North America

Introducing the Take A Stand Festival Orchestra

In July of this year, the U.S. El Sistema-inspired movement celebrated its first national orchestra.  The Take A Stand Festival Orchestra, supported by the Take A Stand partnership (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music of...
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El Sistema Kenya & Let It Shine Host the YOA

In March 2017, El Sistema Kenya in Nairobi and Let It Shine Program in Arusha, Tanzania welcomed two representatives from Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program. Gabrielle Molina (clarinet) and Nathaly Ossa (violin) organized an instrument petting zoo...
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Batuta and Berklee Join Forces

Fundación Nacional Batuta has begun a collaboration with Berklee College of Music that will benefit young people and teachers throughout Colombia.  After a visit to Bogotá, Roger Brown, president of Berklee, voiced his support of a collaboration between Berklee and...
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Take A Stand Consortium in L.A.

In mid-July, the Take A Stand Consortium (Los Angeles Philharmonic and Longy School of Music and Bard College) gathered the first U.S. national Sistema Youth Orchestra of 100 students from 34 different programs.  The Festival included a three day national...
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Creative Youth Development – Join the Movement

  Creative Youth Development (CYD) is an umbrella term in the U.S. for a variety of education programs and initiatives that share values and practices with El Sistema-inspired programs.  A national CYD partnership publishes a free newsletter, and now it...
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Video Tips for Students from Carnegie Hall!

The NYO-USA is America’s national youth orchestra, founded and led annually by Carnegie Hall.  They have now added NYO-U, an alumni-led/produced set of videos offering tips for young musicians from NYOs alums.  NYO-U is a collection of original mini–master classes...
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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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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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