Ambassadors

The Ensemble seeks to connect and inform all people who are committed to ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

The WE Ambassadors’ Week of Workshops 2021

06-02-2021

I am honored to be a part of this year’s World Ensemble Ambassadors, a talented bunch of youth musicians from nine countries around the world. As much as I love sharing stories with them and writing about our respective programs, I also look forward to growing in my artistry through the mentorship that we receive as Ambassadors.

Gearing Up for Our Pen Pal Project: Getting to Know Each Other!

05-05-2021

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The Ambassadors’ Exchange: April 2021

04-07-2021

This month’s Ambassador updates are a vibrant mix of song, sound, and reflection. First, learn about how the Pizzicato Effect program in Australia has been ramping up motivation for the new musical year, and then watch Ugandan musicians from Architects of Music perform a local song. Afterward, read about an exciting initiative to strengthen connections between alumni and current students at the Harmony Project in LA, and then marvel at excellent performances by students from the Music for Peace Foundation in Turkey. Finally, contemplate along with Canadian Ambassador Helen Faucher as she examines a critical conversation she had with her violin teacher.

The Ambassadors at the El Sistema USA 2021 National Symposium & Seminario!

03-03-2021

The WE Ambassadors were recently invited to participate in the El Sistema USA 2021 National Symposium and Seminario. They participated in various events and hosted their own panel discussion on “The Magic of Music Mentoring Around the World.” For the latter, they filmed videos of themselves proudly talking about their musical programs. Here is what they had to say about the experience.

The Seminario, through a Student’s Eyes

03-02-2021

Last month, I was fortunate enough to participate in El Sistema USA’s Symposium and Seminario, which took place online. The week was full of informative and surprising sessions. Before the week began, I recorded two videos that were later used in the Symposium itself. The first was a video of me discussing how we mentor in my program, Sistema Utah, which was later combined with submissions from other World Ensemble Ambassadors. In the other, I performed “What We Will Be” by Danielle Williams on my violin. I couldn’t wait to hear how it sounded when joined with videos that other participating students had sent in.

Breaking Down Barriers with Technology: Facilitating Multilingual Meetings

02-03-2021

Last year, we Ambassadors usually met every other weekend over Zoom and communicated solely in English. However, when we learned that one of our new members did not speak English fluently, we set out to ensure that no one would feel excluded when we spoke.

The Ambassadors’ 2020 Online Musical Pen Pal Project: Part 2

01-06-2021

Throughout the month of November, The World Ensemble Ambassadors organized a pen pal project among five programs scattered across the globe. The project involved musical improvisation activities, games on Zoom, and one-on-one communication between pen pals. It culminated in a creative activity in early December wherein each pen pal group that allowed each group of pen pals to create short videos summarizing their experiences with the project. Below, you can read two Ambassadors’ reflections on the project and view their final videos.

Introducing the 2021 World Ensemble Ambassadors

01-06-2021

The World Ensemble Ambassadors are a group of youth musicians representing different Sistema-based programs around the globe. We are pleased to announce the third cohort of Ambassadors, who hail from eight countries and nine programs. 

The Ambassadors’ 2020 Online Musical Pen Pal Project: Part 1

12-02-2020

Last month, the 2020 World Ensemble Ambassadors launched their inaugural Online Musical Pen Pal Project, connecting some 25 musicians from five different programs. As of this writing, the pen pals have met twice and communicated with one another on alternate weeks. During larger group sessions, pen pals shared their respective cultures and took part in improvisation activities. Read about the project from Ambassadors Stephen Ongoma (Ghetto Classics) and Hannah Christensen (Sistema Utah).

Ambassador Talks: Tricia Tunstall

11-04-2020

Aside from working together on projects and publishing updates about their respective Sistema programs, Ambassadors are given the opportunity to receive various forms of enrichment throughout the year. This month, they met with Tricia Tunstall, who cofounded The Ensemble and The World Ensemble newsletters and authored the seminal book Playing for Their Lives: The Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change Through Music.

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