The Ensemble, January edition

Exploring El Sistema - Wed, 2015-12-30 13:25
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

AMP's 2015 annual report

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-12-29 14:54
It was a big year for the Atlanta Music Project, led by Dantes Rameau (Sistema Fellow '10) and Aisha Bowden (Sistema Fellow '12). Read all about it in their colorful and informative annual report. Sistema Fellows Program

Tools of the Mind

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-12-29 14:42
At the heart of Bridge Boston Charter School’s El Sistema-inspired music program is a commitment to empower young students to become active creators of their own future. Our program’s instructional scope and sequence is supplemented with the socio-emotional Tools of the Mind curriculum, an identified set of problem solving skills... Sistema Fellows Program

For our winter morning.

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For our winter morning.

Bizet: Symphony in C major

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Bizet: Symphony in C major :

Welcome back if you’re back!

Sistema Tulsa First Notes - a memorable milestone!

Jose-Luis Estrada - Wed, 2015-12-23 18:58
Recent article/interview on Sistema Tulsa published on The Word. December 25, 2015.  


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Top 10 of 2015

Huffington College - Fri, 2015-12-18 18:08
For me, this has been an interesting year of travels, adventures in distant lands, and new experiences. Wherever I have gone, though, I've taken the opportunity to explore theatre and musical performances, film, art exhibits, and the most intriguing books. Tony Woodcock

The Ensemble, December edition

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-12-18 13:03
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, including an essay co-authored by Laura Jekel (Sistema Fellow '11) is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

El Sistema Survey course available

Exploring El Sistema - Fri, 2015-12-18 12:29
Based on content developed through NEC’s five-year investment in the Sistema Fellows Program, a new 7-session career development opportunity is available this spring through NEC’s School of Continuing Education… El Sistema Survey (Investigating Music Education for Social Change) Instructor: Heath Marlow, Director, Sistema Fellowship Resource Center What is El Sistema?... Sistema Fellows Program


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For your morning.

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For your morning.

CPP Fellow Interview: Tong Wang

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This year we will feature four outstanding CPP individuals and ensembles, from our fellowship program! We are thrilled to share the reflections and stories of students that are so passionate about their work in the Boston Community. Our first interviewee is Tong Wang, a senior piano performance major, who was an absolute delight to meet and talk with!

How are you involved in CPP?

“I am in the individual fellowship program, and I have been in it for the past three years, since my freshman year… [doing] senior home recital programs.”

What do you like about your fellowship, why have you kept doing it for so many years?
“Its like what everyone says, the best thing is that you get… opportunities to actually perform, which is what we are here to do. In the middle of all this practicing and stress we forget that we actually should go out into the community and share these things as soon as we can! …The way the CPP program is structured… is so supportive, and it’s very open ended. You can explore creative ideas, different genres of music and interact with people. These audiences, you really learn to… grow to love playing for them. It’s about the people, it’s about exploring different parts of yourself, gaining confidence.”

What have you learned from being in the CPP Program?

“Part of my growth as an artist… is the importance of music for any audience. Being an undergrad in a competitive environment you get a lot of hits on your confidence… but then… [through] programs like CPP, you realize it’s not… how big the hall or who is there to say how good you are, it’s good to feel like once in awhile something does connect and you reach out to people… Those moments that you do see people get moved by your music [make me] realize that’s plenty of a reward [for] what we are doing.”

Any last thoughts or reflections?

“I really wish people would take initiative because it’s really important, every small thing adds up. You start by just going out and grabbing everything you can. It might seem, tedious, or hard work, or not as rewarding as a Carnegie Hall performance but really grabbing the treasures of every small instance [is] a great part of doing these community performances.”

Do you have any fun facts about you?

“… Besides music I was really into sports… competitive Volleyball! Now, on top of my music, I’ve been really bringing back my passion for drawing, so I’ve been working on a webcomic. I love anime, graphic novels. It’s a little nerdy thing about me!”

Thank you so much Tong–check back in to see who will be featured next!

Sistema Tulsa Plays their "First Notes"

Jose-Luis Estrada - Tue, 2015-12-15 00:17
It is inspiring to witness the beginning of young musicians’ journeys. You see them shining and feeling proud about themselves and their work. All of a sudden music means something special for them and for the community that supports them. Someone wrote to me the day after the December 11th Sistema Tulsa concert and said that we had experienced an honest-to-goodness Christmas miracle. I am proud of the work we are doing in Tulsa.  

Es muy inspirador ver el principio de la trayectoria futura de jóvenes músicos. Los ves brillar y sentirse seguros de sí mismos y de su trabajo. De pronto la música significa todo para ellos y para la comunidad que los apoya. Alguien recientemente me escribió para decirme que el concierto del once de Diciembre había sido un milagro. Estoy muy contento por el trabajo que estamos realizando en Tulsa.

Friday Friday Friday.

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Friday Friday Friday.

Morning soundtrack in blissful preparation for tonight’s concert...

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Morning soundtrack in blissful preparation for tonight’s concert celebrating Billy’s centennial.