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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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OrKidstra Sings at Canada’s National Hockey Game

On Sunday, 24 February 2019, the Ottawa Canada’s National Hockey League team, the Senators, hosted a special citizenship ceremony, welcoming 186 new citizens from 39 countries into Canada in the largest citizenship ceremony in Canadian sports history.  Once sworn in, these new citizens walked the...
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El Sistema USA Leads 2019 National Symposium

Over two hundred program leaders, teaching artists, supporters and advocates of the El Sistema movement in the United States came together in Detroit, Michigan in January, to reflect upon current practice and explore promising new directions in the field.  The...
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Join the Global Leaders Program

Last month’s issue of The World Ensemble carried an article on the annual gathering in Chile of The Global Leaders Program 2019 Cohort — an initiative of The Orchestra of the Americas with support from the Hildegard Behrens Foundation. The Global Leaders Program is...
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Save the Date: Make Music Day will be 21 June

Every year, in increasing numbers, musicians around the world take to the streets on 21 June for Make Music Day.  The celebration began 36 years ago in France and now includes over 800 cities.  Amateur musicians, professionals, teachers giving free...
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Yo Yo Ma and Bach Inspire Students

Sometimes a vignette captures the essence of a core belief in our practice.  Michael DePasquale, the Project/Personnel Manager for Encore! Sistema Québec in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, recently shared a story that celebrates the way that a learner’s seeing just the right performance—a...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, January 2019

Honk, Blow ‘n Screech at OrKidstra by Jennifer Ong (Canada) As OrKidstra is growing, we are starting off the new year by welcoming a fresh group of beginner students, ages 8-12. Last week, to help these students make an informed...
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Wider reach for the youngest; new fun for the oldest

Ottawa’s OrKidstra program has innovative programs growing on both ends of the students’ learning journey with them, like bookends.  On the “entry” side is meeting prospective young students in schools. Since 2013, OrKidstra has built a win/win relationship with the local school...
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International Teaching Artist Conference 2020

For those who read about (or joined virtually with) the hundreds of teaching artist delegates from 26 countries at the ITAC4 (Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference) at Carnegie Hall in New York last September, the dates of ITAC5 have just...
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