What It Means to be an Artist

Huffington College - Tue, 2014-10-28 13:46
Being an artist in all its multiplicities of characteristics and talents, is among the most demanding of all demands that we can make of ourselves. We have entered a universe of complexity and simplicity, discovery and delusion. It will never finish. It will never be entirely revealed. Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

Realizing Visions

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-10-27 14:38
The following reflection by Eric Booth, Senior Advisor to the Sistema Fellows Program, appears in the Program's final report, to be published in November 2014. Vision is both literal and metaphoric—both the capacity to perceive what is present and to see what is invisible or ready to appear. José Antonio... Sistema Fellows Program

Impact of the Sistema Fellows

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-10-27 13:39
Based on research conducted this past summer by Elaine Sandoval (Sistema Fellow '13), here is a snapshot of the activity and impact of the Sistema Fellows in the United States: -Fellows are transforming the lives of vulnerable children in 37 communities in 17 states, from Juneau, Alaska to Austin, Texas.... Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Fellowship Resource Center

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-10-27 12:53
Through the Sistema Fellows Program, NEC has made a very significant contribution towards creating the next generation of arts leadership. Between October 2009 and May 2014, five classes of Fellows were challenged to re-imagine the potential of music education to transform the lives of children, especially at-risk children in this... Sistema Fellows Program

Marching off the map

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-10-27 11:23
In the West, we have an obsession with specialization, becoming an expert in one skill or field. This has resulted in the delineation of a myriad of genres and styles of art, and an ensuing hierarchy, so that ‘crossover’ between different genres of music is generally not encouraged. In the... Sistema Fellows Program

Orchestra can be anything

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-10-27 11:16
On Thursday, Harmony Project students walked into orchestra rehearsal with the chairs completely rearranged – instead of designated sections with rows and the usual seating assignments, they were in two giant semi circles, where everyone was playing side by side. This was inspired by: -An experience I had a couple... Sistema Fellows Program

MUS 1600

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-10-27 11:09
This semester, I have the privilege to teach a course on El Sistema at North Park University in Chicago as part of this exciting new Certificate Program. Our diverse class includes students from El Sistema programs in Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica. In this introductory class, we are examining El... Sistema Fellows Program

Storytelling

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-10-27 11:02
Steven Liu, Adrienne Taylor, Andrea Profili (2011 Sistema Fellows) For young musicians to have storytelling as part of their portfolio of skills will give them an edge in our incredibly competitive world. I suppose you could call it "presentation skills," or "good communication," but I like to stay with "storytelling"... Sistema Fellows Program

OVERCOMING OVERWHELMING

Penguin - Mon, 2014-10-20 19:36
by SOPHIA ADICKES Third-year BM Voice     At this point, you’ve hopefully made it through the endless week of testing, placement auditions, and non-stop introductions. In addition to forgetting names, you’re probably a little nervous about adjusting to a conservatory environment, a new city, and dorm life. The good news is: you’re not alone! […]

How to Be Successful Using Great Communication Skills

Huffington College - Fri, 2014-10-17 10:44
Storytelling is an essential part of every culture. People are always eager to hear or relate a story whether from a book, a film, a play, a remembrance from childhood or a recent vacation. Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

The Ensemble, October edition

Exploring El Sistema - Thu, 2014-10-09 23:34
The October edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond, and featuring an essay by Julie Davis, Sistema Fellow '12, is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Where are they now?

Exploring El Sistema - Thu, 2014-10-09 23:23
An interactive map showing the current locations of the 50 Sistema Fellows, as of October 2014. Sistema Fellows Program

Teaching social change through song

Exploring El Sistema - Thu, 2014-10-09 15:42
While growing up in Baltimore, current Fishtown resident Alysia Lee was a bit of a problem child with a lot of attitude. "As a kid, I was really smart mouthed and prone to violence. I’d throw desks and chairs in school," Lee said. "I just had a lot of issues... Sistema Fellows Program

El Sistema@University Circle in the news

Exploring El Sistema - Thu, 2014-10-09 15:35
The Music Settlement, which offers music therapy, early childhood education and music instruction to people of all ages, announced it has absorbed the assets of El Sistema@University Circle and is offering scholarships to former El Sistema students. Isabel Trautwein (Sistema Fellow '11) in action. Terms of the arrangement were not... Sistema Fellows Program

TONIGHT I BATHE IN SUNLIGHT

Penguin - Tue, 2014-10-07 19:08
by NATALIE ALPER-LEROUX Third-year BM Viola       as my pear of hope and hopelessness flies fragrant and soft into the inky black I drink star blood and it dribbles in gleaming silver rivulets down my chin I wipe it off the pimples with the back of my hand already marked with the dirt that […]

EASY FALL DESSERTS

Penguin - Tue, 2014-10-07 19:07
by FRANKIE YU Second-year MM Trombone     Here are two recipes that are simple and fun, and not too challenging for someone who doesn’t make things very often (you know who you are). I’ll admit they are both desserts, but I have no shame! Lemon Squares As Fall comes around my taste buds crave the sweeter […]

COSTUME STAND-OFF

Penguin - Tue, 2014-10-07 19:06
by SYD RVINSKY Second-year BM Voice   by ELIZABETH WENDT Second-year BM Voice     Syd and Elizabeth give us some competing viewpoints on how best to make a good impression this Halloween season! SYD: October. Sweaters, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course: Halloween. For children, the favored holiday is synonymous with fun costumes, staying out […]

WHO’S AFRAID OF OPERA?

Penguin - Tue, 2014-10-07 19:05
by SOPHIA ADICKES Third-year BM Voice     For many people, opera has the reputation of being an art form that is not just sophisticated, but sometimes unaccessible. Other than taking the time out of your day to sit in a darkened theater for anywhere from three to six (!) hours, there are limited opportunities […]

LAKE STREET DIVE

Penguin - Tue, 2014-10-07 19:04
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone       Music school, if you’re not careful, can be a sort of solitary confinement at times. You sit alone in a room for many daylight hours repeating the same task over and over, and it may not ever feel like it’s getting better. It’s refreshing, then, to […]

TEN WAYS TO STAY SANE AT NEC!

Penguin - Tue, 2014-10-07 19:03
by LIZ TOBIAS First-year DMA Jazz Voice     Build Your Friendship Group It took me 6 months at NEC to really find the right friends. I had this ridiculous task-orientated view of just “getting through” my masters and didn’t stop until the end of my first semester to actually make real, true-to-life friends.  My advice […]

MUSICIANS OWN MUSIC BECAUSE MUSIC OWNS THEM. VIRGIL THOMSON