Community Building

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

New Opportunities from Sphinx


If you’ve been an Ensemble reader for some time, you know about Sphinx. The long-running social justice organization is dedicated to advancing Black and Latinx representation in classical music—and they’ve just opened registration portals for two unique opportunities.

In Navajo Nation, the Beating Heart of Community


Spanning over 27,000 square miles across parts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, Navajo Nation is the largest Native American reservation in the United States. A land mass greater than ten states, it is home to over half of the Navajo Nation’s 400,000 enrolled people. This enormous population comprises countless diverse communities, each with deep artistic roots. And yet, despite this cultural richness, Navajo Nation had never been home to free, accessible youth music programs…until about six years ago.

Play the World Game (and Solve the World’s Problems)


If you enjoy games that reward the sort of inventive thinking we do best, we have a doozy for you. And it’s being played on a global stage.

International Day of Peace Concerts


Today is the International Day of Peace, a UN-led initiative advocating for nonviolence, disarmament, and human rights worldwide.

CIM Fellowship Opportunity for Black and Latinx Musicians


Did you know that Black and Latinx musicians currently represent less than 17 percent of U.S. music faculty? The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) is working to address this imbalance in our field, opening doors through its Future of Music Faculty Fellowship.

Symphonies for Schools Resources Highlight Deaf Awareness Month


September is Deaf Awareness Month, with International Week of Deaf People having begun on September 19.

Colombia Hosts World’s Largest Concert for Peace


In August, 16,000 artists came together in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, to take part in the world’s largest concert ever.

In His Own Words: An Interview with Sounds of Change Founder/Director Lucas Dols


Sounds of Change Founder/Director Lucas Dols agreed to chat with us about where the organization has been, where it is now, and where it’s going.

Giving Voice to the Guatemalan Community


Maria José and Mario have transformed children playing into the serious work of making music and being together. Before they even realize it, children are singing and performing as a common extracurricular activity. They know that Querido Arte is a space where their voices matter.

A Creative Call to Climate Action


This June, in London, England, hundreds of children participated in Hope 4 Justice, a performance piece and call to action in response to the current climate emergency.


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