change lives.

Zoey’s story: Soaring to new heights

Zoey, a young bassoonist, found herself ensnared in the clutches of anxiety. Learning music at Sistema, once a joy, felt like a daunting challenge as she struggled to hit the right notes.

This fear escalated to the extent that she shied away from solos, and her participation in class dwindled. Sistema became a place she dreaded, inventing excuses to escape something that once brought her so much happiness.

Her teacher, noticing Zoey’s struggles, embarked on a journey with her. Each day, they delved into the heart of her fears, peeling back layers of anxiety. He encouraged her to study her music, not just with her instrument but with her heart and mind. Their conversations gradually rekindled her passion for music.

As days turned into weeks, Zoey began to embrace her solos. Her participation in class blossomed, her newfound confidence becoming a melody that resonated through the classroom.

The pinnacle of this journey was the spring concert. There, under the warm glow of the stage lights, Zoey’s hard work culminated in a performance that was not just about playing the right notes, but about triumph over her fears.

As the final note lingered in the air, it was clear that Zoey had not just played a piece of music, she had overcome her crippling anxiety, a true testament to the transformative power of Sistema. And to the generosity of donors to the United Way, which supports Sistema.