North America

Introducing the L.A. Orchestra Fellowship

A model to adopt?  This was the first year of the L.A. Orchestra Fellowship, a two-year intensive for musicians who play violin, viola and cello.  It is the first comprehensive orchestral fellowship program for top-tier string musicians from underrepresented communities...
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Peer-to-Peer Learning in Sistema

After reading about leadership and how other aspects of El Sistema have been implemented in the United States, I want to share how we’ve implemented the peer-to-peer aspect of El Sistema in a school where I’ve been working in Boston. ...
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A Global Field of Teaching Artists

I wish I could sit down with you over coffee.  All of you.  Every one of the readers of The WE who work so hard to build a new way for young people to find their way into expanded lives...
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Massachusetts Cultural Council META Fellowship

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) with The Klarman Family Foundation kick off the second cohort of the META Fellowship this month.  The term stands for Music Educators and Teaching Artists, and it is a two year professional development program for about...
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An Orchestra Dedicated to Social Justice

Read an inspiring interview with Joseph Jones.  He’s a multi-instrumental musician, composer, conductor, and the founder of the Orchestra Amadeus, whose mission is to promote social justice through classical music.  Every concert of this highly diverse set of players is dedicated to...
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Sistema Toronto De-Funded

In the June 2018 issue of The World Ensemble, we enthusiastically reported that Sistema Toronto had been granted $500,000 by the Ontario provincial government as part of a significant new investment in arts education. Sistema Toronto has waiting lists at...
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The New YOLA Center

The first building ever designed entirely for a Sistema-inspired program in the United States, the YOLA Center at Inglewood, is now under construction in Los Angeles.  The YOLA Center will be the fourth program site for the Youth Orchestra of...
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Attend ITAC4 for free!

ITAC4, the Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference, will take place in New York City on 13-15 September (first time in the United States), and is completely sold out.  But those who can’t attend can join much of the conference for...
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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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