The El Sistema Academy kicks off El Sistema Sweden’s tenth anniversary year celebrations. The Academy focuses on strong El Sistema-inspired teaching practices and runs January 31–February 2 in Stockholm. It features a distinguished faculty of 15, including Gerald Wirth (President/Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys Choir), Sascha Goetzel (Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra), Franka Verhagen (the founder of the academic and professional training program for teachers and conductors at El Sistema Venezuela), Eric Booth (teaching artist trainer from the U.S.) and host Ron Davis Alvarez (El Sistema Sweden/Dream Orchestra). All essential information is here.
Here is a video from last year’s Academy. A reminder: Side by Side by El Sistema Sweden (June 13–17, 2020 in Gothenburg) applications are now open for this gigantic summer camp with over 2,500 students who can join in one of 18 possible tracks (eight orchestras, six choruses, and more options).