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Collaboration & Creativity Laboratory Video

Tue, 2015-07-21 11:10
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Musical Service Residencies

Mon, 2015-07-20 10:37
"A few of my colleagues in the sector have voiced their growing concern over what might charitably be referred to as “Sistema Theatre.” You’ve probably seen the videos: giant massed orchestras, bright coloured shirts, exaggerated stage motion culminating in a strangely anti-social camera focus on hyperkinetic podium flailing. Spectacle has... Sistema Fellows Program

Collaboration & Creativity Laboratory

Mon, 2015-07-13 12:05
As a classically-trained pianist, I admit I’ve hesitated to teach the creative process to my students because of my lack of training and experience. I love to sight-read. Put any piece of music in front of me and I welcome the challenge. Yet when prodded to improvise, I feel like... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, July edition

Mon, 2015-07-13 11:41
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, including an essay by Christine Witkowski (Sistema Fellow '10), is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Little Composers of St. Luke's

Mon, 2015-07-13 10:42
I’m uncomfortable with the label “The Creative.” When I hear that word, my brain projects a video in my mind: a brightly lit stage—empty—followed by the smooth voice of an announcer pronouncing “…and now, The Creative behind this innovative and disruptive project, Mr./Ms. So and So” followed by thunderous applause.... Sistema Fellows Program

Atlanta Music Project launches new site

Mon, 2015-07-13 10:16
According to a recent press release, the "Atlanta Music Project and The Kindezi Schools have formed a partnership to launch a flagship site for AMPlify, the choral music program of the Atlanta Music Project (AMP). Classes will begin in the fall of 2015 at The Kindezi School's West Lake campus.... Sistema Fellows Program

Charting a Path to Clarity in Sistema-inspired Work

Fri, 2015-06-19 14:23
One of my education systems professors at the Harvard Graduate School of Education recently shared that “People support most what they help create.” (Cassidy 2015) For Sistema-inspired leaders and especially those who have delved into program design, applying this simple but powerful aphorism can help them chart a compelling vision... Sistema Fellows Program

Music and Language, Music and Nature

Mon, 2015-06-15 21:26
This spring, through the generosity of NEC and the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center, I was able to attend Victor Wooten's Music and Nature Camp outside of Nashville, Tennessee. For those of you not familiar, Wooten is the bass player for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and author of the book... Sistema Fellows Program

American Choral Directors Association conference

Fri, 2015-06-12 15:23
I recently attended the American Choral Directors Association conference, taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah. Last Fall, I successfully crafted a grant to fully fund the airfare, conference fees, hotel and food per diem for three Sister Cities Girlchoir teaching artists. The Resource Center's travel assistance fund provided support... Sistema Fellows Program

Photos of El Sistema at Jordan Hall

Tue, 2015-06-09 14:59
All photos by Andy Hurlbut, featuring Avi Mehta, Sistema Fellow '12, and David France, Sistema Fellow '12. Not pictured: Julie Davis, Sistema Fellow '12, and Graciela Briceno, Sistema Fellow '11. Sistema Fellows Program

Our audience

Tue, 2015-06-09 11:55
When the Sistema Fellows Program provided me with the opportunity to visit Lorrie Heagy’s El Sistema-inspired nucleo four years ago, I knew I would soon return. So much of JAMM's programming resonated with me--the in-school program model in which El Sistema's culture infuses within a public school’s community, the focus... Sistema Fellows Program

Little Composers of St. Luke's

Fri, 2015-06-05 09:33
I recently traveled to New York City to take part in the Little Composers of St. Luke’s project with the generous assistance of the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center. A creative music-making workshop spearheaded by the dynamic Clara Yang (Sistema Fellow ’14), this event brought together students from the Youth Orchestra... Sistema Fellows Program

Local Fellows bring students to Jordan Hall

Wed, 2015-06-03 09:33
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The Ensemble, June edition

Sun, 2015-05-31 10:08
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, including an essay by Aubree Weiley (Sistema Fellow '14), is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

JAMM's new string quartet-in-residence

Sun, 2015-05-31 10:05
"Juneau Alaska Music Matters (founded and directed by Lorrie Heagy, Sistema Fellow '10), the Juneau Symphony, and the University of Alaska Southeast are proud to announce their scholarship recipients who will serve as members of the Juneau String Quartet-in-Residence while pursuing a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching with certification... Sistema Fellows Program

Third Annual El Sistema Showcase

Sun, 2015-05-31 09:58
On May 30, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Conservatory Lab Charter School convened the third annual El Sistema Showcase. The event featured twelve programs from across Massachusetts and one program from Rhode Island. Over the past six years, Sistema Fellows have been closely linked to the development of... Sistema Fellows Program

El Sistema and Social Justice

Sun, 2015-05-31 09:37
"Our programs don’t wait for violence to break out – they seek to avoid it through teaching creative and healthy cooperation and expression. We don’t minimize the pain of the populations reacting with rage, or those whose duty it is to serve those communities – we know each of them... Sistema Fellows Program

Fellows at the League Conference

Sun, 2015-05-31 09:31
Last week in Cleveland, four Sistema Fellows participated in the annual League of American Orchestras national conference. (l-r: Heath Marlow, Jennifer Kessler '12, Liz Schurgin '11, Eric Booth, Annalisa Boerner, Ayriole Frost '14, Eriel Huang '14) Sistema Fellows Program

Allentown Seminario

Tue, 2015-05-26 12:03
The recent seminario hosted by El Sistema Lehigh Valley served approximately 175 kids from Miami Music Project, Kidznotes, OrchKids (which wasn't able to attend in the end because of the unfortunate situation in Baltimore), Play On Philly!, Bravo Waterbury, and even a handful of schools in our immediate region. This... Sistema Fellows Program

The merits of voices

Mon, 2015-05-11 13:57
Jonathan Govias '10, Elaine Chang Sandoval '13, and Eriel Huang '14 recently participated in El Sistema and the Alternatives, a two-day symposium hosted by the London-based ethnomusicologist Geoff Baker. In addition to presenting a paper in London, Jonathan also found it necessary to write a blog post in response to... Sistema Fellows Program

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