Ambassadors

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

Join Our Team: Applications Are Open for The Ensemble’s 2022 Ambassador Cohort

10-20-2021

Over the past few years, our Ensemble Ambassador initiative has blossomed into a lively, collaborative space for young people across the world to share their perspectives in our field. They’ve ruminated on pandemic learning and life in general; shared playlists of their current favorite songs; written beautifully about their favorite places to visit; and even led a session at the El Sistema USA Symposium and Seminario. In finding and raising their voices, this group is just scratching the surface of what they can achieve.

Playlist: 2021 Favorites from the World Ensemble Ambassadors

10-06-2021

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Ambassadors’ September 2021 Update: 2021-22 Recruitment Period Opens Soon!

09-01-2021

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August Update

08-04-2021

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Ambassadors July 2021 Update

07-07-2021

Toward the end of May, Melbourne experienced our fourth COVID-19 lockdown as a result of 26 new cases in two days. Unfortunately, the cases continued to increase, and the lockdown was extended from one week to two. As such, Pizzicato Effect once again returned to online learning. Happily, as we reached the third week of staying indoors, the number of daily cases decreased, and we were able to return to on-site learning.

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.

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