MA Cultural Council funding

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2014-12-09 18:04
The Massachusetts Cultural has announced a new statewide iniative to support intensive, ensemble-based music education programs inspired by El Sistema. According to the MCC's website, "SerHacer (To be, To make) is focused on supporting the growing number of intensive, ensemble-based music programs that enable music as a vehicle for youth... Sistema Fellows Program

Profiles in Courage

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2014-12-09 17:50
Stanford Thompson '10 was named one of thirty Professionals of the Year by Musical America, honoring individuals in the performing arts who have “taken a risk, stepped up for the cause, spoken out where others were silent—all to the measurable benefit of their respective organizations and/or the field.” Read the... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, December edition

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2014-12-09 17:22
The December 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

2014 Top 20 Picks

Huffington College - Tue, 2014-12-09 15:20
Each year I survey what I have seen and experienced in the past 12 months and, after much soul searching and difficult internal debate, come up with my top 20 picks. (Plus two alternates!) Here is the list for 2014: Tony Woodcock


Penguin - Tue, 2014-12-09 13:24
by NICK TISHERMAN Third-year BM Oboe The days are growing shorter and the thermostats are plummeting here in the arctic tundra of NEC. “Fall” semester can no longer be described accurately by its name. It feels like Jack Frost has taken us in his ic—alright, no s-s-simile can describe how c-c-c-cold the winter feels already. Inspired […]


Penguin - Tue, 2014-12-09 13:15
by SYD RVINSKY Second-year BM Voice       With winter comes great responsibility. Such responsibility comes in different forms, but always yields the same result: panic. The sight of snow heralds in finals, family, and failure, and none of these can possibly bode well for the bundled up balls of stress we have all become. […]


Penguin - Tue, 2014-12-09 13:12
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone       Unless you’re lucky enough to play an instrument that can be neatly fitted into a small bag (I’m looking at you, flutists and hand cymbal players!), the prospect of simply boarding a plane with your livelihood and constant partner can be a little nerve-wracking. Of course, […]


Penguin - Tue, 2014-12-09 12:54
by DAVID ADEWUMI Third-year BM Trumpet     Oh the nights we spent together, Cappy’s II. Why did you leave me when I needed you most? After two loving years of delicious pizza you ripped the crust right from under my tongue, and took it with you to the great beyond. I will always love you […]


Penguin - Tue, 2014-12-09 12:46
If you are a modern day person, the above scene will no doubt be familiar to you (unless you were too busy looking at your phone to notice)! I, of course, am guilty of doing this myself, and it has been a subject that I have been thinking about a lot lately. It’s staggering how […]

Recent Updates from Sistema Global Research

Exploring El Sistema - Wed, 2014-12-03 17:48
Sistema Global Research is excited to announce that Oxford University Press has given us permission to host the opening pages to the recently published book El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela's Youth by ethnomusicologist Geoffrey Baker. On our recent scholarship page, please also find an author statement to the Sistema Global community.... Sistema Fellows Program

Music in the Advent and Christmas Season

Jose-Luis Estrada - Mon, 2014-12-01 13:56

I am pleased to share two upcoming musical performances: 

The annual Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held on Sunday, December 7th at 4 and 6 p.m.

This service is patterned after a similar one held at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England. Scriptures will be shared by readers of all ages, and those readings will be interspersed with hymns and carols accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Singers and instrumentalists will be led by Dr. Joel Panciera and Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada. The rich acoustics produced by the long shape and marble surfaces of Great Hall create a sound much like that in the great cathedrals of England, where this service began. Those attending should arrive early as the hall fills quickly.

The Nineteenth Annual Natalie O. Warren Presentation of Handel’s Messiah will be held on Sunday, December 21st at 5 p.m.

Boston Avenue Church's Chancel Choir will join forces with members of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra to perform George F. Handel's timeless masterpiece, Messiah. This concert performance of Messiah will include movements from all three parts of the oratorio. Singers and instrumentalists will be led by Dr. Joel Panciera and Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada.

Both services and concert are free and open to the public.
Boston Avenue United Methodist Church
1301 S Boston Ave, Tulsa 74119 

Awaken the Dawn (Broadcast)

Jose-Luis Estrada - Tue, 2014-11-25 14:50

 Awaken the Dawn is the title of my latest piano solo composition. It was dedicated to the congregation of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa. This is the live broadcast that aired November 9th on KTUL-TV Channel 8.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Preparing for Geoff Baker's book

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-11-24 16:16
Jonathan Govias '10 has written a measured response to the recent anxiety in the El Sistema-inspired field caused by the upcoming release of Geoffrey Baker's research into El Sistema in Venezuela. Here is an excerpt: "Humans have a tendency to embrace information that reinforces previously determined viewpoints. This is called... Sistema Fellows Program

Atlanta Music Project annual report

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-11-24 16:02
AMP, founded by Dantes Rameau '10, had 30 students during its first year of programming. In 2014, there are 115 students, including 65 participants in AMPlify (co-founded by Aisha Bowden '12). Click here to read the Atlanta Music Project's 2014 annual report. Sistema Fellows Program


Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-11-24 15:55
Congratulations to Ayriole Frost '14 and Albert Oppenheimer '12 on the successfully launch of Shift:Englewood on Chicago's South Side! Check out Shift:Englewood's new website and Facebook page. Sistema Fellows Program

Thoughts from Scotland

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-11-24 15:37
The following are personal reflections from the recent international conference for teaching artists hosted by Big Noise, an El Sistema-inspired program in Raploch, Scotland. [I'm thinking about] starting community initiatives that involve the families directly, whether that be a Swedish Venstay (friend stay) where they serve cookies and sing and... Sistema Fellows Program

DCYOP update

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-11-24 15:17
An excerpt from the DC Youth Orchestra Program's new monthly newsletter: "Located at Garrison Elementary School, the Children’s Orchestra is an after school string program that aims to enhance DCPS elementary students’ interest in learning, strengthen their connection to school, and improve their academic and social skills. Thanks to the... Sistema Fellows Program

The Power of Music

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-11-24 15:01
The Annenberg Foundation has funded the creation of a publicly available online resource for music educators about El Sistema-inspired programming. The website features video commentary by Sistema Fellows and related colleagues, including Lorrie Heagy '10, Alvaro Rodas '10, Dan Berkowitz '10, Christine Witkowski '10, and Aisha Bowden '12. Sistema Fellows Program

Sistema Fellows in LA

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2014-11-24 14:44
Fellows and friends recently met for dinner in Los Angeles at the National Guild for Community Arts Education annual conference. Photos by Eriel Huang. Sistema Fellows Program

Professional updates 11/2014

Jose-Luis Estrada - Thu, 2014-11-20 15:55

Two exciting professional updates: 

I am delighted to share news of my recent appointment as program director of Sistema Tulsa, a forthcoming El Sistema-inspired program for the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sistema Tulsa is a visionary community-wide project of social change through music. Inspired by the educational philosophies of El Sistema in Venezuela, the program will grow and support children and youth musical ensembles that exemplify and nurture a culture of aspiration. In concert with Tulsa Public Schools and numerous community partners, the project will be hosted and led by the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church

have been accepted into the 2015 cohort of Leading Change in Education Systems, a professional program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The program examines the challenges of leading the development and implementation of effective policy and practice in order to provide quality education.