North America

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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SONG Presents The Spirit Garden

Canada’s SONG Presents The Spirit Garden Sounds of the Next Generation (SONG) in Northumberland County, Canada, is collaborating with top talent across Canada to perform The Spirit Garden, an immersive outdoor music drama by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer.  This...
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Learning and Growth Beyond Glitz and Glamour

The Super Bowl is among the most watched television events in the world, with an audience of 116 million in 2016. This year, 41 young musicians from YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles), a project of the Los Angeles Philharmonic,...
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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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A New Regional Network in Canada

A new regional network has been formed in the Canadian province of Ontario, made up of Sistema Toronto, OrKidstra in Ottawa, and Sistema Aeolian. The network hopes to advance the work of all ten programs in the province. Key goals...
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I am an OrchKid

A new 17-minute film titled “I am an OrchKid” introduces the work of OrchKids, a Sistema-inspired program in Baltimore, Maryland (a project of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra). The film, by James Bartolomeo, evokes the feel inside a U.S. program. Check...
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