El Sistema Lehigh Valley

Promotional video shared by El Sistema Lehigh Valley's Program Director Steven Liu, Sistema Fellow '11. Sistema Fellows Program

Why wait for the dust to settle?

Being from Minnesota, also known as “the land of 10,000 choirs” – and taking to heart Dr. Abreu’s advice to “do what I know best” – I knew I had to start a Sistema-inspired choral program in my home state after graduation. After two months of extensive community mapping, I... Sistema Fellows Program

Reflections on El Sistema at ISME

It’s been over two weeks now since I returned from attending the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil (July 20-25), but it’s taken that long, and the juxtaposition of ongoing work and presenting at another conference, to fully process a wonderful experience in the ISME... Sistema Fellows Program

Merida's orchestra system

I was interested in the progression of the students through the different levels of the orchestra. My own experience has involved a more rigid system - we think more of progress on the scale of the individual e.g. this musician has reached a certain technical level and is ready to... Sistema Fellows Program

The Ensemble, August edition

The August edition of Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth's publication chronicling the emerging field of El Sistema-inspired activity in the US and beyond, and featuring an essay by Katie Wyatt (Sistema Fellow '10) on her observations of El Sistema in the United Kingdom, is found here. Sistema Fellows Program


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