Weekly Digest–July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012

Weekly Digest–July 25, 2012







There’s a new certificate program through The University of Maryland,  Baltimore County (UMBC), the Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship.  This elite, one year post-baccalaureate program features a collaboration with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Music Director and OrchKids, the largest El Sistema-inspired program in the US. Only within the UMBC Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship can students experience firsthand the inner workings of a major U.S. orchestra, the BSO, and the premier and most sought after El Sistema-inspired music program in the U.S., OrchKids.

 This new Certificate program begins in late August, 2012 and will include courses / internships of 15 graduate credits.  The application deadline is August 10.
See http://www.umbc.edu/music/ programs/entrepreneurship.php

and http://www.umbc.edu/blogs/umbcnews/2012/07/umbc_announces_nations_first_p_1.html

for further information and application procedure.

More El Sistema related news, here are three job openings:

1.) El Sistema Colorado – Executive Director

JOB DESCRIPTION: Executive Director

Job Summary:

The Executive Director is charged with leading El Sistema Colorado’s success.
The E.D. is responsible for the overall management and administration of El Sistema Colorado (ESC), ensuring effective program execution, carrying out the mission of ESC and assuring the program’s sustainability and growth to the greatest areas of need across Denver metro and the state. The E.D. will create and implement the development strategy to achieve ESC’s fundraising goals, and cultivate various income sources from private foundations, individuals, corporations, government grants, among others. This includes leveraging key relationships and contacts within and outside the Denver Metro area to maintain and grow income streams. Other areas of responsibility include supervision of program planning and evaluation, policy planning, personnel and fiscal management, marketing, community engagement and public relations. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. It is hired by and directly accountable to the board of directors through its elected board chair.

More information about this position and El Sistema Colorado can be found at: www.elsistemacolorado.org

2.) El Sistema Lehigh Valley – Teachers Needed
After a very successful inaugural year of Allentown Symphony’s program, El Sistema Lehigh Valley, that engaged approximately 60 participants throughout the year with over 360 hours of programming – ESLV is in the process of hiring Strings Teachers and a Choir/General music instructor for the program!
Applications must be received by July 23rd
Applicant interviews will be held from July 24th to July 27thApplications received after the deadline will be considered for substitute teacher positions.  Please consider your availability to make this program truly special, and feel free to pass this information along to anybody you know that may be interested.
Last year, ESLV was very fortunate to have several qualified applicants from all over PA, but would love to open the opportunity to engage with some of the amazing musicians and educators from the Lehigh Valley.  Please feel free to forward this job information to any and all interested parties.  Applications are available online at http://allentownsymphony.org/Default.aspx?tabid=146.
Please send any inquiries to:
Steven Liu
Program Director
El Sistema Lehigh Valley
Allentown Symphony

3.) Kids 4 Harmony – Artistic Director
Berkshire Children & Families located in Western MA is searching for an Artistic Director for an El Sistema inspired music program embedded in a social service agency dedicated to developing human potential through creating opportunities for children & families.The Artistic Director will lead the musical components of the program and will contribute to its overall success and growth through participation on the senior leadership team responsible for strategic direction, program design, implementation, evaluation, fundraising and public relations.Kids 4 Harmony currently operates at one preschool and one elementary school site in Pittsfield MA. Long term planning is underway for expansion to a Pittsfield middle school and other sites in Western Massachusetts.Ideal candidate will be a musician trained in El Sistema music education approach.Send resume and cover letter to:Paula McDermott
Berkshire Children & Families
480 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201or email: pmcdermott@bcfcma.org

 Follow the recent posts of Greg Sandow:
  • We’re in a wild time because mainstream classical music is losing support (with dramatic speed), because some people refuse to see this, and because spontaneous change is bursting out everywhere.
  • We need to lose our sense of entitlement, our belief that classical music has transcendent value and therefore must be supported.
  • Our highest priority should be to build a new audience! A no-brainer, because the old audience is vanishing, and will never be replaced by another one like it.
  • If an excited new audience filled our halls, we wouldn’t have to do all the apologetic advocacy we do so much of now. (“Please like us! We really do matter!”)
  • To build a new audience, we have to present performances in ways that excite new people, and draw them in to participate. We have to play music that reflects the world around us. And we have to play the great masterworks more vividly.


Teachers:   get 101 Creativity Tips for your classroom!


Daniel Coyle (of The Talent Code) offers up two reflective posts on “world-class practice” with Novak Djokovic, top-ranked tennis player in the world, and the soccer team of Barcelona.  How can we transfer these approaches (or improve upon our present approaches) by considering how they practice?

Slow things down says Bill Plake in his latest post.

  • It gives your brain a chance to process information more precisely and lucidly.
  • It gives you a chance to become more conscious of any habits you might have that interfere with your ability play (so you can prevent them).
  • It strengthens your emotional connection to the music (even if you’re “just playing scales”) so that your ability to express yourself becomes second nature.
  • It allows you time to make aesthetic decisions that you might otherwise overlook at fast tempos (this is especially true in improvisation).
  • It increases your rhythmic precision.
  • It deepens your kinesthetic experience of making music.


A marvelous reflective post from the Cello Bello blog titled “That Sound” by Selma Gokcen who writes:

To put the importance of sound in perspective, on the opposite end of the spectrum is the terror of the prisoner in solitary confinement deprived of every form of vibration—the human voice, the sounds of Nature, and of course music, which has become as omnipresent as speech in our modern world. Without sound, where is our echo?  Sound—vibration—is food for the sensory nervous system and ultimately for the soul.

Worth reading is her post on Quietness as well.


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