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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, April 2019

Artistic Youth Camps Across Kenya, by Linet Othieno (Kenya) Exciting things have been happening every day this month at Ghetto Classics. We had 4 two-week camps take place. First was the Ghetto Classics Mukuru kwa Ruben, a music program in Nairobi. The kids...
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Preserving Traditional Venezuelan Music

For many years, El Sistema in Venezuela has placed an emphasis on studying, teaching, and playing the rich folk musics of the country.  Now a new article in Smithsonian Magazine highlights those folk traditions and describes the importance of preserving...
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AMBASSADORS: The “Girls in Music” Project

Throughout 2018, the “Girls in Music” project fostered debates and strengthened ideas on gender equity for members of NEOJIBA. As part of this project, 18 female teachers and musicians were invited to share their experiences and provide masterclasses to students....
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, March 2019

Music Rises After Years of Oppression, by Timor Sultani (Sweden) After decades of darkness, light is coming to Kabul. Five years ago, Zohra Orchestra became Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra, in a place where women’s rights were once destroyed by the Taliban. Zohra Orchestra,...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, February 2019

Music and Mission: Bridging the Years through Music by Axelle Miel (Philippines) On 9 February, the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY), led by their conductor Joshua Dos Santos, performed a pre-Valentine’s Day concert titled “Musika at Misyon” (Music and...
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Join the Global Leaders Program

Last month’s issue of The World Ensemble carried an article on the annual gathering in Chile of The Global Leaders Program 2019 Cohort — an initiative of The Orchestra of the Americas with support from the Hildegard Behrens Foundation. The Global Leaders Program is...
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Save the Date: Make Music Day will be 21 June

Every year, in increasing numbers, musicians around the world take to the streets on 21 June for Make Music Day.  The celebration began 36 years ago in France and now includes over 800 cities.  Amateur musicians, professionals, teachers giving free...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, January 2019

Honk, Blow ‘n Screech at OrKidstra by Jennifer Ong (Canada) As OrKidstra is growing, we are starting off the new year by welcoming a fresh group of beginner students, ages 8-12. Last week, to help these students make an informed...
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