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About the 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium Fundraising Reception:

Shana Tucker – Photo Credit: Sonia Seelinger

We are thrilled to invite you to the 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium Fundraising Reception, occurring in tandem with the 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium & Seminario! 

The reception is Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 6:30 P.M. at the Durham Arts Council and tickets are $100.

All funds go to support Regional Seminarios for students across the country, bringing El Sistema programs together from multiple states, uniting students through performance!

The reception will feature live music from Durham’s most exciting crossover artists, including 2020 National Symposium Fundraising Reception Guest Artist, Shana Tucker, student performances, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails by Social House Vodka, beer and wine.

El Sistema USA Fundraising Reception Host Committee:

Christine Taylor Conda, Chair, Board of Directors El Sistema USA

Calida Jones, Clerk and Symposium Committee Chair*

Rita McLennon, Development Committee Chair*

Robert Gofourth, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair*

Dr. Armand Hall, Vice Chair and PRESTO Committee Chair*

Anilia Hornsby

Noel James and Richard Ammons

Barbra and Scott Laird, Treasurer*

Brian Wiebe*

Katie Wyatt and Dr. Aaron Vandermeer


*Indicates a member or officer of the Board of Directors of El Sistema USA 

About Shana Tucker, 2020 National Symposium Fundraising Reception Guest Artist

Shana Tucker, 2020 National Symposium Guest Artist

Lyrical storyteller. Soulful cellist. Dynamic singer-songwriter. That’s SHANA TUCKER. Her unique genre of ChamberSoul™ weaves together jazz, roots folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B, into melodies that echo in your head for days. She’s the rare performer you’ve never seen the likes of before—and one you’ll never forget.

Steeped in story, Shana’s ChamberSoul is rich, deep music that sits down next to you and puts its arm around your shoulders. “I’m intrinsically drawn to acoustic instruments because of their resonance, warmth, and intimacy,” she says. “ChamberSoul brings musicians and audience closer, and makes the music tangible, no matter how large or small the room is.”

A sought-after collaborator, Shana performs and records with legendary jazz saxophonist/composer Bennie Maupin, jazz flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, and Grammy-nominated NuSoul collective The Foreign Exchange. Recent collaborations include They Are All, presented at American Dance Festival 2019 with Culture Mill’s Murielle Elizeon and Tommy Noonan; Continuing To Tell, a multidisciplinary public-space performance highlighting the history of Civil Rights in Durham, NC; and Women’s Work, a female-led collective of jazz and soul singer-songwriters and musicians representing both east and west coasts. Shana is also the host of, a new pop-up jazz club series featuring nationally and internationally-recognized jazz artists who call North Carolina home.

Shana is a recipient of several grant awards through local arts councils, including United Arts Council (Raleigh, NC) and two Nevada Arts Council grants, one of which is the prestigious Artist Fellowship for her exemplary work as a Performing Artist. She serves on review panels and advisory committees for arts organizations across the country, including United Arts (Raleigh, NC), South Arts (Atlanta, GA), and Nevada Arts Council (Carson City, NV).

Shana is an advisory board member for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, an annual event in Washington, DC that celebrates and promotes women jazz artists through concerts, jam sessions, lectures, panel discussions, masterclasses and a young artist competition. She is also a board member for Blair Publisher (formerly Carolina Wren Press), a North Carolina-based small-press organization that publishes diverse minority writers of quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children’s literature.

A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana believes that approaching academics from an artistic perspective encourages innovation, critical thinking, and self-confidence. She works with educators (Pre-K through college and beyond) to integrate the arts into existing curriculum, thereby transforming schools, knowledge retention, and students’ love of learning. Shana is an A+ Schools of North Carolina A+ Fellow, and a teaching artist with United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, Durham Arts Council, and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

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