Ros Giffney is an individual who embodies the passion and vision of the El Sistema programme to effect social change. Ros joined Sistema Aotearoa at its inception in April 2011 and is responsible for the overall management and administration of the programme, ensuring effective programme execution, assuring sustainability and growth and realising the vision and goals of Sistema Aotearoa.
As a highly experienced paediatric developmental therapist, Ros brings a special set of skills to the programme. A key part of her work is integrating and enhancing the behavioural and social development of the students and evaluating the longer term outcomes in those areas. Within Sistema Aotearoa, Ros has developed a unique model of engagement that is underpinned by values and principles such as respect, responsibility, co-operation and aspiration. This model aims to influence a broad range of social goals in transformative ways, for example, personal, within families and the community, and societal.
This holistic approach is a critical factor in effectively engaging the children and impacting on their well-being, in addition to their whanau and the wider community. The strength and success of this approach has seen Sistema Aotearoa become a leader among El Sistema programmes worldwide.
A familiar face in South Auckland, Ros is committed to ensuring a long term, effective and vibrant programme in Otara.
The Music Director role is generously funded by the Hugo Charitable Trust
Leading the musical direction of Sistema Aotearoa is one of New Zealand’s most successful professional violinists, Jess Hindin. A tutor with the programme since it launched in Otara in 2011, Jess has a wealth of teaching experience and an exceptional ability to get the best out of every student.
Jess Hindin gained a degree in Performance Violin (First Class Honours) at The University of Auckland School of Music. Following her studies, she successfully auditioned for the internationally touring world music stage show ‘Barrage’, based in Alberta, Canada. After almost six years of extensive touring, encompassing five continents and multiple international television appearances, she returned home to continue a career as a freelance musician performing in New Zealand and internationally with different shows and bands
Alongside her role as Music Director of Sistema Aotearoa, Jess retains an active professional performing career and regularly records and performs for artists across various musical genres, and for television advertisements and movie soundtracks.
Jess creates an exciting and high quality teaching environment making Sistema Aotearoa an inspirational and fun place for students to learn.
Musicians, Registered Primary and ECE Teachers, Music therapists with a wide range of musical and teaching experience and skills together form a strong and multifaceted team to meet the holistic needs of the programme. Experienced instrumental specialists lead each instrumental programme, overseeing the design and delivery of curricula.
Volunteers from the Otara community and from wider Auckland are involved in many aspects of the programme including fund raising, assisting at sessions and events, and helping with administrative tasks.