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Telematic Bridges / Puentes Telemáticos

Raised toward our $4,000 Goal
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Project has ended
Project ended on September 08, at 12:00 AM PDT
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Telematic Bridges / Puentes Telemáticos

This project has ended, but you can still support amazing UCI initiatives by visiting Your continued support of our students, faculty and staff will ensure that UCI remains the #1 university doing the most for the American dream. Go Anteaters!


Telematic Bridges / Puentes Telemáticos is a course that uses cutting-edge technologies to link youth in North and South America in a co-located music classroom. This August will be our second time offering this innovative course that connects students from Santa Ana High School in California and Fundación Batuta in Manizales, Colombia. All instruction takes place in electronic music laboratories at the University of California, Irvine (in CA) and the University of Caldas (in Manizales), giving students a chance to experience these campuses and work in electronic music studios with professional software and high-bandwidth networks.

Your gift, of any size, will help us reach our goal of raising $4,000 for the August 2018 course. Your donation will go directly to helping our students from Santa Ana by supporting funding transportation costs for students, nutritious food for students, a videographer/photographer and an assistant instructor.

Our students are often from low-income families and will be the first in their families to attend college. Your support opens doors for them to participate in this incredible hands-on learning experience in the arts.

We hope that this initiative will not only inspire this year's students, but also have a lasting impact on intercultural understanding, diversity in higher education, and future applications of computer networking technologies in the arts.

Students will learn about one another’s cultures, while also exploring music technology basics and producing creative work in composition and improvisation. Working with bilingual instructors at both sites, students will develop collaborative projects throughout the week, culminating in an open lab session to share the results with friends and family.

At UCI, the course is led by Professor Michael Dessen a composer, and trombonist who has been working with high-resolution networked music performance for over a decade, and assisted by Dan Abrams, a UCI Music BM and MFA alumnus and an instructor at Santa Ana High School.

This initiative was created in 2017 by Professor Dessen in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Caldas in Colombia as well as Juan David Rubio, a Colombia native, and UC Irvine MFA alumnus. The project leverages an ongoing partnership between the UCI Music Dept. and Santa Ana High School's music program. Long-term plans include establishing a course that would run throughout the academic year from an electronic music studio at SAHS, enabling students to have more sustained engagement with instructors and other youth at different sites around the world.

We need your help! Please consider making a gift to help connect these bright young music students from around the world this summer. And don't forget, you can help us by sharing our campaign with your friends and family.  Thank you for your support!



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Audience member

By contributing $5, you will help get us one step closer to our goal to bring young students around the world together in an innovative music course this summer. Thank you so much!


Music friend

By contributing $10, you will provide a SAHS student with nutritious food for one day of the class. Thanks to you, they will have important fuel for their body and mind. Thank you.


Ensemble member

By contributing $25, you will be helping to provide SAHS students with a safe ride to and from UCI. Nothing will stand in their way. Thank you.



By contributing $50, you will be helping to provide all of the students with a talented and bi-lingual music assistant instructor for the course. Muchas Gracias!



By contributing $100, you will be helping to provide a SAHS student with nutritious snacks as well as transportation to and from UCI for the entire course. Thank you so much! We will send you a note from one of our grateful students.



By contributing $250, you will be helping to fund a SAHS student for the entire course. They will be able to get to/from UCI, have lunch with us, and receive professional instruction at the university. Thank you so much! We will send you a profile with information about the student you sponsored.



By contributing $500 or more, you will be helping us meet our goal of fully supporting this course this summer and in years to come. Thank you so much! You will be invited on a behind-the-scenes tour by Professor Dessen of the electronic music studios at UCI, including an introduction to the research happening there on networked music making. This is an experience not to be missed!

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