Side-by-Side concert report

Exploring El Sistema - Wed, 2015-04-01 22:58
On Friday, March 20, I traveled to Boston to observe the Longy Sistema Side-by-Side concert and to speak with teachers and program directors who were involved in the collaboration. My biggest takeaway was how great the orchestra sounded. Comprised of students from several Sistema-inspired programs in the Boston area, the... Sistema Fellows Program

Andrea Landin podcast

Exploring El Sistema - Wed, 2015-04-01 22:49
Elaine Sandoval, Sistema Fellow '13, has helped to launch Sistema Global Research, including a series of interviews with El Sistema-inspired practitioners. The third podcast in this series, featuring Elaine's interview of Andrea Landin, Sistema Fellow '13, is now live on the Sistema Global website. Here is an excerpt from the... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, April edition

Exploring El Sistema - Wed, 2015-04-01 22:36
The April 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

Entrance Closure, Parking, Summer Work

NEC Construction News - Wed, 2015-04-01 14:51

Dear NEC Family,

As we move closer to the May start date for construction of the Student Life and Performance Center, you may want to attend the April 9 Open Forum session at 2:30 PM in the St. Botolph Conference Room.  Ed lesser, Mike Ryan, and a representative from Tishman Construction will be on hand to answer your questions.

REMINDER: the main entrance to the St. Botolph Building will be closing April 17 (or possibly a few days before that) in order to construct a handicapped-accessible entry way.
•    During construction, you can access the building from the ground level doorway in the parking lot.
•    PREP students and their families will need to use this parking lot entrance beginning Saturday, April 18.

NEW DATE FOR PARKING LOT CLOSURE: the St. Botolph parking lot, previously scheduled to close on May 1, will now be open until Monday, May 4. This means that College and Prep faculty may use the lot on May 1 and 2.

SUMMER WORK:  Construction crews will complete accessibility upgrades in the St. Botolph Building. These include one handicapped-accessible restroom on each floor. The work will not be as disruptive as last year’s sprinkler project.

LONG RANGE CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE: Here is the big picture for the building project timetable.

May 4, 2015: Construction Start Date
May 2015—June 2015: Demolition & Site Prep
June 2015—January 2016: Foundations
January 2016—June 2016: Decks
May 2016—August 2016: Structure Steel & Concrete Exterior Façade
May 2016—September 2016: Interior Rough
September 2016—January 2017: Interior Finishes
August 2016—December 2016: Site Improvements
January 2017—March 2017: Start‐Up & Commissioning
Spring 2017: Construction Substantial Completion
Spring/Summer 2017: Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Installation by NEC
Summer 2017: Ready for Occupancy

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan (617-585-1187), Karen Kidd
(617-585-1181) or Ellen Pfeifer ( 617-585-1143).

Benjamin Franklin and the Reflective Conservatoire

Huffington College - Wed, 2015-03-25 08:27
I recently heard a mordantly humorous new take on Benjamin Franklin's most famous quote: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and the immutability of conservatoires." Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

"Hot topics" with Eric Booth

Exploring El Sistema - Thu, 2015-03-19 16:10
In mid-February, Sistema Fellows Program faculty member Eric Booth hosted a conversation on Google Hangouts, joined by Eriel Huang '14, Tatjana Merzyn '14, Megan Moran '14, Liz Schurgin '11, and Xochitl Tafoya '13. The wide-ranging conversation began with Eric describing his recent experiences visiting El Sistema-inspired programming in twenty-five countries... Sistema Fellows Program

Construction Starting Soon–What You Need to Know

NEC Construction News - Tue, 2015-03-17 16:12

As recently announced, NEC will soon begin the construction of our new Student Life and Performance Center! With this note, we are launching a steady stream of internal communications designed to keep you well informed regarding the project. We recognize that aspects of this exciting new campus development will be disruptive; the NEC communications team will do its utmost to deliver timely updates to you across multiple communications channels. Here’s the first round of changes that will affect your on-campus experience:

  • First, the smaller parking lot behind the Jordan Hall building will close April 1, in order to accommodate the removal of the dumpster and other equipment from the St. Botolph parking lot.
  • As you may know, the current handicap-accessible entrance for the St. Botolph building is the parking lot entrance. However, since this entrance will soon close, we are required to build another. Consequently, the main entrance to 241 St. Botolph will be closing April 17 for approximately two-three weeks, in order to build that handicapped access ramp.
  • During these weeks, access to the St. Botolph building will only be through the side parking lot entrance, closest to Rooms G13 and G14.
  • Once the ramp is fully installed, the main entrance will reopen, and the parking lot entrance will close permanently. This is expected to happen in early May.
  • The Botolph parking lot will close permanently on May 1 in order to accommodate the removal of the Annex building.
  • At the same time, the Botolph Street sidewalk, and part of the traffic lane closest to our building will close for the duration of construction, beginning May 1. St. Botolph will continue to be a two way street. Street signage will help direct that pedestrian traffic.
  • Foot traffic will be rerouted to the Matthews Arena side of St. Botolph for the duration of the project.
  • The classrooms 313, 314 and 315; the Opera rooms G13 and G14; the Jazz and CI office; the Health Center; Student Services and the EM offices will be temporarily relocated the first half of May for the duration of the summer. These new locations will be announced in a subsequent e mail.

Here’s how we plan to keep you informed:

  • Open Forum Discussion Sessions will be held March 23rd, 10 – 11:30 am in the St. Botolph conference room, and April 9th, 2-3:30 pm in the St. Botolph conference room. These will be opportunities to bring all your questions to Ed Lesser, Mike Ryan and the Tishman construction team.
  • Effective April 1, our construction blog will appear on the NEC website and will be regularly updated. This will be your information hub for all relevant information; we encourage you to use this as the source of updates. The blog, too, will be a place to register any concerns or questions you may have.
  • This e-mail is the first of a series that will be generated by the communications team, outlining the key events/needs-to-know between now and June 1. Subsequent e-mails will be much shorter! Throughout this period, you can expect to see early warning and/or reminders a week prior so there are minimal surprises.
  • Electronic Signage just to the right of the Jordan Hall main entrance will also keep you updated. Screens will also be installed in the St. Botolph and Residence Hall lobbies over the summer.
  • Our NEC Facebook , @necmusic and @necmusic_today Twitter channels will have all of the latest updates.
  • Articles will appear in the Penguin on a regular basis, and we will partner with Student Services to ensure you are informed and stay safe.
  • For our PREP parents and SCE students, updates will be included in their weekly e-newsletter and other outbound communications.
  • Through all relevant website listings, we will continue to inform concert attenders how this will impact their access to Jordan and Pierce Hall programming.

We’re committed to making this transition as comfortable as possible for all of us, and the disruption as minimal as possible. We’re keenly aware of the big changes ahead, and are very grateful for your patience as we embark on this exciting campus evolution! If you have questions or concerns, contact us at constructionnews@necmusic.edu .

Warm regards,
NEC Marketing and Communications Team

New Boston

Penguin - Sat, 2015-03-14 00:23
by NATALIE ALPER-LEROUX Third-year BM Viola     Chapter 1: Forest Hills             “Got everything?” Caela turned back to scour the empty living room for any straggling possessions. She nodded. “Yep, I’m good.” Her older sister Shannon smiled gently back at her. “Then we’re off…” As they crossed the threshold of […]

Spring Clean Your Body

Penguin - Sat, 2015-03-14 00:14
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone     If you’re anything like me, your diet the last few months – influenced by the frantic nature of school coupled with the stultifying cold – has been increasingly filled with lucious carbs, voluptuous fats, and temptingly salty and sweet things. With that in mind, the onset of […]

Ignite!

Penguin - Sat, 2015-03-14 00:10
by SARAH ATWOOD First-year MM Violin     Phoenix is a brand new ensemble founded by, and made up of, current and past NEC students. Matt, the director, gave us some time to answer a few questions before their March 24 launch event. What is Phoenix Orchestra, and what do they do? Phoenix is a new orchestra […]

Deepti Navaratna

Penguin - Fri, 2015-03-13 23:57
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone     NEC presents to us people with such monumental and diverse talents every single day, that it can be a bit mind-numbing when we take a step back and contemplate the impact we can make beyond its hallowed halls. When we do, however, it’s a rewarding insight into […]

Spending Spring Break In The Bean

Penguin - Fri, 2015-03-13 23:44
by ELIZABETH WENDT Third-year BM Voice     It seems that spring may finally be upon us. Maybe. Probably not, but I’m hopeful! The sun has been out these past few days which has led to warmer weather (30° is seriously starting to feel like flip-flops and shorts weather) and fewer layers, and the mountainous snow […]

Junior/Senior MYWE Concert Interview with Diego Bacigalupe!

Preparatory School - Fri, 2015-03-13 16:35

Today we had the chance to talk with one of Senior MYWE’s musicians, Diego Bacigalupe! He gave us some insight on some of the pieces that will be played as well as some of the difficulties that came in preparation of the Junior and Senior MYWE combined concert.

What have been the challenges of this program and how have you grown as a musician from these challenges?

The most challenging part of preparing Sunday’s program is mastering the music with the limited rehearsal time. We only meet as a group once a week, making it difficult for us to learn a lot of music. This has forced us to prepare diligently for rehearsals, focus during rehearsal, listen and adjust to each others playing. Even with limited and scattered rehearsal time, we can efficiently learn music to perform.

What are you most looking forward to about this performance?

I’m most looking forward to hearing Jr. MYWE play their music and play with us. Live wind ensemble performances don’t happen often so hearing another group play similar music is a rewarding experience. I also can’t wait to perform with Jr. MYWE because the combined group will sound amazing. When I was in Jr. MYWE, I would have loved the opportunity to play with Sr. MYWE.

Pick your favorite piece on the program. What does that piece mean to you?

My favorite piece on the program is Eric Whitacre’s October; I love the colors he evokes. This piece is special to me and many others in Sr. MYWE because we played it back when we were in Jr. MYWE. Playing it again after we’ve developed into more mature musicians is an amazing experience.  The fact that we’re playing this piece in a combined Jr./Sr. MYWE concert brings it full circle.

Is there an experience with music that inspired you to be a musician?

When I was 7 years old, I remember visiting my grandfather while my family was in Spain. He played jazz cornet with his friends in a band and I remember watching him perform for people on the street as a hobby. I thought it was so cool that he could do this for fun with his friends and entertain strangers on the street so from then on, I always wanted to be a musician.

What is your favorite piece of music?

I don’t have an all-time favorite piece because I love so much music, but right now my favorite pieces are Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and Chabrier’s España.


A new definition for El Sistema in Venezuela

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-03-02 13:45
Today I débuted a new definition of Sistema. I’m sure it angered some of those in attendance by excluding many of the emotionally-laden trappings, if not misconceptions, about the program in Venezuela, but it shouldn’t have, really. Once you look at El Sistema for what it is – what its... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, March edition

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-03-02 13:28
The March 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

YAMA turns two

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-03-02 13:24
As our beloved Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA) turned two in the last month, I found that trying to understand YAMA as a two-year-old child has actually been quite illuminating and helpful, as we at YAMA continue to celebrate our successes, asses who we are becoming, and strive to continue... Sistema Fellows Program

Andrea Profili at MYCincinnati

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-03-02 13:13
For one week in February we had a guest teaching artist at MYCincinnati. Andrea Profili is a Sistema Fellows Program alumna and currently works, teaches, and trains teaching artists at El Sistema-inspired programs in the New York City area, including WHIN Music Project. Andrea worked with our students and teachers... Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Global Research: Geoff Baker interview

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-03-02 13:00
"As far as I’m concerned, if you believe in social justice, then you believe in gender equality. If you believe in gender equality, then you have to put up your hand and say, El Sistema is a patriarchy, and you get more social action for your music if you’re male."... Sistema Fellows Program

Master of Arts in Teaching to be offered in Juneau

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-02-20 23:56
In partnership with Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) and the Juneau Symphony (JS), the University of Alaska Southeast proudly announces its one-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Music K-12 certification program to reflect the changing role of today’s music teacher. As part of the course requirements, MAT students will... Sistema Fellows Program

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