Making aspects of the Sistema Fellows Program's curriculum accessible to local musicians

I am pleased to announce that, starting in September 2015, NEC will offer a brand new two-part course about designing community-based residencies through its School of Continuing Education. Building on curriculum developed specifically for the Sistema Fellows Program (2009-2014), the goal is to help local musicians, including NEC alumni and... Sistema Fellows Program

Collaboration & Creativity Laboratory Video

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Musical Service Residencies

"A few of my colleagues in the sector have voiced their growing concern over what might charitably be referred to as “Sistema Theatre.” You’ve probably seen the videos: giant massed orchestras, bright coloured shirts, exaggerated stage motion culminating in a strangely anti-social camera focus on hyperkinetic podium flailing. Spectacle has... Sistema Fellows Program

Collaboration & Creativity Laboratory

As a classically-trained pianist, I admit I’ve hesitated to teach the creative process to my students because of my lack of training and experience. I love to sight-read. Put any piece of music in front of me and I welcome the challenge. Yet when prodded to improvise, I feel like... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, July edition

The July 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 Christine Witkowski (Sistema Fellow '10), is found here. Sistema Fellows Program


I DON'T CARE MUCH ABOUT MUSIC. WHAT I LIKE IS SOUNDS. DIZZY GILLESPIE