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Addressing Teacher-Student Racial Bias

In some instances, Sistema teachers are from a different race or ethnic background than their students and families. In the U.S. Sistema field, the racial disparities between faculty/staff and students/families are widely recognized as a challenge, and the issue of...
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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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Price Hill Creative Community Festival Honored

U.S. Sistema programs, their students, and their founders win awards regularly for their accomplishments.  Just recently one (Boston String Academy) was honored for contributions to the arts in Massachusetts; another (Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program) was recognized for music education by...
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AMBASSADORS: Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

On February 24, OrKidstra was honoured to be part of the largest Citizenship Ceremony in Canadian sports history at the Canadian Tire Centre, hosted by the Ottawa Senators, in partnership with Canadian Immigration and Citizenship, Ottawa Tourism, and the Sens...
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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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OrKidstra Sings at Canada’s National Hockey Game

On Sunday, 24 February 2019, the Ottawa Canada’s National Hockey League team, the Senators, hosted a special citizenship ceremony, welcoming 186 new citizens from 39 countries into Canada in the largest citizenship ceremony in Canadian sports history.  Once sworn in, these new citizens walked the...
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El Sistema USA Leads 2019 National Symposium

Over two hundred program leaders, teaching artists, supporters and advocates of the El Sistema movement in the United States came together in Detroit, Michigan in January, to reflect upon current practice and explore promising new directions in the field.  The...
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