El Sistema: We Could Do This in Columbus

In rehearsal, 1st violins, Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra(Photo: http://elsistemausa.org/)
In rehearsal, 1st violins, Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra(Photo: http://elsistemausa.org/)

El Sistema, the Venezuela based program bringing hope and education throughout the world, acting ultimately as a great leveler, should come to Columbus.

The New England Conservatory is now training Sistema teachers, collaborating with the founders  in Venezuela. Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema’s highest profile graduate is now the world’s highest profile conductor-and he has the chops to keep him there.

No, the idea is not to produce endless musical prodigies. The idea is to break the cycle of poverty. This video tells the story better than I can

Here’s another video from a few years ago.  Reference is made to the program at the New England Conservatory (NEC). The narrator is Lloyd Schwartz, NPR’s wonderful arts commentator and music journalist for The Boston Phoenix. Lloyd was also a buddy of my hometown, back in the day, and I hope still is:

Let’s all think of ways to expand El Sistema in the States. Let’s bring El Sistema to Columbus. I’m in. Are you?

Comments
  • http://promusicaed.wordpress.com Julia Hare

    I am certainly a fan! In fact, I’ve had some in-depth talks in the past year with other music educators in Columbus about how this could happen… plus where to start, who to involve, and when to get it going. The linchpin? Funding. Of course. So if you or someone you know is looking for a worthy cause to fund, we have one for you! And I believe Christopher Purdy may be the leading voice for advocacy.

  • Bob

    Are we going anywhere with this idea? Now that funding for the arts is even more scarce and poverty will hit Columbus like a meteor in the next four years, what will happen to our kids? I just stumbled unto this topic, but hope it’s not out dated.

  • Bob

    Are we going anywhere with this idea? Now that funding for the arts is even more scarce and poverty will hit Columbus like a meteor in the next four years, what will happen to our kids? I just stumbled unto this topic, but hope it’s not out dated.