Introducing Sangeet4All in India

Over the last five years, renowned Indian Classical musicians Shubendra and Saskia Rao have been developing a Sistema-like music program with Indian classical music for children living in poverty, as well as those with greater financial means. They have also...
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Celebrate Leonard Bernstein at 100 Together!

In 2018 the music world will celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the American composer Leonard Bernstein. A brilliant opportunity dedicated to Sistema-Inspired projects will be to perform a special arrangement of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.” Thanks to Bernstein’s daughter...
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YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus

YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus‘s alumni, now in different places in their lives, continue to meet and explore their roles in changing their realities. In the video below, they tell their stories by re-imagining a popular song, “יהיה בסדר” (Yihiyeh Beseder). Whether...
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El Sistema Hong Kong’s Program for the Elderly

El Sistema Hong Kong is building foundations for long-term growth. Director Melissa Nino (who grew up in Venezuela’s El Sistema) is training future faculty at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education and has launched its first string orchestra,...
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EDITORIAL: Should We Include Middle Class Kids?

It came up for the third time in a month, and this time loud and clear.  The setting was a first-ever Forum of Sistema-inspired organizations in South Korea.  The panel included seven presenters.  The government arts education agency KACES sponsored...
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Seminario in Palestine

The Palestinian Al Kamandjati Summer Orchestra Festival brought together students, international educators, and professional musicians for one week of rehearsals, sectionals, lessons, and other fun musical activities. After these days of intensive practice, the orchestra presented Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony for...
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El Sistema Japan Launches New Projects!

El Sistema Japan recently launched its third project in Komagane City, Nagano.  This is the organization’s first project outside of tsunami-affected areas, marking a significant step in its embedding in the educational culture of Japan. El Sistema Japan has also...
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Sounds of Palestine’s Important Performance

In April, the Palestinian El Sistema program, Sounds of Palestine, located in Bethlehem, had the honor to participate in a special event where 13 students from their Al-Majdal Orchestra performed at the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah (the West Bank)...
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EDITORIAL: The Gang for Music

We have been thinking about all the ways Sistema programs around the world create the group identity and cohesion that make possible the social development that is their ultimate goal. The World Ensemble is particularly rich in specific examples of...
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