El Sistema Symposium and Fellowships for Music Teachers, 2012 in LA

November 17, 2011

Take a Stand 2012 Symposium

Jan 30-Feb 1, 2012, LOS ANGELES


The inaugural Take a Stand Symposium focuses on driving the collective thinking of the El Sistema movement forward. Through inspiring speakers, interactive workshops, and global networking opportunities, attendees will gain compelling tools to turn inspiration into action.

January 30 highlights:
• Experience the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and YOLA – Gustavo Dudamel’s signature El Sistema-inspired program at the LA Phil – in a joint rehearsal and concert
• Learn alongside NEC’s third class of Abreu Fellows as they present findings from a survey of U.S. núcleos
• Network with your region to explore connections and growth

January 31 highlights:
• Gain insights from international núcleo leaders and teachers on program implementation, including: building a teaching philosophy, hiring staff, and fundraising 101
• Preview Take a Stand’s new Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program
• Attend a performance of Mahler’s Seventh* by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall

*Tickets sold separately upon registration.

February 1 highlights:
• Hear from Take a Stand and El Sistema leaders, including Deborah Borda (President and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Leon Botstein (President, Bard College)
• Explore the art of teaching through the lens of El Sistema, including: the paper orchestra, percussion classes, and a recorder ensemble
• Make music with your peers during a repertoire reading session (don’t forget to bring your instrument or your voice!)

PLEASE NOTE: all conference activities will take place at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, unless noted otherwise.

Stay tuned for a full agenda.


Up to 25 music teachers will be accepted as YOLA Ambassadors to receive scholarships of up to $1,000 for symposium expenses. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.


Call             213.972.0705       or email YOLA@laphil.org

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