North America

Massachusetts Cultural Council META Fellowship

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) with The Klarman Family Foundation kick off the second cohort of the META Fellowship this month.  The term stands for Music Educators and Teaching Artists, and it is a two year professional development program for about...
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An Orchestra Dedicated to Social Justice

Read an inspiring interview with Joseph Jones.  He’s a multi-instrumental musician, composer, conductor, and the founder of the Orchestra Amadeus, whose mission is to promote social justice through classical music.  Every concert of this highly diverse set of players is dedicated to...
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Sistema Toronto De-Funded

In the June 2018 issue of The World Ensemble, we enthusiastically reported that Sistema Toronto had been granted $500,000 by the Ontario provincial government as part of a significant new investment in arts education. Sistema Toronto has waiting lists at...
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The New YOLA Center

The first building ever designed entirely for a Sistema-inspired program in the United States, the YOLA Center at Inglewood, is now under construction in Los Angeles.  The YOLA Center will be the fourth program site for the Youth Orchestra of...
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Attend ITAC4 for free!

ITAC4, the Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference, will take place in New York City on 13-15 September (first time in the United States), and is completely sold out.  But those who can’t attend can join much of the conference for...
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El Sistema USA Awards Thirteen PRESTO Grants

Thirteen U.S. El Sistema-inspired programs have been accepted (after a competitive application process) into El Sistema USA’s PRESTO grant program, which provides group learning, mentorship, and funding to programs in their first five years.  Funded with one million dollars over three years from the Paul...
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Around the Sistema World with Hannah, Part Two

Greetings from Greece! I’m about three weeks into my worldwide El Sistema expedition. Throughout my travels thus far, I’ve had the opportunity to get a better glimpse at the different ways El Sistema communities across the globe are transforming the...
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The Great Lakes El Sistema Seminario

On June 27-28, Goshen College hosted the Great Lakes El Sistema Seminario in Goshen, Indiana. They included students at various musical levels from four Sistema-inspired programs: Archipelago (Traverse City, MI), Kalamazoo Kids in Tune (Kalamazoo, MI), Sistema Ravinia (Chicago, IL), and Roosevelt STEAM Academy...
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The Busiest Spot on the Sistema Globe

We just passed the darkest part of the Sistema world year in the Southern Hemisphere and the lightest part of the year in the North—do you know what the BUSIEST place in the Sistema world is all year long?  It’s...
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