El Sistema-inspired organizations from across the country will gather at Duke University for the El Sistema USA - Duke University 2018 Symposium.  Located in picturesque Durham, NC, the symposium will offer a chance to learn, to network, and to grow as an El Sistema USA educator, administrator, parent, and student.  Featuring presentations and interactive breakout sessions designed by ESUSA members, participants will have a chance to explore based on the needs of their organization a track created just for them, as a board member/volunteer, administrator, teacher, parent, or student.  Symposium presentations include "The Power of City and Statewide Alliances" with Tricia Tunstall of the Ensemble Newsletter and Alysia Lee of Sister Cities Girlchoir, "Creative Composition: An interactive introduction to techniques in how to create compositions focused on youth voice, collective leadership, and social relevancy," with Emily Smith of Sympatico and Dan Trahey of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids, and "Time for your checkup, using the Guiding Principles as a checklist to maintain the health of your program and measure its impact within the community" with Christine Taylor of Reach*Teach*Play, Ravinia, among many others! In addition to presentations and interactive breakout sessions, all participants will be invited to attend our plenary sessions, including "EDCI and Kidznotes: A Neighborhood Collective Impact Model," by Nick Malinowski of Kidznotes and a presentation of the NEA-funded research study done by the Duke University Social Science Research Institue and Bass Team, among others! 

This symposium offers an exciting new opportunity for El Sistema USA Students. All students aged 14-18 are invited to participate in the Student Symposium Track, which features open master classes and culminates in a final performance. They will have the opportunity to make music alongside other El Sistema USA students, explore Duke University with Duke University Students, and grow as musicians and members of El Sistema USA by participating in interactive breakout sessions.  Students may apply as pre-formed chamber ensembles of 2-6 students, or they may apply as individual students and be placed into an ensemble for the duration of the symposium. 

*There is a moment in our Registration Process that may be confusing. Once you've selected your ticket type (Member Organization Attendee/Non-Member Organization Attendee) hit the "Assign Ticket" button to select your Symposium Track and Meal Package. Our new registration system is very thorough as as such you will have to put your personal information in multiple times, we appreciate your patience! 

Participants from out of town should plan on flying in to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, located just 20 minutes from our conference location. El Sistema USA is excited to provide two hotel options:

  • The Durham Marriott City Center is a luxurious location in downtown Durham, just 1.1 miles from our conference location. Reserve your room by December 19, 2017 to receive our rate of $129. 
  • The Cambria Hotel & Suites is a boutique hotel located in downtown Durham. Located just 1.7 miles from our conference location, with shuttle service available, the Cambria is an economic option that doesn't slack on style! Reserve your room by December 29, 2017 to receive our rate of $99. 

2018 Symposium El Sistema USA - Duke University

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  • January 19 - 20, 2018
  • 1304 Campus Drive
    Durham, North Carolina
    United States

Event Workshops

Administrator Track

January 19, 2018  09:00 - 06:00
Fee: $0.00
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Although the sessions provided by this track are optimized for organization administrators, the track is non-binding and attendees may alter their session choices to fit their specific needs. 

This symposium track is designed for organization administrators, to help facilitate the best possible symposium experience. In addition to plenary sessions, this track includes the following presentations, exploring organizational challenges and new ideas in the field:

  • “Time for your checkup, using the Guiding Principles as a checklist to maintain the health of your program and measure its impact within the Community"  with Christine Taylor, Director of Reach*Teach*Play, Ravinia.  
  • "Update from the Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee of El Sistema USA" from Calida Jones, Program Director, Bravo! Waterbury, CT.
  • "The Power of City and Statewide Alliances" with Tricia Tunstall, Editor in Chief of the Ensemble Newsletter and Alysia Lee, Founder and Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir.
  • "Evaluating and Measuring the Impact of an El Sistema-Inspired Program: Strategies and Findings from a University-Community Partnership" with Michelle Hospital, Research Associate Professor and Anna Pietraszko, Executive Director of Miami Music Project, Inc.