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FOJI: Growing Orchestras across Chile


Chile is a unique country. Its territories are incredibly diverse, from the driest desert (Atacama) to the mountainous, brisk lands at the continent’s southernmost point (Magallanes, Aysén). This adds a layer of complication to our work at Fundación de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Chile (FOJI), where we strive to make it possible for musicians in every region to participate in ensemble music performance—even if it requires multi-day trips by sea, land, and air.

International Gathering of Researchers in Our Field


The scholarly association SIMM (Social Impact of Music Making), an international research initiative headquartered in Brussels, is hosting its 7th annual “SIMM-posium” in London on December 12–14, 2022. P

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.

YOLA National Festival 2023 Opens Call for Applications


As the year winds down, summer festival opportunities are already knocking on our students’ doors—including the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA National Festival.

Detroit Youth Choir Sings Out against Gun Violence


While many communities continue to reckon with the consequences of gun violence, the Detroit Youth Choir has released a powerful new music video honoring lives lost with a call to action.

‘Creating Healthy Communities’ Gathering


On October 10–11, the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine is hosting the “Creating Healthy Communities 2022 Convening,” welcoming students, professionals, and organizations who are engaged in the arts, public health, and community development initiatives.

Showing Up as a Global Field: A UNESCO Invitation for Our Readers


We say we are a global field. But are we? An open call from UNESCO—which you may not have heard about—presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to move in that direction.

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.

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.


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