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AMBASSADORS: Music Rises After Years of Oppression

After decades of darkness, light is coming to Kabul. Five years ago, Zohra Orchestra became Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra, in a place where women’s rights were once destroyed by the Taliban. Zohra Orchestra, made up of students from the Afghan International Institute of...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, March 2019

Music Rises After Years of Oppression, by Timor Sultani (Sweden) After decades of darkness, light is coming to Kabul. Five years ago, Zohra Orchestra became Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra, in a place where women’s rights were once destroyed by the Taliban. Zohra Orchestra,...
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In-Depth Research Study of Portugal’s Orquestra Geração

Editor’s note: The Research Centre in Psychology of Music and Music Education (CIPEM) hosted an in-depth study of the Orquestra Geração program in Portugal, entitled Growing While Playing in Orquestra Geração: Contributions towards understanding the relationship between music and social...
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Creating Musical Communities in Romania

This month, 150 children in the community of Zizin, near Brasov in Romania, are celebrating six years of choral singing. Since April 2013, when I held the first rehearsal as part of Superar Romania, the choir program, involving mostly Roma...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, February 2019

Music and Mission: Bridging the Years through Music by Axelle Miel (Philippines) On 9 February, the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY), led by their conductor Joshua Dos Santos, performed a pre-Valentine’s Day concert titled “Musika at Misyon” (Music and...
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Updates from Passeurs d’Arts in France

On 16 March 2019, Passeurs d’Arts will celebrate the approach of spring with an entire day dedicated to orchestras of children and youth. The first part of the day will comprise a series of round table discussions related to the...
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Led by Performance:  Sistema in Norwich

At Sistema in Norwich (England), we have sought to put performance at the forefront of developing our programme.  Although performance has always been an important aspect of our work, and we have been getting children involved in performing from the...
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The Dream Orchestra of El Sistema Sweden

In 2016, Ron Davis Alvarez took a bus from Gothenburg, Sweden to a home for young refugees in the Swedish countryside.  A former nucleo director in Venezuela’s El Sistema who had just been appointed Artistic Director of El Sistema Sweden,...
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Side-by-Side by El Sistema Sweden 2019

Now is the time to sign up for Side by Side by El Sistema Sweden, with its six orchestras, early music and folk music ensembles, six choruses, and more. From 15-19 June 2019, 2200 young people from Sistema programs in...
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