The Ensemble, June edition

Exploring El Sistema - Sun, 2015-05-31 10:08
The June 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 by Aubree Weiley (Sistema Fellow '14), is found here. Sistema Fellows Program

JAMM's new string quartet-in-residence

Exploring El Sistema - Sun, 2015-05-31 10:05
"Juneau Alaska Music Matters (founded and directed by Lorrie Heagy, Sistema Fellow '10), the Juneau Symphony, and the University of Alaska Southeast are proud to announce their scholarship recipients who will serve as members of the Juneau String Quartet-in-Residence while pursuing a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching with certification... Sistema Fellows Program

Third Annual El Sistema Showcase

Exploring El Sistema - Sun, 2015-05-31 09:58
On May 30, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Conservatory Lab Charter School convened the third annual El Sistema Showcase. The event featured twelve programs from across Massachusetts and one program from Rhode Island. Over the past six years, Sistema Fellows have been closely linked to the development of... Sistema Fellows Program

El Sistema and Social Justice

Exploring El Sistema - Sun, 2015-05-31 09:37
"Our programs don’t wait for violence to break out – they seek to avoid it through teaching creative and healthy cooperation and expression. We don’t minimize the pain of the populations reacting with rage, or those whose duty it is to serve those communities – we know each of them... Sistema Fellows Program

Fellows at the League Conference

Exploring El Sistema - Sun, 2015-05-31 09:31
Last week in Cleveland, four Sistema Fellows participated in the annual League of American Orchestras national conference. (l-r: Heath Marlow, Jennifer Kessler '12, Liz Schurgin '11, Eric Booth, Annalisa Boerner, Ayriole Frost '14, Eriel Huang '14) Sistema Fellows Program

And down it comes…

NEC Construction News - Thu, 2015-05-28 11:43

and two hours later:

 

Dear NEC faculty, staff, and students,

The dramatic, tangible beginning! The SLPC is really really going to happen! Here is the Annex under demolition this morning. Below, a reminder of the safety measures now in place to protect you and the work crew:

  • the parking lot is off limits and is now a construction zone.
  • Anyone entering the construction zone is required to notify Tishman Construction field staff and must wear a hard hat, safety glasses and high visibility vest.
  • The basement doorway entering 241 from the parking lot is closed to all but field construction staff.
  • Anyone entering 241 must use the main doorway.
  • Any NEC staff, administrators or others wishing to tour the construction site should contact Mike Ryan or Karen Kidd to arrange.  

Thank you and be safe.

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan (michael.ryan@necmusic.edu 617-585-1187), Karen Kidd (Karen.kidd@necmusic.edu  617-585-1181) or, until May 29, Ellen Pfeifer (ellen.pfeifer@necmusic.edu 617-585-1143).

Some thoughts from Anne Howarth, horn faculty

Prep Blog Archive - Tue, 2015-05-26 16:24

 What advice would you offer to young performers?

Find your authentic voice, and go after opportunities that feel right for you. There is more than one way to have music in your life. While a traditional orchestra or opera or string quartet may be right for some people, they might not be right for everyone. Maybe a mix of opportunities is what’s right for you. Or maybe something completely different. Every orchestra only needs one concertmaster, but the world needs a variety of musicians sharing their gifts in a variety of ways.

Apart from music, what other activities do you find enriching in your life?

Travelling, vegetable gardening, and spending time with my 1-year-old black cat, Junko. I love to see the world from other people’s perspectives, and traveling (even to other towns around New England) lets me do that. Vegetable gardening puts me in touch with the elements of nature and helps me practice letting go of outcomes. I plant the seeds, fertilize them and water them. After that, it’s out of my hands. I had never owned a cat before Junko, and she forces me to slow down. Just when I want to get up, she’ll crawl into my lap or up on my shoulder and settle in for a nap. As a result, I do much more meditating and pre-performance visualization then I’ve ever done before! It’s been great for my horn playing.

What have you been listening to most recently?

Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings, Op. 31.
I had the honor of performing it as faculty soloist with the Tufts Chamber Orchestra at the Granoff Music Center in Medford on March 31 at 8 pm and at Symphony Space in New York City on April 19. Several well-known horn players have recorded it, and I’m always curious to hear other horn players’ interpretations. The writing is terrific, and it is great fun to play.

Do you have any pets at home? If so, where is your favorite place to take them for a walk?

I think Junko would freak out if I took her for a walk! She’s definitely an indoor, city cat.


Some thoughts from Anne Howarth, horn faculty

Preparatory School - Tue, 2015-05-26 16:24

 What advice would you offer to young performers?

Find your authentic voice, and go after opportunities that feel right for you. There is more than one way to have music in your life. While a traditional orchestra or opera or string quartet may be right for some people, they might not be right for everyone. Maybe a mix of opportunities is what’s right for you. Or maybe something completely different. Every orchestra only needs one concertmaster, but the world needs a variety of musicians sharing their gifts in a variety of ways.

Apart from music, what other activities do you find enriching in your life?

Travelling, vegetable gardening, and spending time with my 1-year-old black cat, Junko. I love to see the world from other people’s perspectives, and traveling (even to other towns around New England) lets me do that. Vegetable gardening puts me in touch with the elements of nature and helps me practice letting go of outcomes. I plant the seeds, fertilize them and water them. After that, it’s out of my hands. I had never owned a cat before Junko, and she forces me to slow down. Just when I want to get up, she’ll crawl into my lap or up on my shoulder and settle in for a nap. As a result, I do much more meditating and pre-performance visualization then I’ve ever done before! It’s been great for my horn playing.

What have you been listening to most recently?

Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings, Op. 31.
I had the honor of performing it as faculty soloist with the Tufts Chamber Orchestra at the Granoff Music Center in Medford on March 31 at 8 pm and at Symphony Space in New York City on April 19. Several well-known horn players have recorded it, and I’m always curious to hear other horn players’ interpretations. The writing is terrific, and it is great fun to play.

Do you have any pets at home? If so, where is your favorite place to take them for a walk?

I think Junko would freak out if I took her for a walk! She’s definitely an indoor, city cat.


Allentown Seminario

Exploring El Sistema - Tue, 2015-05-26 12:03
The recent seminario hosted by El Sistema Lehigh Valley served approximately 175 kids from Miami Music Project, Kidznotes, OrchKids (which wasn't able to attend in the end because of the unfortunate situation in Baltimore), Play On Philly!, Bravo Waterbury, and even a handful of schools in our immediate region. This... Sistema Fellows Program

The Annex Makes Way for the SLPC

NEC Construction News - Thu, 2015-05-21 10:47

Dear NEC faculty, staff, and students,

Demolition of the Annex in the St. Botolph parking lot has begun. Most immediately, the “bridge” between this structure and the 241 St. Botolph building, will come down this week. Then the structure itself will be taken down next week.

NEC has put into place safety measures to protect the NEC family and work crew. As of today, then:

  • the parking lot is off limits and is now a construction zone.
  • Anyone entering the construction zone is required to notify Tishman Construction field staff and must wear a hard hat, safety glasses and high visibility vest.
  • The basement doorway entering 241 from the parking lot is closed to all but field construction staff.
  • Anyone entering 241 must use the main doorway.
  • Any NEC staff, administrators or others wishing to tour the construction site should contact Mike Ryan or Karen Kidd to arrange.  

Thank you and be safe.

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan (michael.ryan@necmusic.edu 617-585-1187), Karen Kidd (Karen.kidd@necmusic.edu  617-585-1181) or, until May 29, Ellen Pfeifer (ellen.pfeifer@necmusic.edu 617-585-1143).

P.S. Those irreverent Building Ops folks staged their own ground breaking…umm…glass breaking event as a coda to NEC’s official celebration. See photos below.

Commencement Into This New World

Huffington College - Tue, 2015-05-19 17:34
Within this Darwinian analysis of higher education, what is the state of play in the performing arts and where exactly is their place in our contemporary world? Tony Woodcock http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-woodcock/

The merits of voices

Exploring El Sistema - Mon, 2015-05-11 13:57
Jonathan Govias '10, Elaine Chang Sandoval '13, and Eriel Huang '14 recently participated in El Sistema and the Alternatives, a two-day symposium hosted by the London-based ethnomusicologist Geoff Baker. In addition to presenting a paper in London, Jonathan also found it necessary to write a blog post in response to... Sistema Fellows Program

We Are The Penguin Penmen!

Penguin - Fri, 2015-05-08 22:04

To The Students Of NEC

Penguin - Fri, 2015-05-08 22:03
by TONY WOODCOCK NEC President     As we approach Commencement and the end of the school year, I am saying farewell to NEC just as many of you graduating students will do on May 17.  Like you, I am moving into a new chapter of my life, which will provide I am sure as […]

Jonas Tarm’s Favorite Photos

Penguin - Fri, 2015-05-08 22:01

Our Time At NEC

Penguin - Fri, 2015-05-08 22:00
As the school year comes to a close, five graduating students have taken time to reflect on their different and unique experiences at NEC. On May 17th they, along with 240 other graduating students will walk across the stage at Jordan Hall one last time to receive their degrees. Join them in reliving some fond […]

Incremental Changes

Penguin - Fri, 2015-05-08 21:57
As the school year comes to a close, five graduating students have taken time to reflect on their different and unique experiences at NEC. On May 17th they, along with 240 other graduating students will walk across the stage at Jordan Hall one last time to receive their degrees. Join them in reliving some fond […]

Communication And Liberation

Penguin - Fri, 2015-05-08 21:32
by ALEX STENING First-year MM French Horn     Knock Knock! A rapping on the door brought us out of our trance, a state induced by speeding through a jungle, throwing bananas and the inevitable blue shell as we raced in the Lightning Cup on Mario Kart-Wii. Finally Papa John’s pizza delivery arrived and I seemed to […]

College scholarships for AMP graduates

Exploring El Sistema - Thu, 2015-05-07 13:26
Clayton State University and The Atlanta Music Project (led by Dantes Rameau '10, Aisha Bowden '12) recently announced a joint program that will provide endowed funding for AMP graduates to continue their education through the Clayton State Music Department. The scholarship funding will be utilized for students who major or... Sistema Fellows Program

Leaving town to come together

Exploring El Sistema - Thu, 2015-05-07 13:15
With support from the Resource Center, I traveled to Philadelphia to attend the El Sistema Symposium that occurred on January 8-11. I attended to catch up with other Fellows, and to create a team-building opportunity for me and Kidznotes Director of Programming Kim Demery. At the Symposium, I had a... Sistema Fellows Program

I REMAIN TRUE TO MY STARTING PRINCIPLE. TO WRITE SOLELY AS I MYSELF THINK BEST. FELIX MENDELSSOHN