Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces two day “Community Engagement through Music Education Workshop”, November 2011

October 7, 2011

From the OrchKids Program in Baltimore, Maryland:

Over the past five years, the El Sistema movement in the United States has grown significantly, with a promise and excitement of changing the lives of young people most in need through music education and music making. Under the leadership of Maestra Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the OrchKids program, now in its fourth year, has been a model for other orchestras, school systems and organizations providing assistance to their representatives one by one as they visit the BSO’s four inner city OrchKids sites in the most challenged communities of West and East Baltimore. In an effort to encourage new “nucleos,” new music making centers throughout the country and provide necessary information for success in the implementation of El Sistema based music programs, the BSO will once again present, “Community Engagement through Music Education,” (CEME) a two day workshop on Thursday, November 10 – 11, 2011 in Baltimore. Maryland.

The workshop will offer a comprehensive view of El Sistema and how it’s currently realized in the US, as well as information and presentations on developing one’s own program and vision, program management and sustainability, and cultivating community support and partnerships. The event will include an address by Maestra Marin Alsop as well as onsite visits to OrchKids sites where workshop participants will see the program at work, interact with faculty and the Pre K – fourth graders currently enrolled and be actively involved in preparations for a public performance by the young musicians.

CEME is designed specifically for those passionate individuals and supportive organizations searching for ways to be relevant and effective in their own communities using music education. This workshop is geared to those looking for insight into starting an El Sistema based program. In its fourth successful; year, the BSO’s OrchKids program welcomes the opportunity to share information and inspiration.

For additional details on workshop itinerary, costs, hotel accommodations, etc., contact Cheryl T. Goodman, OrchKids Director of Administration for registration information:,             410-783-8025

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