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

Aubree's residency in Peru

Exploring El Sistema - Thu, 2015-02-19 21:00
I was recently awarded an Innovation Grant from the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center to observe and document the programs of Arpegio Perú through a three-week residency. Tatjana Merzyn, Sistema Fellow ’14, is the Director of Programs at Arpegio and leads an impressive Sistema-inspired music education initiative serving over 400 Peruvian... Sistema Fellows Program

PD workshop series underway

Exploring El Sistema - Thu, 2015-02-19 17:00
On Wednesday afternoon, nine Fellows spent an hour on a conference call with Sistema Fellows Program faculty member Greg Kandel. Two Fellows presented real life strategy challenges for Greg's feedback, and received additional suggestions from their colleagues on the call. This activity is part of a series of professional development... Sistema Fellows Program

Why Does London Need a New Concert Hall?

Huffington College - Wed, 2015-02-18 17:33
The press and media are all over this one and obviously excited at the prospect of luring back Rattle to his homeland. They also argue for something that London really needs. And this feeding frenzy, I fear, could obscure some rational and strategic thinking that needs to be put in place before anyone signs up for a project. Tony Woodcock

Sistema Global Research's first podcast

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-02-16 21:34
Elaine Sandoval, Sistema Fellow '13, has helped to launch Sistema Global Research, including a series of podcasts in response to Geoff Baker's recent book criticizing El Sistema in Venezuela. The first podcast, featuring Elaine's interview of Emily Kubitskey, a YOLA wind ensemble director, is now live on the Sistema Global... Sistema Fellows Program

In Progress: WHIN Music Community School

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-02-16 17:15
In progress: a music-centered El Sistema-inspired elementary school in Northern Manhattan. Ever since he visited the Conservatory Lab Charter School during his year at NEC, David Gracia (Sistema Fellow '11) has been inspired by the vision of a school with music at its core. That vision may come to life... Sistema Fellows Program

Social Enterprise

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-02-16 17:05
When I first heard about the Social Enterprise Conference at the Harvard Business School, I was first curious to know the social enterprise sector, and, to be quite honest, to get a bit educated on what exactly this Social Enterprise thing is about. I wanted to see where my work... Sistema Fellows Program

Harmony Project Phoenix

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-02-13 10:40
Congratulations to Diogo Pereira, Sistema Fellow '13, founding program director of a new venture in Arizona: Harmony Project Phoenix. According to its new website, "Harmony Project is a research-based multi-year mentoring program for low-income youth that uses music as a means of positive development and social inclusion. Tanner Community Development... Sistema Fellows Program

El Sistema 40

Jose-Luis Estrada - Thu, 2015-02-12 21:35

Por su  transcendencia social y educativa, El Sistema es uno de los más importantes proyectos culturales de nuestros tiempos. En su 40 aniversario, me uno a la celebración de sus logros e ideales sublimados por el trabajo constante y paciente de su fundador José Antonio Abreu. Me siento muy orgulloso de poder ser parte de ese gran sueño de proyección hacia el futuro. ¡Felicidades! 

Because of its social and educational significance, El Sistema is one of the most important cultural projects of our time. On its 40th anniversary, I join the celebration of its achievements and ideals guided by the constant and patient work of its founder José Antonio Abreu. I feel very proud to be part of this great dream of growing better futures. Congratulations!

Victoria Hain and YPO’s February 19th Concert

Preparatory School - Thu, 2015-02-12 17:21

We had a chance to speak with Victoria Hain, percussionist for YPO.  Be sure to check out YPO on February 19th in Jordan Hall! Here’s what she had to say:

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

I think a unique challenge I’ve had to face as a percussionist is playing a range of dynamics on an instrument like crash cymbals. Soft crashes are always a struggle as a result of the weight and size of the crash cymbals.

What are you most looking forward to about this performance?

I am most looking forward to the Sibelius Violin Concerto because, out of the parts I have this cycle, I play the most in the Sibelius.

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

My favorite piece is John Harbison’s Remembering Gatsby. It is a different kind of music than our orchestra nominally plays which is exciting. It reminds me of the 1920s and the music from Toy Story, making the listening experience almost nostalgic.

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

When I was in fourth grade the high school band toured all the elementary schools and showed off all the instruments in an attempt get younger kids interested in music lessons. I was fascinated by the kid who was playing drum set and I really wanted to become a rock n’ roll drummer. Ironically enough, throughout my 9 years as a percussionist I’ve studied almost exclusively classical, seldom touching the drum set.

What is your favorite piece of music?

My favorite piece of music is Hoagy Carmichael’s Heart and Soul because pretty much everyone knows how to play it, so it’s always fun to goof around on various instruments and make music with friends.

St. Valentine and the Meaning of Life

Huffington College - Thu, 2015-02-12 14:02
The King was unhappy. Although he knew that he possessed all that a man could possibly wish for, including 70 concubines whose names he could never remember, and had more gold in his treasury than was thought possible, still he was unhappy. Tony Woodcock

Brains and Bottoms

Huffington College - Fri, 2015-02-06 13:49
Paris has a new, state-of-the-art concert hall, something the French have been waiting for since they dispatched Louis XVI in 1793, thus making possible government- funded arts venues for the people. Tony Woodcock

the door opens

Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 16:00
by NATALIE ALPER-LEROUX Third-year BM Viola     hallway, whitewashed clean; lightbulbs flicker, hang from wires, buzz like softest bees walking heavy, dry ashy steps in chalky dust past framed blank portraits paint peels off doorposts slivers of brown cut my eyes; every door is locked my skin bleeds out red my clothes bleed out blue, […]


Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:56
by ELIZABETH WENDT Third-year BM Voice     I know for a fact that when I say the beginning, middle, and end of a second semester at NEC is always crazy busy, I’m not just speaking for myself! I can honestly say that when I have days of back to back classes paired with early morning […]


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Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:33
by NICK TISHERMAN Third-year BM Oboe     At 8:15 on January 18th, 2015, an orchestra of eager students and studs from the freelance scene was growing increasingly impatient as they sat in their seats awaiting the downbeat from conductor James Blachly, whose back was turned to an audience mostly comprised of twenty-somethings stuffed on a […]


Penguin - Sun, 2015-02-01 15:29
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 15:26
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 15:23
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 […]