Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 14:29
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone     I first encountered Rob Dehlinger on Twitter in August of 2014, when he tweeted at The Penguin’s account about the long lost, but not forgotten hockey games between Juilliard and NEC in the late 80s (incidentally where the nickname Penguins comes from!). An NEC alumnus, Rob seems […]


Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 14:26
I can never find a room to practice in. Where can I practice? Dear Practice Orphan, You have several options: have Special Elvis take a break, and you can serenade Huntington Ave with your trombone, piccolo, or sultry voice. Elvis might even lend you his karaoke microphone! Or, consider a broom closet. Seriously, the one […]


Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 14:23
by TAYLOR BLANTON Third-year BM Trombone     Although I practice consistently, I hardly consider myself a yogi. I see so many beautiful people who are more flexible, strong, passionate, and driven than I am both mentally and physically. But when I was asked to write an article about my yoga journey I began to […]


Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 14:16
by SARAH ATWOOD First-year MM Violin     Everyone can feel it, everyone yearns for it, and everyone expresses it in different ways. Love can be beautiful, funny, cheesy, serious, sad, and painful (sometimes all at once!). Love, and being in love are separate things; semantics aside, the love you feel for your dog versus your partner […]


Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 14:12
by SOPHIA ADICKES Third-year UD Voice     We all spend hours with our instruments daily, but how do you know when things have just gone too far? Here are some indications that your relationship with your instrument has become more than a strictly professional one. 1. It’s the first and last thing you think […]

The Ensemble, February edition

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:52
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 is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

DC Youth Orchestra Promo Video

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:39
The Executive Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program is Liz Schurgin, Sistema Fellow '11. Sistema Fellows Program


Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:34
Shift:Englewood students discussed what they liked (plus) and what they would change (delta) after their field trip to Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP) concert, featuring ChiMOP students and Civic Orchestra of Chicago fellows. Ayriole Frost, Sistema Fellow '14 Sistema Fellows Program

Music Among Friends / January 25

Jose-Luis Estrada - Fri, 2015-01-23 17:39

I am pleased to share an upcoming musical performance in Tulsa, OK. 

Next Sunday, January 25, some of Tulsa’a most gifted instrumentalists will join members of Boston Avenue’s music program to perform a beautiful concert of chamber music at 5:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.“This concert will feature  pieces that are quite intimate and expressive,” says Joel Panciera. In addition to two new vocal works by American composers, the concert will include solo concertos by J. S. Bach and Wolfgang Mozart. Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada will be a featured soloist on the Mozart piano concerto.  The chamber group will also perform movements of Handel’s famous Water Music.  

The concert is free and open to the public.
Boston Avenue United Methodist Church
1301 S Boston Ave, Tulsa 74119 


Looking forward this Sunday’s Youth Symphony concert with Edward Yeo

Preparatory School - Thu, 2015-01-22 09:40

Edward Yeo shares his excitement and enthusiasm about the upcoming YS performance on January 25th!

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

YS has helped me by being able to play as principal, giving me solos to help
me get used to be playing alone to the public. It has also helped me by getting to know more standard repertoire and pushing my technical and musical boundaries like Firebird.

What are you most looking forward to about this performance?

I’m looking forward to playing the Rhapsody in Blue and Nabucco, because I love jazz and opera!

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

My favorite piece has to be Nabucco because of the chorus part. Nothing sounds better than an orchestra and choir singing together, because it adds a depth of color and meaning to the music.

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

There are many things and people that have inspired me to be a musician and to stick with it, there is no one experience or person. Those who inspired me are Kinhaven, Stokes Forest Music Camp, Martin Fröst, Herbert von Karajan, Charles Yassky, David Herndon, Dave Sapadin and Richard Shaughnessy.

What is your favorite piece of music?

My absolute favorite piece without a doubt is Death and Transfiguration by Strauss. I played principal for that piece and said, “I could play this piece for 10 lifetimes and still not get sick of it.” I do want to try bass clarinet on that piece also.

New England Conservatory "Innovation Grant"

Jose-Luis Estrada - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:18
I am happy to share that I am the recipient of the New England Conservatory's Sistema Fellows Resource Center Innovation Grant. This grant will allow me to pursue advance studies through the Harvard Graduate School of Education professional program "Leading Change in Education Systems." The committee stated their support in helping me "pursue learning of personal interest that will also contribute to the growth and thinking of the rest of the field." 

Bitcoin and Proust or "À la recherche de l'argent perdu."

Huffington College - Wed, 2015-01-21 11:26
Nevertheless, the BITCOIN idea is sheer Proustian in its alternative logic and shares the main features of Harai's description "humans are different because they inhabit an imagined world." Tony Woodcock

Construction Update

NEC Construction News - Fri, 2015-01-16 14:39



Fellows in Philadelphia

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-01-13 21:16
Eleven Fellows, representing all five classes, participated in the El Sistema Symposium last weekend at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Sistema Fellows Program

Take A Stand's new national initiative

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-01-12 15:31
The National Take a Stand Festival is a three-year project that will begin in 2015 with a teacher training and pilot program, followed by the formation of regional youth orchestra camps in 2016, culminating in a 7-day national youth orchestra camp in 2017, featuring a final performance led by LA... Sistema Fellows Program

Manhattan Medicis

Huffington College - Wed, 2015-01-07 22:55
This is how she sees the gallery's mission: It's all about taking away the fear and unapproachability of art and artists. Tony Woodcock

Marianne Diaz on Communities in Crisis

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-01-05 11:26
"I'm not the expert on people's lives. I might be an expert at listening and I might be an expert at inviting, but I don't know anyone's life..." So begins a compelling presentation by therapist Marianne Diaz at Take A Stand, a national convening of the El Sistema-inspired field, in... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, January edition

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-01-05 11:16
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

The Messiah at Boston Avenue

Jose-Luis Estrada - Mon, 2014-12-22 17:28
I recently had the opportunity to conduct in a performance of Handel's masterpiece "Messiah" during the Advent Season at the Boston Avenue Church in Tulsa. It was a concert full of joy, warmth, and beauty. And a wonderful testament to the idea that music can bring people together and make communities stronger. I am grateful to music director Dr. Joel Panciera, Susan Panciera (organist), the Chancel Choir, and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra musicians for all of their support and generosity of spirit. 

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! 

Anusha Manglik’s perspective on Senior MYWE

Preparatory School - Wed, 2014-12-17 09:47

Last week NEC Prep spoke with Anusha Manglik, who gave us some of her thoughts on the upcoming Senior MYWE concert (last Sunday).

What are you most looking forward to about this performance?

I’ve been looking forward to this performance for a long time; the only bad thing about performing is the month’s break after. Your average person doesn’t understand ensemble music that well, the bigger part of the population. They think it’s just scratches on a page with the conductor just waving his arms around trying to put together this motley array of people moving their fingers and tapping their toes. But this performance, I think, is going to show people that there’s more to that in music. It may be only a wind ensemble concert for someone’s kids or someone’s friends when those people walk in, but when they walk out, they’ll feel completely different. They’ll be amazed by what a decent-sized ensemble of high school kids did in just a few months. I know this because that’s how I felt, the first time I came out of a MYWE rehearsal. I want to share that love of music, and the excitement of playing in what I think is the most beautiful hall to exist, with the crowd.

What have been the challenges of the program in rehearsal?

After being in MYWE for a few rehearsals and haphazardly trying to read the celebration on the page in front of me, I realized I had to practice my music with a metronome. My first thought was, a metronome? Do I even own one of those? I ended up practicing my music for longer and longer times, and sometimes playing with recordings, sometimes just hearing it out myself. I’ve seen more sixteenth notes in a row that I’ve seen in my life in MYWE, sextuplets, quarter notes tied to triplets tied to eighth notes. I had to work on focusing on blending myself with everyone else, and as a trombone player, that’s a little hard because there are so few of us compared to upper woodwinds and trumpets. I go into rehearsals feeling energetic and come out feeling exhausted, in a good way.

How have you grown as a musician from these challenges?

To play in MYWE, you really have to be cognizant of the small things that bring the music from average to above. That’s what makes us special. You can’t miss a marcato, a ritardando, or the smallest of dynamic changes, because even if you’re playing whole notes the entire time, you count. From rehearsal, I learned what to open your ears meant; it’s one of those things you only know how to do when it happens. I remember my first day in Jr. MYWE; I was in eighth grade, and was so excited, but when everyone started playing, I realized that I had to practice. I did not like practicing. After the first few minutes, I could barely hear myself: it was then I decided I needed change. The first day of Sr. MYWE was a lot different. When you play with such an ensemble, you realize that there’s more to music than just playing it. Now I can feel it, I can see it.

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

Honestly, I love all our pieces, but there was one at the beginning that stuck out to me, for some reason. It may be the least rhythmically technical piece we’re playing, but October is my favorite. There’s a certain beauty that comes from higher-level musicians playing a simpler piece. Everyone in our ensemble understands how the piece moves, and if I look around while we’re playing it, I can see everyone in sort of a trance, all swaying together a little. It’s playing these perfectly harmonized put-together chords that send shivers down my spine every time. What that means to me is not something I can put in words, it’s a feeling, almost like you’re full when you listen to it. You’re full, but you want it again, and again, and again. It relaxes every single muscle in your body, almost like you’re floating. October is the one piece that I enjoy every single note, measure, and phrase of, and it’s nothing but love.