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This blog tracks the journey of the current class of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory TypePad
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Thu, 2014-02-06 14:58
Social change through music is a lifestyle that requires total devotion. Some circles call El Sistema a religion, and I can cosign approvingly with that notion. Had it been approached as simply a side project to fill up time between gigs, it would not be what it is today. Despite... Sistema Fellows Program

Tamanaco Hotel portrait

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:45
The fifth class of Sistema Fellows, on their way to meet with Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu (December 2013). Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, February edition

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:43
The February edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond, including short contributions by three current Sistema Fellows, is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

Choirs in Barquisimeto

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:38
We met up with the teachers that we had observed in the nucleos at the conservatory during the mornings, where they were more than willing to chat about their experience in El Sistema and answer my long list of questions. Aubree and I caught up with Manual, Jorge, Gustavo and... Sistema Fellows Program

New West Symphony Harmony Project

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:27
It would be false to say that every week was revelatory, that kids always left class with a smile. I think that each student and teacher was tried at more than one point during the semester, and probably asked themselves why they play or teach music. It is because of... Sistema Fellows Program

Forbes 30 Under 30

Sun, 2014-01-12 23:25
Dan Berkowitz, Sistema Fellow '10, was recently announced as a member of the 2014 Forbes "30 under 30" list, recognizing those who are making a difference in their fields, while still in their twenties. Dan was recognized for his exceptional work in the field of education. Congratulations Dan! Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, January edition

Sun, 2014-01-12 23:17
The January 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

From the field: Beyond the Music (documentary)

Sun, 2014-01-12 23:12
Every day phenomenal work is being done throughout the world by thousands of children in El Sistema-inspired music programs. Soundscapes in Newport News, Virginia is one of these programs in the business of building transformational life skills in at-risk youth. At Soundscapes, I am the Program Manager and a Teaching... Sistema Fellows Program

Special Education in Merida

Mon, 2014-01-06 11:53
[Excerpted and translated by Google from Tatjana's native German; please excuse incorrect grammar.] How many of us have in our daily life contact with people with disabilities? Whow among us have played music together? How often do we only feel pity, and how often respect and recognition? In addition, does... Sistema Fellows Program


Mon, 2014-01-06 10:56
Our first visit was to the Coro Guaritos; we saw how conducting small children when directing the choir is important as it teaches them how to interpret gestures from a young age. Also the director and her two teaching assistants made sure that the focus of the children was on... Sistema Fellows Program

Virtuous cycle

Mon, 2014-01-06 10:47
The spirit with which the musicians teach is partially the reason that many children in El Sistema are intrinsically driven rather than extrinsically driven in music. Since their teachers are motivated less by recognition and more by an impetus to share, the children are also motivated less by the accolades... Sistema Fellows Program

Santa Rosa

Mon, 2013-12-16 10:27
We were already sold on this nucleo when we heard the poetic story of how the courtyard in this village fills with musicians every afternoon practicing in the shade. It’s a beautiful and serene place next to a large Catholic church. The nucleo is two years old and serves 900... Sistema Fellows Program

Hiking in the Andes

Mon, 2013-12-16 10:22
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Tocar y Luchar

Thu, 2013-12-12 10:59
[Translated by Google from Tatjana's native German; please excuse incorrect grammar.] It is indeed overwhelming what Maestro José Antonio Abreu has built up here! He has an unshakable faith in the abilities and strengths of people and you get the impression that he has those transferred to all its employees,... Sistema Fellows Program

Orquesta de Cuerdas, Mérida

Thu, 2013-12-12 10:14
Performing Piazzolla's Muerte del Angel on November 30. Sistema Fellows Program

Letter to a friend

Thu, 2013-12-12 10:08
Hola from Caracas! We are nearing the end of our time here in Venezuela and I am certain each of us will bring back memories that speak of the unique and powerful experiences we have had in the past month. For me, seeing El Sistema at the source has been... Sistema Fellows Program

La gente venezolana

Sat, 2013-12-07 12:03
Aubree, a fellow Fellow of this year’s class, hypothesized back in September that Venezuelans held a special “generosity” that characterized their success with El Sistema. Aubree could not have been more correct. What I have experienced over the last three weeks, what has enchanted me most about my experience here... Sistema Fellows Program

Atlanta Music Project co-founder honored

Wed, 2013-12-04 12:12
Atlanta Music Project co-founder and executive director, Dantes Rameau (Sistema Fellow '10), was recently named to Ebony Magazine’s 2013 Power 100, a list of the year’s most influential African-Amercians. Joining prestigious names on the list such as President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, chef Marcus Samuelsson and actress Kerry Washington, Dantes... Sistema Fellows Program

Early Christmas dinner in Caracas

Wed, 2013-12-04 12:01
Sistema Fellows with Maria Guinand, Friends Committee member Dani Bedoni, and the Cuarteto Yaracuy. The festive evening was hosted by Friends Committee member Morella de Grossmann. Sistema Fellows Program

A knack for teaching

Tue, 2013-12-03 21:59
I was teaching a bubbly little girl named Carla, who was keen to polish a piece for a performance at the Santa Cruz núcleo. We sat outside under the brick-brown awning of the building due to lack of space inside, which in Venezuela never deters enthusiastic teachers and children from... Sistema Fellows Program