Jonathan Andrew Govias

When Sistema isn’t as easy as pie

On the drive back from the Reframing El Sistema conference in Baltimore, my students and I stopped for pie in Washington DC. Over a very delicious and savoury slice of steak and chile (really) I took the opportunity to ask a freshman cellist what she had thought of the conference. Her response was brutal: “I … Continue reading When Sistema isn’t as easy as pie

A Quick Guide to Musical Service Residencies

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 … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Musical Service Residencies