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The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University is proud to collaborate with El Sistema USA to offer up to two 4-year full-cost-of-attendance scholarships to Peabody Conservatory for incoming students from El Sistema USA Member Organizations for Fall 2021. El Sistema USA Member organizations are eligible to recommend students to El Sistema USA, and recommended students will be sent to Peabody for consideration. All students interested in Peabody Conservatory should submit an application to Peabody by its December 1st deadline. Students must be admitted to the Peabody Conservatory by way of audition and must submit all required supplementary materials.

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The Global Leaders Program

The Global Leaders Program empowers a rising generation of change-makers in music to transform lives and communities through an innovative nine-month Executive Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, Cultural Agency, Teaching Artistry, Civic Leadership, and Organizational Management. Led in partnership with nine top universities and think tanks, including El Sistema USA, and a network of institutional Fieldwork hosts spanning 30 countries, the Program is offered annually to a select Cohort of 35 of the most promising emerging talents from around the globe.

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The Canales Project

The Canales Project gives voice to issues of identity and culture through music and conversation. Through partnerships with organizations and individual artists, TCP aims to enhance messages and concepts relevant to social and cultural change.

El Sistema USA is thrilled to partner with The Canales Project to provide El Sistema USA Member Organizations arrangements of “Hear Our Song”, the theme song of The Canales Project’s Hear Her Song initiative, composed by Katy Pfaffl arranged specifically for El Sistema-inspired programs by Joshua Cerdenia.

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The Ensemble

Eric Booth and Tricia Tunstall are the masterminds behind this invaluable resource for the El Sistema community at large.  Please subscribe to The Ensemble Newsletter to keep apprised of what is happening all across the country and around the world, and to participate in their “Action of the Month” – a real-time, real-life initiative to inspire change.

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Duke University

ESUSA is thrilled to be partnering with Duke University’s Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI) and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts. This partnership will provide a “home-base” for El Sistema USA at the university, and includes the collaborative research project: “Elements of Organizational Success in El Sistema Inspired Programs: a study of members and non-members of ESUSA, ” funded by the NEA. Duke will provide resources for members through access to professional development, and act as an incubation hub for El Sistema USA through faculty and student support, funding, and guidance in business development.  Partners within the university include the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Social Sciences Research Institute, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Fuqua School of Business.

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League of American Orchestras

Offering first- time League Annual Conference attendees significant discounts on registration for ESUSA members. ESUSA is a member of the Youth Orchestra national network of the League.

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The Sphinx Organization

The Sphinx Organization is a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Led by Afa S. Dworkin, its President and Artistic Director, Sphinx programs reach over 100,000 students, as well as live and broadcast audiences of over two million annually.

In 2019, attendees of the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium in Detroit also had the chance to attend SphinxConnect2019 for FREE.

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National Guild for Community Arts Education

Collaborating with ESUSA in the Creative Youth Development movement, ESUSA leadership serve on the steering committees of the ALANNA and White Allies networks.

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Sistema Global

We work collaboratively with Sistema Global to promote the movement of #MusicForSocialChange. Sistema Global’s mission is to connect, encourage, and inspire El Sistema teachers and leaders worldwide.

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Funda Musical de Venezuela

ESUSA supports the national youth and children’s orchestras of Venezuela, and founder Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu.

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In February 2009, Dr. Abreu was honored with the TED Prize. This carried a $100,000 cash award along with the opportunity to make One Wish to Change the World.” Abreu asked the influential business leaders and thinkers present at the awards presentation to support the training of 50 young leaders “passionate about their art and social change” who could launch and direct nucleos (community-based music centers) in the U.S. and abroad.  And the El Sistema USA movement was born.

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Sistema Fellows Program, New England Conservatory

With Dr. Abreu’s TED winnings, 50 Sistema Fellows received training at NEC, and many of them are now developing El Sistema–inspired programs throughout the United States and in other countries.

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Longy School of Music

El Sistema USA and the Longy School of Music of Bard College MAT Program collaborated on a five-part series on student learning and youth engagement for the summer: Sistema-inspired programming online. ESUSA Board Member and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at the Longy School of Music of Bard College Monique Van Willingh facilitated seven connected online conversations, which can be experienced individually or as a series. Kicking off the series as guests will be the Miami Music Project, sharing Miami Music Project Connect, their online classroom platform for school-year and summer programming. Additional guests to be confirmed.

LA Phil and YOLA National

YOLA National and El Sistema USA recently teamed up to share a four-part conversation series, including deep-dives into best practices for online music learning, online concerts and collective recordings, how to support public school partners through summer programming, preparing for fall, and an open-forum conversation for anyone inspired by the field of El Sistema, facilitated by Members of El Sistema USA.

Partner Resources for Members

El Sistema USA offers several resources for Members through industry partnerships with organizations around the country. Below is a list of those resources with links to access those benefits.

, El Sistema USAEl Sistema USA and Conn Selmer, Inc. have established the terms of a new partnership set to launch in the Fall of 2019.

At the core of the partnership is a Special Partnership Program for all El Sistema USA Members. The partnership will allow members to purchase Conn-Selmer string and band instruments at a special El Sistema USA Partnership price through their local school music dealer.

Members will also be granted free access to Conn Selmer’s cloud-based Instrument Inventory Management system, software, a solution used by thousands of schools and districts around the country. This investment by Conn Selmer, Inc. and their Division of Education is coupled with great excitement for the El Sistema movement in the U.S.

, El Sistema USA El Sistema USA is thrilled to partner with The Canales Project to provide El Sistema USA Member Organizations arrangements of “Hear Our Song”, the theme song of The Canales Project’s Hear Her Song initiative, composed by Katy Pfaffl arranged specifically for El Sistema-inspired programs by Joshua Cerdenia.

Hear Her Song is a musical celebration of women leaders with new songs inspired by their words. Since its inception in 2017, the initiative has commissioned forty songs from leading songwriters and composers worldwide, with honorees including Hillary Clinton, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Malala Yousafzai and composers including Emily Estefan, Shaina Taub and Georgia Stitt.

The Canales Project and El Sistema USA have worked to deliver arrangements that fit for a variety of ensembles.

Each of the arrangements below are available in “Beginner / Intermediate” as well as “Intermediate / Advanced”:

  • Arrangement for chorus (Soprano 1, Soprano II, Alto)
  • Arrangement for strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Cello, Double Bass)
  • Arrangement for wind and brass
  • Full arrangement for chorus, strings, wind and brass

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El Sistema USA is excited to announce that we have partnered with Noteflight to provide a Noteflight Learn site for El Sistema USA members to create and share music in a private online community.

All El Sistema USA Member Organizations are given one login to Noteflight as part of their membership which gives them access to a full-featured music notation editor, in collaboration with other El Sistema USA members, where you can easily share and copy music.


Noteflight, LLC is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and is dedicated to reinventing the way that people create, share, teach, buy and sell written music. Our product doesn’t merely improve on other music notation software: it lets written music take advantage of the full power of the web as we know it today. Noteflight is a powerful full-featured application to edit, display and play back music notation in a standard web browser, integrated in an online library of musical scores that anyone can publish, link to, or embed.

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