The Land of the Brave

Huffington College - Tue, 2016-05-03 11:33
With all the talk swirling around about immigration, building walls and expelling millions of people from the US, I thought I should tell my story about becoming an American citizen. It's a story of romance, passion, and great expectation and how this all crashed upon the rocks of government bureaucracy only to succeed wonderfully in the end as a manifestation of what makes the country great. Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

The Land of the Brave

Huffington College - Tue, 2016-05-03 08:20
Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/tony-woodcock

The Land of the Brave

Huffington College - Tue, 2016-05-03 08:20
With all the talk swirling around about immigration, building walls and expelling millions of people from the US, I thought I should tell my story about becoming an American citizen. It's a story of romance, passion, and great expectation and how this all crashed upon the rocks of government bureaucracy only to succeed wonderfully in the end as a manifestation of what makes the country great. Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/tony-woodcock

Incorporating the Orff Approach?

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2016-05-02 14:15
Last summer I participated at the International Orff Course “The Singing Garden” in Pilsen, Czech Republic with the generous support of the Sistema Fellowship Resource Center. Why Orff? At the Take a Stand conference in Los Angeles in 2014, I was very impressed by the performance of Youth Orchestra of... Sistema Fellows Program

Oh, hello Monday

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Oh, hello Monday

Review: At 20, In Mo Yang Makes His New York Recital Debut

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Review: At 20, In Mo Yang Makes His New York Recital Debut:

Bravo to In Mo Yang, student of Miriam Fried, on his NY debut!
The New York Times writes “Mr. Yang brought improvisatory freedom to these bursts of virtuosic passage work, while maintaining cool assurance. The rich sound he drew from his violin had lovely bloom during sustained passages and lean, silvery colorings during fleet ones.”

In Mo was the winner of the 2014 Concert Artist Guild Competition, and this concert was part of that prize.

Friday arrives.

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Friday arrives.

Members of the NEC Philharmonia backstage at Symphony Hall...

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Members of the NEC Philharmonia backstage at Symphony Hall before their season ending performance. All photos: Andrew Hurlbut for NEC

Boston GuitarFest Past, Present and Future

NEC @ Huff Post - Wed, 2016-04-27 12:54
New England Conservatory http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/new-england-conservatory

Boston GuitarFest Past, Present and Future

NEC @ Huff Post - Wed, 2016-04-27 12:54
New England Conservatory http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/new-england-conservatory-

Re-visiting this as we close out another amazing orchestral...

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Re-visiting this as we close out another amazing orchestral season tonight!

Reflection on Reframing El Sistema

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2016-04-26 16:32
The recent Reframing El Sistema conference in Baltimore featured a rich program of both scholars and practitioners discussing the potential directions in which El Sistema-inspired work is or might be heading. As someone who has been actively involved in a variety of El Sistema convenings over the past several years... Sistema Fellows Program

Boston GuitarFest Past, Present and Future

NEC @ Huff Post - Tue, 2016-04-26 14:41
Boston GuitarFest Past, Present and Future By Eliot Fisk I founded Boston GuitarFest in 2006 at the New... New England Conservatory http://www.huffingtonpost.com/new-england-conservatory-/

Knowing your community

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2016-04-26 14:04
The Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Awareness conference in Chicago left me with awe. True awe, the jaw-dropping, mind-blowing "wow," so bear with me as I struggle to articulate the experience into a blog entry. First off to hear words like "evaluation" and "holographic" in the same sentence was certainly a... Sistema Fellows Program

SLPC Construction Update: St. Botolph Closed 4/30-5/1

NEC Construction News - Tue, 2016-04-26 13:27

The work on the Student Life and Performance Center continues as we now must remove the tower crane on the construction site.

Please note the following information:

Beginning at 2:30 am, Saturday, April 30  and continuing to 7 pm, Sunday evening, May 1,  St. Botolph Street will be closed to automobile traffic to accommodate a large number of trucks delivering the materials necessary for crane removal.

What you can expect:

There will be no changes to the current pedestrian traffic flow.  And extra security and police details will be available to assist at the designated crosswalks throughout the day and evening.  

For our students in the Residence Hall, expect some banging and back up horns in the early morning hours.  The noise should subside by 7 pm Sunday evening.

For our PREP families dropping off students, two drop off areas will be available:

•    One area will be designated on Huntington Avenue, in front of the Jordan Hall 290 entrance.  Students may enter there, through the student lounge entrance, or proceed via the sidewalks to their classes/rehearsals.

•     You may turn onto St. Botolph from Mass Ave and proceed just to the entrance of 241 St. Botolph, where you may then make a U turn to exit.  Expect to see signage that says the road is closed to through traffic, but you may enter to drop off your child.  You may also proceed through the alley to access Huntington Avenue.

Please see the diagram below indicating these two drop off areas:

There will be no street parking available on Gainsborough in front of the Residence Hall, from Huntington Ave to St. Botolph.  Traffic will be open on Gainsborough with access to the Gainsborough Garage, but there will be no left turn available on St. Botolph.

For student pick up, we encourage you to find parking, as there will be very little accommodation for you to wait for your children, so please plan accordingly.  Due to expected traffic volume, please plan on more time for your commute and an earlier arrival.

For concert patrons attending the Susan Graham masterclass or the International Jazz Day concert on Saturday, or the  numerous NEC student recitals spanning both days, or the Celebrity Series concert Sunday afternoon at 3 pm, the Jordan Hall entrance on Huntington Avenue will also be open.

Please know we are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and maximize our students’ safety as we complete this phase of construction.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Sonata for Horns…a good way to start the day.

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Sonata for Horns…a good way to start the day.

Music and Universal Design for Learning

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2016-04-25 21:23
After four years of teaching elementary music, I still felt unsatisfied by my lack of knowledge in music and special education, my two areas of interest and passion. During my Sistema fellowship year, I spent the vast majority of my time exploring and questioning “inclusion.” What does inclusion mean? What... Sistema Fellows Program

Reframing "Expertise"

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2016-04-25 21:09
The recent Reframing El Sistema Conference at the University of Maryland Baltimore County aimed to connect “the evolving practice and research of social impact through music.” The conversation on Friday, April 8th (the only day I was able to attend) at first lent itself to the field’s most enduring questions... Sistema Fellows Program

Modeling the Artist part of Teaching Artist

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2016-04-25 20:51
This spring I had the opportunity to arrange and perform John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil together with our resident performing ensemble at Community MusicWorks. I had wanted to play The Protecting Veil ever since I first heard a recording of the piece as a college student and was drawn in... Sistema Fellows Program

Monday Motivation

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Monday Motivation


LIFE IS A LOT LIKE JAZZ. IT'S BEST WHEN YOU IMPROVISE. GEORGE GERSHWIN