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

El Sistema Finland: Tempo’s 10-year Celebration

09-02-2019

Since 2009, El Sistema Finland‘s Tempo Orchestra has provided and fostered music-making opportunities for children hailing from various backgrounds. It began as a project called “A whole world in the suburb,” and was financed through Finland’s Ministry of the Interior. Our goal was to increase interactions between Finnish and immigrant children and their families within two densely populated immigrant areas, Länsimäki and Koivukylä. These areas are located in the city of Vantaa, which is the most multicultural city in Finland.

Boston String Academy Joins Orquestra Geração

09-02-2019

“Visiting Portugal with my BSA orchestra was a trip full of memories that will never stop coming back to me. It’s amazing how, despite the expected language barrier, there were no walls between us, like we didn’t need words to form friendships because the music and the passion connecting us was enough. The music is the center of it all – why we were there, why we knew each other, why we would see each other days after the trip. It’s incredible how when you love something, you don’t want to stop doing it. After spending almost eight hours playing, barely awake by the end of the day, I still wanted to wake up and do it all over again the next day because I enjoy music; I enjoy playing it, the feeling and the togetherness of the orchestra, the people I meet, the places I get to see, the pieces I get to play, the emotion I get to feel, the memories that are present forever like friendly ghosts haunting my mind, traveling wherever I go, bringing it all with me. I may be in Boston, or in L.A., or in Venezuela, or anywhere in the world, but as long as I have music, and all that comes with it, Portugal will never leave me. It changed me far too much for me to forget.”

The Social Classroom of the Teatro Real

08-02-2019

The Aula Social (Social Classroom) program of the Social Action Foundation for Music of Madrid, Spain, was launched in September 2015, with the active support of the Teatro Real, Madrid’s legendary opera house.  The launch was propelled by an intensive weeklong workshop offered by a team of professionals from the well-known Special Education Program of El Sistema in Venezuela.

An American in Gothenburg

08-01-2019

Often, when we think about the word ‘culture,’ we think about the qualities of a communityits shared music, food, or religion. However, the word is derived from the Latin word ‘colere,’ which means to tend or cultivate; so when we take a more active perspective, we can define culture as ‘the medium for growth.’

A New Orchestra for Europe’s YOUNG Musicians

07-15-2019

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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, July 2019

07-02-2019

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Update from Sistema in Norwich

07-02-2019

In June, Sistema in Norwich (England) presented a special concert of music composed by and for their students.  “Sistema Composers” included the premiere of “The Ghost of Grafton Way,” a piece commissioned for the Colegate Núcleo Orchestra from composer and flautist Efraín Oscher; it tells the story of the ghost that haunted the house in Grafton Way, London, where Venezuelan independence heroes Simón Bolívar and Francisco de Miranda met in June 1810.

Side by Side by El Sistema Sweden: Impressions from a Participating Program Director

07-02-2019

Side by Side by El Sistema Sweden is a huge and unique international youth music camp that happens each year during the week of the summer solstice.  It is sponsored by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in partnership with El Sistema Sweden and the city of Gothenburg.  This summer, we at Passeurs D’Arts in France were thrilled to bring 18 of our students to the camp—they are between 7 and 17 years old, and come from two of our nucleos, Tutti Passeurs D’Arts Méditerranée and Garges-les-Gonesse in Paris.

Editorial: July 2019

07-01-2019

I went last week to Side By Side By El Sistema Swe- den, an intensive international music camp spon- sored by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the city and El Sistema Sweden. Let’s start with the statistics.

Music Education and Sustainable Development Goals—An Inquiry

06-02-2019

Sustainable development is development that takes into account the world‘s present and future needs from a mostly social and environmental, but also economic, point of view. Recently, scientific as well as economic and political institutions have been using the so-called UN sustainable development goals  (SDGs) to plan, implement, and evaluate sustainability-related  action. The formulation of 17 goals and 169 ojectives is the first comprehensive international attempt to tackle poverty, health and educational issues, peace, and environmental problems.

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