The Dream Orchestra’s work has been recognized through several awards, including:
Ockenden International Prize 2021
Dream Orchestra Young Leaders Program was selected out of 146 projects from 43 countries, as one of the four winners of the 2021 Ockenden International Prizes for being, according to the jury, “a unique leadership project (…) that empowers young refugees by learning to play a musical instrument in the orchestra”.
Frihetstonen Prize 2021
Torgny Segerstedts Minne Foundation assures that: “Over the past five years, Dream Orchestra,under the guidance of the artistic director and founder Ron Davis Alvarez, has not only become a world-class youth orchestra, but has also taught hundreds of children and young people that music can be a way to make your voice heard, to find brotherhood in the world. Through hard work, through hundreds of rehearsals and in many concerts in front of huge audiences, this orchestra program has manifested the importance of defending the vulnerable and has shown how music can give hope and strength to new voices”.
I have learned about music theory, to play an instrument that I never thought would be possible for me to play, I have learned about other cultures and to have more empathy with others.