About Us

The World Ensemble is the only publication that connects the worldwide El Sistema-inspired movement. Beginning with quarterly issues in 2016, the WE is now delivered electronically and frequently, with a comprehensive website, electronic newsletter, and active social media reach.

The world’s El Sistema-inspired movement now includes over 380 separate programs in over 65 countries, with almost one million participating young people. Since it began two years ago, The World Ensemble has published feature articles on topics with a global perspective, editorials, resources, and several hundred short news items from programs around the world. The WE has built regional communications networks through Associate Editors in five world regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America) whose mission is not only to report the latest news, but also to build collegial connections among isolated programs that have (in most regions) little or no contact with one another.

Inspired by the example of El Sistema in Venezuela, founded in 1975, these intensive youth orchestra programs, predominantly for young people in economically-struggling and socially-stressed communities, have proliferated around the world in the last decade. Each program develops its own pedagogy and curriculum, aligned with a set of common principles — El Sistema is not a franchise, but a collective inquiry into the personal and social development of youth through investment in ensemble music-making.

The World Ensemble was founded by Editor Tricia Tunstall and Publisher Eric Booth, and is now led by Managing Editor Graciela Briceno. The WE also has Associate Editors across the globe who share news and expand readership. The WE is the sister publication of The Ensemble, a monthly newsletter founded six years ago to cover the El Sistema-inspired movement in the U.S. and Canada.

Meet Our Team


Graciela Briceno (Managing Editor) is the Founder of Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, an El Sistema program in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 2011, JQOP has served students with quality and affordable music instruction, including the Beethoven Ensemble for Children with Special Needs. As a graduate of the Sistema Fellows Program, Graciela has trained teachers for Sistema programs worldwide. As a violist, she has performed with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, Nairobi Orchestra, and Royal College of Music Orchestra. Graciela holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Boston University and is currently studying International Education Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Tricia Tunstall (Executive Editor) is the co-author, with Eric Booth, of Playing For Their Lives: The Global El Sistema Movement For Social Change Through Music.  Also the author of Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music and Note By Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson, Tunstall is a leading advocate for the seminal importance of music and arts education in children’s development. With Eric Booth, she is the co-founder and editor of The Ensemble and The World Ensemble, newsletters for the North American and global Sistema communities.  A graduate of Yale, Columbia University, and Boston University, she is a lifelong music educator and writer, she maintains a piano studio in the New York area.

In 2015Eric Booth(Publisher) was given the nation’s highest award in arts education, and was named one of the 50 most important people in the arts in the U.S.  He began as a Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of six books, the most recent is Playing for Their Lives, co-written with Tricia Tunstall, about the worldwide El Sistema movement.  He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education. He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), cities, states and businesses around the U.S. A frequent keynote speaker, he founded the International Teaching Artist Conferences and works with El Sistema-inspired programs around the world. 

Associate Editors

At Large: Gracie Briceno
Latin America: Rebecca Levi, Armando Torres Chibras, and Isabella Abreu
Asia / Oceania: Lucy Rash
Africa: Karis Zeller and Levi Wataka
Europe: Maria Majno, Etienne Abelin, and Mina Fenercioglu

 

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