La Red Brings Its Original Music to the U.S.A.

La Red de Escuelas de Música de Medellín (The Music School Network of Medellín) toured the East Coast of the United States in November. Eighty students from La Red’s 27 music schools across Medellín, Colombia were selected through auditions to be...
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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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What We Will Be: A Piece for Tiered Orchestra

What We Will Be Composed by Danielle Williams, Winner of the 2015 El Sistema Massachusetts Composition Competition This piece, composed for tiered El Sistema-style orchestra and optional choir, is meant to capture this spirit by empowering young musicians to be...
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Introducing the Music by Black Composers Project

The mission of the Music by Black Composers project of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation is: To inspire black students to begin and continue instrumental training by showing them that they are an integral part of classical music’s past as well as its future. To...
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Celebrate Leonard Bernstein at 100 Together!

In 2018 the music world will celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the American composer Leonard Bernstein. A brilliant opportunity dedicated to Sistema-Inspired projects will be to perform a special arrangement of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.” Thanks to Bernstein’s daughter...
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Singing Their Way into New Connections

In March 2016, choir students from Bay Area Music Project in Alameda, California had the opportunity to collaborate with young instrumental music students from Music Heals International in Port au Prince, Haiti. Teaching Artists from both programs chose two songs (“We’re Going To...
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FEATURE: Very Young Composers, Around the World

Can the core musical endeavors of El Sistema be enhanced by introducing the art of music composition?  At the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers (VYC), we believe the answer is yes.  We feel that all music education is furthered by...
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Honoring Leonard Bernstein

To honor the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the Leonard Bernstein office, Hal Leonard and Bernstein’s children Jamie, Alexander and Nina have collaborated with El Sistema USA to create a special arrangement of the song “Somewhere” from West Side Story. This arrangement has been...
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Sistema Global: Friends of El Sistema Worldwide

Many readers probably already know about the website Sistema Global: Friends of El Sistema Worldwide. It is a multipurpose home base for the global movement. We encourage colleagues to check out the free resources it offers (and please add resources...
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