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, or student.  Featuring presentations and interactive breakout sessions designed by ESUSA members, participants will have a chance to explore a track created just for them: 

  • Board Member, Volunteer, Administrator
  • Teacher
  • Parent
  • Student

(Registration is $100 for members of ESUSA, $150 for non-members. Click here to renew your membership or join now!)

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, Director 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 Institute and Bass Team, among others! 

The teacher track will offer teaching artists the opportunity to develop tools and skills to bring back to the classroom, hear inspiring stories of successes and challenges in their peers' programs, as well as give participants the opportunity to network and connect with other El Sistema USA teachers.  Two extended breakout sessions, Bucket Band Basics and Creative Composition, will provide skills and techniques for immediate practical implementation, and our open master classes will allow participants to observe and learn from master teaching artists.  Our Teacher Support Group sessions will create a space for teachers to share their concerns, stories, successes, and best practices with each other, in an environment facilitated by a master teacher. 

This symposium offers an exciting new opportunity for El Sistema USA Students.  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.  All students aged 14-18 are invited to participate in the Student Symposium Track.  This track features open master classes taught by legendary Duke University music faculty and visiting artists, and culminates in a final performance featuring a student-led panel and chamber ensembles. In our Open Master Classes, students will receive live instruction on instrumental technique and repetoire, and the audience will have a chance to engage the master teacher and the chamber ensemble with questions and discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to make music alongside other El Sistema USA students in our Creative Composition workshop, tour Duke University and get to know Duke University student mentors, and grow as musicians and members of El Sistema USA by providing student voice in our interactive breakout presentations. 

*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, and then "This is my ticket"  to select your Symposium Track and Meal Package. Our new registration system is very thorough and as such you will have to enter your personal information multiple times. We appreciate your patience! *

Participants from out of town should plan on flying in to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), 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. 
Thank you so much to the D'Addario Foundation for providing support for our students and parents to attend the national symposium at no cost!
 
 
Symposium Schedule
Friday, January 19th
 
8:30-9:00       Check-in and Registration (coffee provided)
9:15-10:15     Welcome and Keynote
10:15-12:30   Event Workshops (Administrator/Volunteer/Board Member, Parents, Teacher, and Student Tracks available)
12:30-1:30     Lunch and Honors Ceremony for Mark Churchill and Stan Thompson
1:30-3:00       Plenary Presentations (Administrator/Volunteer/Board Member, Parent), Duke Campus Tour (Student), Teacher Support Session (Teacher) 
4:00-6:00       Open Master Classes led by Duke Music Faculty. Open to all, designed for teachers and students. Interactive live teaching and learning opportunity!
6:30-8:00       Fundraising Dinner and Continued Student/Teacher Track Opportunities
 
Saturday, January 20th
 
9:00-10:00     Plenary Presentation at the Holton Career and Resource Center (offsite)
10:00-11:30   Tour of Kidznotes at the Holton Career and Resource Center (offsite)
12:30-1:30     Lunch and discussion tables divided by hot topics
1:30-3:00       Duke Social Science Research Institue National Endowment of the Arts Presentation and Open Master Classes led by Duke Music Faculty. Open to all, designed for teachers and students. Interactive live teaching and learning opportunity!
3:00-5:00       Teacher Support Session
3:30-5:00       Plenary Presentations, Open Master classes led by Duke Music Faculty. Open to all, designed for teachers and students. Interactive live teaching and learning opportunity. 
5:00-6:00       Final Student Performance and Student Panel and Closing Remarks
 
 
 
 

2018 Symposium El Sistema USA - Duke University

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  • January 19 - 20, 2018
  • 1304 Campus Drive
    Durham, North Carolina
    United States
    27705

Event Workshops

Administrator/ Board Member/ Volunteer Track

January 19, 2018  09:00 - 06:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:

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. 

Symposium Schedule

Friday, January 19th

8:30-9:00          Check-in and Registration (coffee provided)

9:15-10:15        Welcome and Keynote

10:15-11:00      Breakout Presentations Session 1 (participants will choose one):

  • "Panel with the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth" with Helen Eaton, CEO of Settlement Music School. The Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) began in 2012 as a consortium of music educators in Philadelphia, and has grown to produce research on collective impact around the country.  This panel, led by Helen Eaton, will discuss this research, along with PMAY's joint project to develop shared professional development resources among all teachers in Philadelphia and a new initiative to support students from under-represented communities. 

  •  "Time for your checkup: using the Guiding Principles to maintain the health of your program and measure its impact within the community" with Christine Taylor, Director of Reach*Teach*Play, Ravinia. This presentation features representatives from 3 El Sistema USA organizations, who will share how the Guiding Principles strengthen their prorgams and help them achieve collective impact. 

​11:00:11:45       Breakout Presentations Session 2 (participants will choose one):

  • "Student Led Learning and Initiatives" with Hermes Camacho, Teaching Artist at Austin Soundwaves. This presentation will explore the ways that students can have more ownership over the outcomes of activities within their programs. A technique that has been implemented at Austin Soundwaves, Student-Led Learning and Initiatives is empowering for students and helps create meaningful results. 

  • "Beginning to End: Creating a Curriculum and Getting Value from Evaluations" with Rey Ramirez, Program Director of Soundscapes and David Dirlam, Assessment Specialist, Soundscapes. Many El Sistema programs do not have a written curriculum, which can lead to lower productivity and teacher morale. This presentation shares Soundscapes' process for creating scope and sequence documents and assessing their effectiveness in the program.  ​

11:45-12:30       Breakout Presentations Session 3 (participants will choose one):

  • "Time for your checkup: using the Guiding Principles to maintain the health of your program and measure its impact within the community" with Christine Taylor, Director of Reach*Teach*Play, Ravinia. This presentation features representatives from 3 El Sistema USA organizations, who will share how the Guiding Principles strengthen their prorgams and help them achieve collective impact.

  • "Beginning to End: Creating a Curriculum and Getting Value from Evaluations" with Rey Ramirez, Program Director, Soundscapes and David Dirlam, Assessment Specialist, Soundscapes.  Many El Sistema programs do not have a written curriculum, which can lead to lower productivity and teacher morale. This presentation shares Soundscapes' process for creating scope and sequence documents and assessing their effectiveness in the program. 

  • "Panel with the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth" with Helen Eaton, CEO of Settlement Music School. The Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) began in 2012 as a consortium of music educators in Philadelphia, and has grown to produce research on collective impact around the country.  This panel, led by Helen Eaton, will discuss this research, along with PMAY's joint project to develop shared professional development resources among all teachers in Philadelphia and a new initiative to support students from under-represented communities. 

12:30-1:30         Lunch and Honors Ceremony for Mark Churchill and Stan Thompson

1:30-3:00           Plenary Presentations:

  • "Holistic Youth Development Through Music"  with Sara Zanussi, Founder and Executive Programming Director of ComMUSICation. Drawing examples from a choral El Sistema USA program, ComMUSICation, this session will discuss how community partners can provide infrastructure for non-music services, and how to make El Sistema USA programs youth-centered using Weikart Center's positive youth development principles. 

  • "Equity in El Sistema Programs and the Success of our Young Musicians" with Adam Eccleston, Program Director of Bravo Youth Orchestras. Adam Eccleston will share his experiences with music growing up in New York City, and compare his life experiences to his teaching experiences in urban schools. He will share success stories, and provide suggestions for how to keep students engaged and adopt an enriched and safe environment for inner-city students in El Sistema USA programs. 

  • "Collective Impact of Longy's Side-by-Side Program" with Karen Zorn, President of Longy School of Music. Launched in 2013, Longy School of Music's Sistema Side by Side program pairs students from El Sistema programs across Massachusetts with graduate students and faculty in rehearsals and performances with renowned musical guests. Longy's president Karen Zorn, a current graduate student, and an El Sistema faculty member discuss the lessons they've learned in the program's first five years. 

  • "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 at FIU-Bridge, and Anna Pietraszko, Executive Director of Miami Music Project, Inc. This presentation will discuss findings from a University-Community research partnership between Florida International University and Miami Music Project Inc.. As a case study, they will present from a 3-year longitudinal study, which examined the impact of participation in Miami Music Project on positive youth development. They will provide tips and strategies on conducting ongoing evaluations. 

4:00-6:00          Open Master Classes: Student chamber ensembles will be coached by legendary Duke faculty and visiting artists on instrumental technique and repertoire, allowing teachers, parents, and staff members to learn skills, techniques, and best practices from a master teacher, with time for questions and discussion. 

6:30- 8:00         Fundraising Dinner (optional)

7:00-8:30          Creative Composition Extended Workshop (optional)

Saturday, January 20th

9:00-10:00         "EDCI and Kidznotes: A Neighborhood Collective Impact Model" with Nick Malinowski, Executive Director of Kidznotes and David Reese, Executive Director of the East Durham Children's Initiative. Seven years ago, the East Durham Children's Initiative partnered with Kidznotes and dozens of other organizations to bring diverse programs and services to a traditionally underserved 120 block zone in East Durham. This session will explore how this partnership was formed and ways in which both Kidznotes and EDCI have benefitted from the powerful collective impact model. 

10:00-11:30      Tour of Kidznotes

12:30-1:30        Lunch and discussion tables divided by hot topics

1:30-3:00         Presentation Session (participants will choose one): 

  • Bass Team Research Presentation: The Duke University Bass Team, comprised of students, faculty, and staff from both El Sistema USA and the Duke University Social Science Research Institute, will present their findings from the NEA-funded study, and their current work with the symposium and the census. 
  • Open Master Classes:    Student chamber ensembles will be coached by legendary Duke faculty and visiting artists on instrumental technique and repertoire, allowing teachers, parents, and staff members to learn skills, techniques, and best practices from a master teacher, with time for questions and discussion.   

3:30-5:00         Afternoon Session (participants will choose either plenary presentations or open master classes):

  • "Update on the Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee" with Calida Jones, Artistic Director of Bravo Waterbury. Calida Jones will update members on the Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee, including a discussion of communication styles, cultural understanding, and parent-teacher interactions. 

  • "Creating a Pipeline in Historically Underserved Communities: Establishing Youth Orchestras in African-American and Latino Communities" with Charles Dickerson, Executive Director and Conductor, Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. This presentation discusses the lack of a pipeline for historically underrepresented people to prepare for careers in American orchestras. Charles Dickerson will provide solutions. 

  • "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. This presentation will explore the benefits, challenges, and collective impact of forming alliances between El Sistema USA programs and other programs pursuing music education and social justice. Tricia Tunstall and Alysia Lee will discuss their experiences of creating, sustaining, and growing alliances, drawing on their experiences with the El Sistema New Jersey Alliance and the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth. 

  • Open Master Classes:    Student chamber ensembles will be coached by legendary Duke faculty and visiting artists on instrumental technique and repertoire, allowing teachers, parents, and staff members to learn skills, techniques, and best practices from a master teacher, with time for questions and discussion. 

5:00-6:00        Student Performance and Closing Remarks: The Symposium will close with a performance by all of the student chamber ensembles, preceded by a student-led panel on the student experience in El Sistema-inspired programs.