El Sistema in Canada – 2012 Update

Posted on February 16, 2012

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El Sistema in Canada



 

Canada is a world-leader in Sistema-inspired activity. Canadian núcleos are some of the oldest in North America; Canadian universities have hosted the first academic conferences related to el Sistema; a national foundation presented the Símon Bolívar Orchestra in its largest venue to date and formally honoured Maestro Abreu’s achievements in 2008; and a Canadian youth orchestra has set the current gold standard internationally in advocating for and securing major government funding. The following list is not comprehensive, nor have the organizations therein been screened or ranked in any way; the listing is geographic from west to east. Amendments and additions are welcome and can be submitted via this form.

British Columbia Ontario
Alberta Quebec
Manitoba New Brunswick


B R I T I S H   C O L U M B I A

Vancouver

St. James Music Academy website
Kathryn Walker, Executive Director
Listing type: Organization – Educational/núcleo
Current status: in operation since 2007


A L B E R T A

Calgary

International Avenue Arts & Culture Centre website
José Duque, Program Lead
Listing type: Organization – Educational/núcleo
Current status: in operation

M A N I T O B A

Winnipeg

Sistema Winnipeg – partnership between the Winnipeg Symphony and Seven Oaks School Division website
Tanya Derksen, Director of Education, Winnipeg Symphony
Listing type: Symphony Orchestra – Educational/núcleo
Current status: in operation since 2011


O N T A R I O

London

Brio Music London website
Gladis Beatriz Funes, Director
Listing type: Organization – Educational/núcleo
Current status: in operation since 2011

El Sistema Aeolian website
Clark Bryant, Executive Director
Listing type: Organization – Presenter/Educational/núcleo
Current status: in operation since 2011

Dr. Ruth Wright, Chair of Music Education contact
University of Western Ontario
Listing type: Individual
Notes: Dr. Wright is one of the leading educators and musical sociologists currently conducting research on el Sistema, and serves as an advisor to a number of programs

Mississauga

Esperanza Music Project website
Susan Naccache, President and Artistic Director
Listing type: Organization – Educational/núcleo
Current status: prelaunch, fundraising

Toronto

Sistema Toronto website
David Visentin, Executive and Artistic Director
Listing type: Organization -Educational/núcleo
Current status: in operation since 2011

Glenn Gould Foundation website
Brian Levine, Executive Director
Listing type: Organization – Advocacy/Presenter
Notes: Maestro Abreu was the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Gould Prize. The Foundation invited the Símon Bolívar Orchestra and presented a performance at Toronto’s Skydome (home to the MLB Toronto Blue Jays) as part of the festivities.

Ottawa

Leading Note Foundation (Orkidstra) website
Tina Fedeski, Founder and Executive Director
Margaret Tobolowska, Artistic Director
Listing type: Organization – Educational/núcleo
Current status: in operation since 2007
Notes: Leading Note Foundation and Ottawa Chamber Music Society will host a Sistema symposium March 30-April 1 of this year


Q U É B E C

Montréal (and area)

Sistema Québec
Avelino Rubilar, Project lead contact
Listing type: Organization – Educational/núcleo
Current status: prelaunch, fundraising

Le Garage à musique website English overview
Hélène Sioui-Trudel, Director
Listing type: Organization – Educational/núcleo
Current status: in operation since 2009
Notes: A project of the Fondation du Dr Julien, Le Garage à musique focuses on popular music genres as part of a broader agenda of cultural mediation and social pediatrics.

Theodora Stathopolous
École FACE (Fine Arts Core Education) website french
Theodora Stathopoulos,Music Teacher
Listing type: Individual
Notes: Theodora Stathopoulos serves on the board of the International Society of Music Educators and leads the newly-formed Special Interest Group to examine Sistema at the ISME conference in Greece in July. She has also been instrumental within Canada in organizing and promoting academic conferences on the topic of social change through music.


N E W   B R U N S W I C K

Moncton (Provincial)

Sistema New Brunswick website
Don Matheson, Executive Director
Listing type: Youth Orchestra – Educational/núcleo
Current Status: in operation since 2009
Notes: In a brilliant piece of advocacy, in 2010 Sistema New Brunswick received an unprecedented $1.4 million grant from the Provincial Ministry of Regional Development – the first instance of a Sistema program in North America securing long term government support.

 

 

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