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Reflections on El Sistema at ISME

Sun, 2014-08-17 22:32
It’s been over two weeks now since I returned from attending the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil (July 20-25), but it’s taken that long, and the juxtaposition of ongoing work and presenting at another conference, to fully process a wonderful experience in the ISME... Sistema Fellows Program

Merida's orchestra system

Sun, 2014-08-10 21:40
I was interested in the progression of the students through the different levels of the orchestra. My own experience has involved a more rigid system - we think more of progress on the scale of the individual e.g. this musician has reached a certain technical level and is ready to... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, August edition

Sun, 2014-08-10 21:33
The August 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 Katie Wyatt (Sistema Fellow '10) on her observations of El Sistema in the United Kingdom, is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Returning to Acarigua

Sun, 2014-08-10 21:27
The first day of my much-anticipated return to Acarigua, I stopped to chat with the núcleo director, Roberto Zambrano, while the orchestra was on break. He was on the phone, in full crisis-prevention mode.... It isn’t a real Venezuelan seminario without some kind of crisis, and once again fate had... Sistema Fellows Program

Westminster Conducting Institute

Mon, 2014-07-14 14:33
Co-Founding and directing AMPlify has been a joy for me. A joy that I hope will deepen as the years go by. Wanting the best for our young artists in AMPlify means first wanting the best for myself, so when I made a decision on where to receive some training... Sistema Fellows Program

Why You Should Care About Beethoven

Mon, 2014-07-07 14:32
Photo: Anna Wu Five years ago today, I decided to put a performing career on hold to chase something that I’d grown more passionate about. After spending more than 15 years of my life honing my craft as an orchestral and jazz trumpeter, the sudden change of heart in my... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, July edition

Mon, 2014-07-07 14:28
The July edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Give Your Life Away

Mon, 2014-07-07 14:23
What will be your legacy? It is hard to know that one thing or those few things that will leave a lasting positive impact on our world. For instance, few would ever guess that a woman making Johnny cakes for her neighbors in the middle of the 20th century on... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, June edition

Mon, 2014-06-09 14:52
The June edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Tony Woodcock in Juneau, Alaska

Mon, 2014-06-09 14:25
NEC President Tony Woodcock delivers a speech about El Sistema and the Sistema Fellows Program, with Lorrie Heagy (Sistema Fellow '10) and JAMM students at the Juneau World Affairs Council. Download JAMM's 2013-2014 final report here. Sistema Fellows Program

2014 Midwest Seminario

Mon, 2014-06-09 13:57
A gathering of Midwest El Sistema-inspired programs from Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Lexington, and Chicago at Three Rivers School in Cleves, Ohio. Participants included Dayton Philharmonic's Q the Music, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra's North Limestone Music Works (Rachel Hockenberry, Sistema '13), Chicago's Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, COR's Music Project, People's Music School... Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Fellows Program featured on TED Prize Blog

Thu, 2014-05-29 11:24
On a drizzly spring day in Boston earlier this month, three dozen musicians mingled in the President’s Library of the New England Conservatory, one of the most prestigious music institutions in the country. The weather did not dampen the infectious enthusiasm in the room. After all, 10 of these musicians... Sistema Fellows Program

Fellows at WGBH

Thu, 2014-05-22 12:44
The 2014 Fellows at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio practicing radio interviewing techniques with the assistance of Benjamin Roe, Managing Director of Classical Services. Sistema Fellows Program

Suki's graduation remarks

Wed, 2014-05-21 16:56
I warmly greet the Class of Sistema Fellows 2014 and all of those Fellows who came before, and with whom the Friends of the Sistema Fellows have shared such an enriching and meaningful time. More than ever I am convinced that each Class of ten was appointed by the Muses... Sistema Fellows Program

Fifth class graduation and reunion weekend

Wed, 2014-05-21 16:50
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An Inquiry into Creating Intentional Social Change through Ensemble-based Music Programs

Thu, 2014-05-15 21:44
The Fifth Class of Sistema Fellows has written this paper together as a culmination of a year of inquiring, discussing, observing and experiencing. We hope this document will be viewed as our contribution to the ongoing discussion and dialogue around using music for social change, and we see our audience... Sistema Fellows Program

805 seminario

Tue, 2014-05-13 12:24
Last weekend, students from the Incredible Childrens Art Network in Santa Barbara traveled to Ventura to learn alongside students from The New West Symphony Harmony Project. This seminario was the result of an ongoing collaboration between ICAN's Program Director Xochitl Tafoya (Sistema Fellow '13) and New West's Education & Artistic... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, May edition

Mon, 2014-05-12 15:27
The May edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Year-end invitations, free and open to the public

Thu, 2014-05-08 10:46
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LIFE IS A LOT LIKE JAZZ. IT'S BEST WHEN YOU IMPROVISE. GEORGE GERSHWIN