North America

El Sistema USA Awards Thirteen PRESTO Grants

Thirteen U.S. El Sistema-inspired programs have been accepted (after a competitive application process) into El Sistema USA’s PRESTO grant program, which provides group learning, mentorship, and funding to programs in their first five years.  Funded with one million dollars over three years from the Paul...
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Around the Sistema World with Hannah, Part Two

Greetings from Greece! I’m about three weeks into my worldwide El Sistema expedition. Throughout my travels thus far, I’ve had the opportunity to get a better glimpse at the different ways El Sistema communities across the globe are transforming the...
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The Great Lakes El Sistema Seminario

On June 27-28, Goshen College hosted the Great Lakes El Sistema Seminario in Goshen, Indiana. They included students at various musical levels from four Sistema-inspired programs: Archipelago (Traverse City, MI), Kalamazoo Kids in Tune (Kalamazoo, MI), Sistema Ravinia (Chicago, IL), and Roosevelt STEAM Academy...
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The Busiest Spot on the Sistema Globe

We just passed the darkest part of the Sistema world year in the Southern Hemisphere and the lightest part of the year in the North—do you know what the BUSIEST place in the Sistema world is all year long?  It’s...
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Around the Sistema World with Hannah

Editor’s Note: Hannah Whitehouse won the extraordinary Circumnavigator’s Travel Study Grant at Northwestern University to study El Sistema-inspired programs around the world during her summer break.  Are you feeling the same admiration and envy that we do?  Hannah will write...
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Not just Somewhere, but everywhere!

Not just Somewhere, but, it seems, everywhere. The close connection between Leonard Bernstein’s legacy (this is his birth centennial year) and Sistema programs (strengthened by the support of his children Jamie, Alexander and Nina) has brought some high profile opportunities for...
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FEATURE: My Mexico City Experience

On February 28th I traveled to Mexico City, Mexico, to play alongside young musicians like me from all around the globe, in an orchestra festival under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel and Arturo Marquez.  When I first found out I...
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