Community Building

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

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.

Sistema Toronto Celebrates Indigenous Music


A recent project from Sistema Toronto connected students with a local artistic tradition, Métis Fiddle Music, in order to expand their understanding of Indigenous music of the region.

Barrios Orquestados, a Poetic Idea


After nine years of operation, our team wanted to do something big for our tenth anniversary, reminding students of their greater purpose and connection during these challenging times. Happily, we were struck by a poetic idea.

Side by Side Is Finally Back


After two years of digital alternatives, Side by Side 2022 returned to Gothenburg, Sweden over a few sunny days in June.

An Operatic Message from Our Children: Save the Planet!


The challenges of climatic changes, the destiny of our planet, the possibility for new generations to take their future in their hands—these very big ideas inspired my colleague Magali Thomas and me to write a new opera for young people.

GLP Imagined Community Concert: Reunion


During our conversations with them, CMW staff shared that they sometimes struggle to engage families to attend concerts. In considering how best to bring together all CMW families, students, and faculty, we came up with “Reunion,” an imagined concert designed to help CMW unite and celebrate their community’s many cultures and people.


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