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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Igniting the Flame of Music

In the summer of 2012, a notice of auditions for a youth orchestra popped up on my Facebook feed. I decided to send in an application. Little did I know that the orchestra would become a brilliant, well-respected musical ensemble...
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El Sistema: Music for Social Change

The new book “El Sistema: Music for Social Change” contains a variety of essays and is edited by Christine Witkowski, the founding Director of YOLA at HOLA for five years. The book includes program portraits from around the world, teaching...
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Happy 41st Birthday, El Sistema!

To celebrate the 41st birthday of El Sistema in Venezuela, Fundamusical has compiled a film of clips from speeches and presentations by José Antonio Abreu, beginning with his talk in 1975 to the original “pioneers” of El Sistema: Ayer 12.02.16...
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Volunteer with Childs Play India Foundation!

Childs Play India Foundation (CPIF) helps over 60 disadvantaged children across four locations in India to learn instrumental and choral music. The program welcomes volunteers from all over the world for a ‘working holiday’. Most recently, CPIF hosted a music...
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