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Nurturing the Ensemble

Additional video clips

Open rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leads an open rehearsal with students from Boston area núcleos and conservatory students from Longy School of Music. They rehearse Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 by Georges Bizet. Video courtesy of Longy School of Music of Bard College. Produced by Greenhouse Collective.

PDF video transcript: Open rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel

 

Indoor marching band

Frequent performance for Lorrie Heagy’s students in Juneau, Alaska, includes marching through the hallways of Glacier Valley Elementary School. They perform “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”
PDF video transcript: Indoor marching band

 

Erik Holmgren on the El Sistema emphasis on group achievement

Erik Holmgren, former director of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory, discusses how the YOLA program is structured to prioritize achievement by the ensemble over the individual.
PDF video transcript: Erik Holmgren on the El Sistema emphasis on group achievement

 

Judith Hill Bose on regular performance

Judith Hill Bose, director of educational initiatives, Longy School of Music at Bard College, discusses the Sistema custom of performing on a regular basis, including when visitors arrive.
PDF video transcript: Judith Hill Bose on regular performance

 

Michael Blakeslee on the ensemble as metaphor for community

Michael Blakeslee, deputy executive director/COO, National Association for Music Education, observes that devoting significant time to learning in an ensemble translates into a successful achievement of the national standards.
PDF video transcript: Michael Blakeslee on the ensemble as metaphor for community

 

Christine Witkowski on matching students and instruments

Christine Witkowski, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) program director and music director, HOLA, discusses the YOLA process of assessing students’ strengths to help them select an instrument with which they are more likely to have success.

PDF video transcript: Christine Witkowski on matching students and instruments

 

Dan Berkowitz on the Sistema fellowship program

Dan Berkowitz, manager, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), shares his experience visiting new El Sistema programs in Venezuela.
PDF video transcript: Dan Berkowitz on the Sistema fellowship program

 

Gretchen Nielsen on YOLA’s partnership with HOLA

Gretchen Nielsen, director Los Angeles Philharmonic educational initiatives, discusses the advantages of partnering with community-based after-school centers like the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA).
PDF video transcript: Gretchen Nielsen on YOLA’s partnership with HOLA

 

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