MLR February 7, 2016

Social action through music – beyond Sistema

November 22, 2015


Orangement on Parade

An investigation into "Social Action through Music" produces some unexpected - and oftentimes uncomfortable - results.

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What next for Sistema?

November 8, 2015


The Teresa Carreño Orchestra rehearsing in Beijing this week (from the orchestra's Facebook page)

What do Microsoft and Venezuela have in common?

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The Price Tag of Independence

October 12, 2015


The Orchestra at the 2014 International Seminario

If you don't like the politicization of El Sistema in Venezuela, there is something you can do about it.

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Still Steamed about STEM (Part 2)

September 29, 2015



Sistema programs are a declaration of different aspirations, of different values, of a different vision for society

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Steamed about STEM – Part 1

September 19, 2015



This is the perverse logic of the world of STEM.

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A Quick Guide to Musical Service Residencies

July 12, 2015


Musicians of the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra at Kahnawake, Quebec. The gentleman in the center of the image is Ken Lambla, Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at UNC Charlotte.

Well before the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra spent a full week in Montréal this past March, I vowed not to call the trip a tour. It’s long been fashionable for youth and even university orchestras to trot across the globe to exotic locales, normally at the expense of the students, or more likely the typically […]

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