she greatly enjoys dance and is in her eight year of Ballet training. She has performed in numerous productions of beloved ballets such as he Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia among others. She has a great interest in technology and graphic design, always with strong determination to create art. Natacha has taken part in many musicals including the role of Marta for the beloved classic the Sound of Music with the Miami Childrens Theatre. She currently takes voice lessons from Grisel Lussier and attends the Edge Voice and Performance Studies at STA. In the Spring of 2018 she was awarded a scholarship for Musical Theatre from the prestigious Coral Gables Music Club. Natacha is extremely excited and thankful to join the group of Rising Stars Miami and hopes, that through them, she can make an impact in our community!
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Peter Mendiola
Founding Member | 17

Peter is a Junior at Ransom Everglades High School. His hobbies include fishing, lobstering, swimming, boating, reading and writing. He also...

plays Lacrosse on his school’s team. His background in acting include being in the school play, which was an amalgamation of radio skits from the 1930s and 40s, in the eighth grade. His background in writing includes writing an innumerable amount of skits and scenes, most of which are comedic. He aspires to be a screenwriter and movie director.
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Isabella Polak
Member | 13

Isabella is an eighth grader at G.W Carver and enjoys acting and singing. She has been apart of the musical theatre...

community for 5 years with previous roles including Ursula, The Little Mermaid, Mama, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Narrator 4, Beauty and the Beast and ensemble in Pinocchio, Wizard of Oz and Aladdin. She has always loved reading participating in many poem and essay competitions. Isabella also enjoys volunteering at church camps over the summer helping students with learning disabilities and other students learn about god. She is so happy to participate in Rising Stars Miami to help others learn about music and the arts.
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Madeline Newcomm
Member | 14
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Fernanda Garcia Moreno
Founding Member | 17

(2018 – 2019)
Fernanda was born in Mexico City in 2003, and came to the US in 2005. She then moved to Moscow, Russia...

in 2008 and began playing the piano and the violin. She has lived in Miami since 2011, and has continued to play the piano, and has since learned to play the guitar. Since 2011, she has been playing the piano at the Frost School of Music, and is self taught in the guitar. She is currently a Junior at Ransom Everglades, and is very excited to be a part of Rising Stars Miami, and contribute to making an impact in the community by inspiring others to follow their passions for music and the arts.
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Ava Bean
Founding Member | 13

(2018 – 2019)
Ava is a rising 8th grader at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and an aspiring actress. She is thrilled...

to be a part of Rising Stars Miami. She loves working with the kids and is very grateful to The Swietelsky family for all the amazing opportunities they’ve given her. Ava’s previous credits include: Wizard of Oz jr (Cowardly Lion), The Wedding Singer (George), Shrek Jr (Donkey), Seussical (Wickersham), Into The Woods (Witch), Cinderella (Fairy/Ensemble), Thoroughly Modern Millie jr (Rita), The Lion King (Timon/Ensemble), and 42nd Street (Ensemble).
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Harry Veith
Founding Member | 18

(2018-2019)

Harry is an alto saxophonist who has had a long standing passion for music. Starting on the violin at the age 7 he quickly grew fascinated by the world of...

 

music. In elementary school he joined the school orchestra as well as the Greater Miami Youth Symphony String Orchestra. In his elementary years he also participated in a summer program at the University of Miami focusing on jazz composition and theory. Entering middle school at Ransom Everglades School he transitioned to the alto saxophone, where he performed in a number solo and ensemble performances. He has continued his pursuit of musical study and performance in the Ransom Everglades High School Band and now the Coral Gables Senior High Jazz Band. Outside of school, Harry has participated in the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Jazz Band and attended a Jazz Intensive with Latin-Grammy-Award -winning musician Ed Calle. Beyond music, Harry enjoys academics and volunteering. He was inducted into the Ransom Everglades National Science Honor Society and is an AP Scholar with Honors. This past summer he was selected to conduct research on glaucoma at the renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute through the University of Miami’s Howard Hughes High School Scholars Program. This will be Harry’s third year volunteering at the Barnyard in Coconut Grove, Florida where he has tutored underprivileged children on a weekly basis. Harry has enjoyed helping with activities at the Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove, Florida and has been active assisting the homeless with Plymouth Congregational Church attending a mission trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sponsored by the church.
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RSM Scholarship for the Arts Recipients

Guillermo Barrera
Scholarship Recipient | 8

We met Guillermo Barrera at Branches Florida City Community Center and we immediately fell in love with his enthusiasm and his willingness to jump in to everything we were showing him!  Guillermo, who is in second grade, won a Rising Stars Miami Scholarship to the Broadway Bites Theater Workshop at Area Stage Company this summer and was a real star! 

Meet Guillermo
Jeanna Chevalier
Scholarship Recipient | 11
Kamariya Ferniza
Scholarship Recipient | 11
ESSENCE OF DANCE TEAM Virrick Park Community Center
RSM Grant Recipients

Essence of Dance Team is a talented group of young dancers at Elizabeth Virrick Park Community Center in Coconut Grove who are achieving amazing success under the artistic direction of Vicky Rivers.  They placed 3rd in the State of Florida in the JV HIPHOP category at their first year as competitors in the 2019 PopWarner Dance Competition!

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JAZZ SKILLS: THE ART OF LISTENING
Next Monday 8/3: Nicole Yarling shares insights on becoming a better musician, learning to recognize not only the mechanics of music but also how to listen and play with other musicians and create the dynamic that allows each the room to display their individual voices.

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#MaximilianSwietelsky, @max_swietelsky you have created SUCH a FAB class teaching other students about the “History of Jazz: Intro to Black Music” through your #RisingStars_Miami organization and #BreakthroughMiami. I am so impressed with you (being a H.S. student yourself!!! 😬👏🏽). Thank you for having me as a guest presenter – I loved speaking about my fave vocalists including #songstylistnancywilson, #SarahVaughanfanpage #CarmenMcRae, and of course #firstladyofsong (Ella) & #billieholidayofficial. Bravo, young lion…Keep It Up!! ❤️🙌🏽
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Jazz Fusion Today! 1970-1980’s
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1:30 PM EST Today: online jazz history class. Talking about the 1940’s -1950’s Bebop modern jazz movement and how it revolutionized jazz. Guest: @shellybergofficial Open to kids and adults. Sign up link in bio ⬆️ #jazz #jazzeducation #jazzmusic #jazzteacher #bebopjazz #shellyberg #introtojazz #breakthroughmiami #maxswietelsky ...

Coming up next week:
RSM founder @max_swietelsky will be teaching a course on jazz, African American Music: Intro to Jazz as an elective class this summer at the @breakthroughmiami Virtual Summer Institute. Max, a rising senior at @ransomevergladesschool , is both a classical pianist and the jazz alto sax player on Ransom’s #RECombo, which won 2nd. place earlier this year at the National Jazz Festival. He fell in love with jazz a couple of years ago and wants to bring that appreciation to a new generation of young kids.

The course, which is limited to 10 students, will feature local and national guest jazz musicians, educators, and historians whom Max will interview on the era being covered that day and play samples of the music and maybe even have a live performance or two.

The #BreakthroughScholars will learn about jazz and its African American origins in the Deep South at the end of the 19th. century and all the way up to present time, about the different styles and cities where it evolved, and all the great musicians that this original American art form has produced which have influenced world music for generations.
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Rising Stars Miami is a teenage non-profit created by Esmeralda Swietelsky '24 and her brother, Max Swietelsky, which promotes the performing arts for under-resourced kids in Miami. Through its partnership with Breakthrough Miami, they teach the Arts to kids, exposing them to jazz, opera, dance, songwriting, drumming, acting, and improv. They have stayed connected with their students during the pandemic through Zoom, and will continue to develop new programs they can offer through their virtual academy. Addison Griñan '24 and Isabella Villa '21 also volunteer with Rising Stars Miami. We are proud of our students for serving their community! #Carrollton #cssh #WeAreSacredHeart @risingstars_miami
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Supporting scholars takes a village – Today we reminisce and show gratitude for the many members of our @BreakthroughMiami community. Local organizations are an essential part of our village and help us cultivate unique experiences and opportunities for our scholars. @risingstars_miami spent the school year partnering with our @ransomeverglades campus to deliver dynamic arts programming. Partnering with @youngpatronessesoftheopera, Rising Stars Miami enabled our scholars to see a professional in-school opera version of Mozart's Magic Flute; Papageno. #ItTakesAVillage #TakeMeBackTuesday #BreakthroughTheDistance
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Rising Stars Miami is proud to sponsor PAPAGENO, the kids' version of Mozart's opera, the Magic Flute, to the whole campus of Breakthrough Miami scholars next Saturday! This production is part of @youngpatronessesoftheopera In School Opera Program that brings opera to over 30,000 Miami-Dade County schoolchildren each year. We are so proud to partner with @breakthroughmiami in teaching the Arts & Culture Class to their scholars!
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Our kids are inspired by the arts to succeed #inspired #thearts #success #nextgeneration #communityservice #risingstarsmiami #kidsteachingkids #connectingcommunities #bringingtheartstolife ...

Congrats to our own @max_swietelsky and the @ransomevergladesschool #RECombo for earning an impressive second place in the small ensemble category at the @national jazz festival in Philadelphia!! #maximilianswietelsky #reproud #jazz #jazzcombo #miamitalent #nationaljazzfestival #altosax #miamikids #REproud ...

Meet Jeanna... one of our scholarship recipients for #musicaltheatre who auditioned for us at @branchesflacity Thanks to @areastage for supporting #risingstarsmiami ⭐️ !#rsmscholarshipforthearts #branchesfloridacity #supportlocalartists #artsforall #dreambig ...

#letartspeak TO YOU 💜 ...

Today we were also #breakthroughscholars and joined our 6th. grade @breakthroughmiami #artsandculture class on a special tour of the amazing Institute of Contemporary Art @icamiami museum in the @miamidesigndistrict . Thought-provoking installation by #robertgober #icamuseum #contemporaryart #teachingkids #criticalthinking #thoughtprovoking #artinstallation #artmuseum #museumday #miamilife #artappreciation #contemporaryartmuseum #artexhibition #artsforall #kidsofinstagram #risingstarsmiami ...

Very 🔥 performance last night by these amazing high school musicians...felt like a jazz club... let’s have some 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 for the Ransom jazz #recombo and RSM’s own @max_swietelsky on alto sax🎷 ⭐️ This song: #joehenderson classic, #homestretch @ransomevergladesschool #connormunroe #tenorsax #andressoto #jazzbass #liammalloy #drums #maxvallone #piano #austincharlton #trombone #maxswietelsky #altosaxophone #jazz #jazzmusic #reproud #miamijazz ...

#Songwriting 101... getting creative together @breakthroughmiami #kidsteachingkids #musicforall #risingstarsmiamiatbreakthrough #saturdays #reproud #risingstarsmiami #nextgeneration ...

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