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Extra Curricular Ensembles

Chamber Music

The Celia Cruz Bronx High of Music’s Chamber Music Program serves instrumental students interested in pursuing more independent playing. In chamber music each voice is unique and important yet each part must be heard equally and in balance.

Chamber students deepen their understanding of music by playing all styles of repertoire; from Mozart and Shostakovich, to Tangos and improvisations.

Chamber groups have performed throughout New York City. Past performances include for Dennis Walcott, the chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, at the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Competition, the New York Botanical Gardens, The Bronx Library Center, and many more. An important part of chamber work includes inspiring a new generation of Bronx musicians.

Sophisticated Ladies: All Girls Jazz Band

Women are typically underrepresented in Jazz.  This ensemble was created to encourage young ladies to participate in the art of creating Jazz together outside of our curricular jazz ensembles.  Students play a variety of styles of music, including swing, funk, latin, and rock.  Performances include January and June Concerts, and various community events.  This group is open to any young lady who wishes to participate.  No audition is required.

Saxophone Ensemble

An extracurricular ensemble in which saxophone players form quartets or saxophone choir to play a variety of repertoire.  Students are given the opportunity to become better saxophonists individually and as an ensemble.  Performances include recitals, chamber music concerts, and various community events.  This group is open to any saxophonist who wishes to participate.  No audition is required.


Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) is a community-based bike shop and non-profit organization that facilitates job training and environmental education where students learn how to repair and refurbish bicycles. Through innovative programs  RAB is dedicated to the health, development, stewardship, and empowerment of NYC youth. In the past year alone, more than 1,000 RAB youth collectively refurbished 500 bicycles, pedaled 24,000 miles, and burned 1,750,000 calories. On average, RAB salvages 1,800 bicycles each year from the waste stream, diverting a total of 45,000 pounds of waste from NYC's landfills.


Stoked believes that riding a wave, building a skateboard, and gliding down snowy mountains can show teens that they are capable of greatness, despite the odds against them. Mentors in New York and L.A. from film directors to marketing professionals, who also have a passion for snowboarding, skateboarding, or surfing, take teens on day trips outside of the city and show them how to ride. From standing on a mountain top to catching a wave STOKED places kids in environments that not only changes their perspective, but changes their lives.


The STEP program was designed to help economically disadvantaged students to acquire the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to pursue course of study and careers in science, mathematics, technology, and health related fields. The STEP program aims to increase high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates. STEP hopes to bridge the gap of the underrepresentation of minorities, especially of females, in the science, technology, and engineering.