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Cultivating Cohesion

Mon, 2014-12-15 10:22
This process of developing and articulating a new practice, one well-founded in scientific research, was never a theoretical exercise for me, but part of my own desire to resolve for myself the paradox of the orchestra as agent of social change vs. orchestra as the most anti-social mode of cultural... Sistema Fellows Program

MA Cultural Council funding

Tue, 2014-12-09 18:04
The Massachusetts Cultural has announced a new statewide iniative to support intensive, ensemble-based music education programs inspired by El Sistema. According to the MCC's website, "SerHacer (To be, To make) is focused on supporting the growing number of intensive, ensemble-based music programs that enable music as a vehicle for youth... Sistema Fellows Program

Profiles in Courage

Tue, 2014-12-09 17:50
Stanford Thompson '10 was named one of thirty Professionals of the Year by Musical America, honoring individuals in the performing arts who have “taken a risk, stepped up for the cause, spoken out where others were silent—all to the measurable benefit of their respective organizations and/or the field.” Read the... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, December edition

Tue, 2014-12-09 17:22
The December 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

Recent Updates from Sistema Global Research

Wed, 2014-12-03 17:48
Sistema Global Research is excited to announce that Oxford University Press has given us permission to host the opening pages to the recently published book El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela's Youth by ethnomusicologist Geoffrey Baker. On our recent scholarship page, please also find an author statement to the Sistema Global community.... Sistema Fellows Program

Preparing for Geoff Baker's book

Mon, 2014-11-24 16:16
Jonathan Govias '10 has written a measured response to the recent anxiety in the El Sistema-inspired field caused by the upcoming release of Geoffrey Baker's research into El Sistema in Venezuela. Here is an excerpt: "Humans have a tendency to embrace information that reinforces previously determined viewpoints. This is called... Sistema Fellows Program

Atlanta Music Project annual report

Mon, 2014-11-24 16:02
AMP, founded by Dantes Rameau '10, had 30 students during its first year of programming. In 2014, there are 115 students, including 65 participants in AMPlify (co-founded by Aisha Bowden '12). Click here to read the Atlanta Music Project's 2014 annual report. Sistema Fellows Program

Shift:Englewood

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:55
Congratulations to Ayriole Frost '14 and Albert Oppenheimer '12 on the successfully launch of Shift:Englewood on Chicago's South Side! Check out Shift:Englewood's new website and Facebook page. Sistema Fellows Program

Thoughts from Scotland

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:37
The following are personal reflections from the recent international conference for teaching artists hosted by Big Noise, an El Sistema-inspired program in Raploch, Scotland. [I'm thinking about] starting community initiatives that involve the families directly, whether that be a Swedish Venstay (friend stay) where they serve cookies and sing and... Sistema Fellows Program

DCYOP update

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:17
An excerpt from the DC Youth Orchestra Program's new monthly newsletter: "Located at Garrison Elementary School, the Children’s Orchestra is an after school string program that aims to enhance DCPS elementary students’ interest in learning, strengthen their connection to school, and improve their academic and social skills. Thanks to the... Sistema Fellows Program

The Power of Music

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:01
The Annenberg Foundation has funded the creation of a publicly available online resource for music educators about El Sistema-inspired programming. The website features video commentary by Sistema Fellows and related colleagues, including Lorrie Heagy '10, Alvaro Rodas '10, Dan Berkowitz '10, Christine Witkowski '10, and Aisha Bowden '12. Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Fellows in LA

Mon, 2014-11-24 14:44
Fellows and friends recently met for dinner in Los Angeles at the National Guild for Community Arts Education annual conference. Photos by Eriel Huang. Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, November edition

Tue, 2014-11-04 09:16
The November 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 Graciela Briceno, Sistema Fellow '11, is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Fellows Program Final Report

Tue, 2014-11-04 09:13
Download the Sistema Fellows Program Final Report here (PDF) Sistema Fellows Program

Realizing Visions

Mon, 2014-10-27 13:38
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

Mon, 2014-10-27 12:39
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

Mon, 2014-10-27 11:53
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

Mon, 2014-10-27 10:23
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

Mon, 2014-10-27 10:16
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

Mon, 2014-10-27 10:09
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

YOU PLAY BACH YOUR WAY, AND I'LL PLAY HIM HIS WAY. WANDA LANDOWSKA