university clinics and workshops


Minas’ educational programs have reached over half a million youths in the form of primary and secondary school assemblies, residencies, and college/university teaching and clinics, promoting commonalities between Brazilian and American culture.


Native Brazilian, Orlando Haddad, conducts in-depth workshops, clinics and classes on the music of Brazil. His unique background as a complete musician in all areas of Brazilian music and instrumentation gives him exceptional abilities to bring authentic experiences to educational settings. Orlando’s rich background as a composer, guitarist, vocalist, percussionist, arranger, recording artist, and ensemble director, along with years of educational and professional performance experience, gives him depth and the flexibility to address a wide variety of educational needs. From Samba and other Afro-derived Brazilian music, to the sophisticated strains of Bossa Nova, to contemporary 20th-century music, Orlando has a solid footing in many disciplines.


In the Philadelphia area, Orlando has been responsible for launching programs in Brazilian Samba Percussion for the Graduate School at The University of Pennsylvania as well as Brazilian Percussion and Brazilian Jazz Ensemble courses at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he taught for ten years. He and Patricia have conducted many workshops at a number of university settings.


In addition to various educational institutional activities, Orlando created and directed PhilaSamba, the first street samba school in Philadelphia, in 1986. Orlando modeled PhilaSamba after samba schools in Brazil, creating community opportunities to bring people together in the positive setting of uplifting Brazilian music making.


Along with lecture events, Minas offers a multimedia Power Point presentation on the history of popular Brazilian music. Authentic Brazilian percussion Instruments are introduced and audience participation is encouraged to experience this infectious music!


samba drumming

Directed by Orlando Haddad, Orlando and Patricia organize and teach workshops in which students of all levels are able to participate and immediately grasp the gist and fun of samba music. Minas is able to supply an entire ensemble (up to 30 instruments), as well as handouts of rhythms, transcribed by Orlando.

brazilian guitar clinic

Brazilian guitar has become one of the most revered and loved styles of playing the instrument since João Gilberto created the Bossa Nova rhythm in the1950s. Whether sensual and gentle, intense and fast tempo, Samba and Bossa styles are full of syncopation and rich harmonies. Orlando Haddad grew up in Brazil during the Bossa Nova and Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) eras, and has played the guitar professionally since the age of 12. Students will learn the Brazilian guitar approach from Orlando, who has studied and performed the music of the masters, from Villa-Lobos to Jobim, Baden Powell and Paulinho Nogueira, and transcribed authentic guitar rhythms and chord voicings which define this unique style.


history of samba, bossa nova and mpb (multimedia)

Created and presented by Orlando Haddad, this multimedia presentation is suitable to both the student or the layman, for the classroom or auditorium. The program covers historical and technical aspects of Samba, Bossa Nova, and MPB, with audio and video examples. Orlando will also perform a live example of Bossa Nova and open the floor for discussion afterwards. This program can be enhanced by incorporating audience participation on samba percussion. (Duration 60-90 minutes)


brazilian jazz ensemble coaching

Minas, featuring native Brazilian Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, performers, recording artists, instrumentalists and vocalists, conduct clinics in university settings for all levels of understanding in Brazilian music. Minas will bring arrangements of Brazilian standards and originals in the styles of samba, chôro, bossa nova, baião, as well as other less-known Brazilian styles. Orlando and Patricia work with students focusing on Brazilian rhythms, and coach singers in Brazilian singing style and Portuguese diction.


symphony in bossa clinic/residency

Symphony in Bossa is a collaborative effort that represents some of the best writing of the extraordinary arranger, the late Bill Zaccagni, reflecting his passion for Brazilian music with lush and beautiful arrangements, combined with the popular and exciting performance by Minas. Incorporating Brazilian standards as well as some originals, Symphony in Bossa has been performed at various venues including The Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, Ocean City Pops, University of Delaware, and Pennsbury School, with standing ovations every time.


Minas works with large ensembles providing arrangements of Brazilian standards and originals with string and horn parts augmented by rhythm section and vocals. This offers a rare opportunity for classical and jazz departments to come together performing this unique and complex music of Brazil. Guests artists available upon request.


partial list of engagements

– Brown University, Providence, RI
– University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
– University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
– University of Delaware, Newark, DE
– University of Maryland, Salisbury, MD
– Cecil College, Elkton, MD
– University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA
– University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
– Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
– Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA
– Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA
– Haverford College, Haverford, PA
– Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
– Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
– Duke University, Durham, NC
– University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
– Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
– Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
– US Merchant Marine Academy, Long Island, NY
– Penn State University, State College, PA
– Widener University, Chester, PA
– Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
– Albright College, Reading, PA
– Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
– Stockton College, Stockton, NJ


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