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Recap of the 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium & Seminario:

From January 31, 2020 – February 2, 2020, over 200 attendees from around the country joined with over 80 students for the 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium & Seminario in Durham, NC.

Over the course of three days, attendees attendees 20+ sessions that addressed the intersection of excellence and access in El Sistema-inspired programs. The  “El Sistema USA 101” Pre-Conference on Friday, January 31, 2020 featured sessions focused on principles of El Sistema, Finances, Evaluation, Partnerships, and, a Site-Visit to local El Sistema program, Kidznotes.

After two days of sessions and networking, the weekend closed with a final performance of 80 students from the Mid-Atlantic & Southeast region. Students rehearsed with Guest Clinicians, made connections with students from their region, and closed the concert with a performance of “Hear Our Song” – the arrangement of The Canales Project‘s theme song arranged specifically for El Sistema USA Member organizations.

      Participating programs included:

Raleigh, Durham, NC — Kidznotes

Burlington, NC — Young Musicians of Alamance

Charlotte, NC — Charlotte Symphony Orchestra & Arts+ “Project Harmony”

Winston Salem, NC — Winston Salem Symphony’s Piedmont Learning Academy for Youth (PLAY)

Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids

Newport News, VA — Soundscapes

Henry County, GA — Henry For Music, Inc.

Thank You to Our 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium & Seminario Sponsors! 

Seminario Sponsor



Teaching Sponsor

Bonnie Reagan


Music Sponsor





Lucia Powe


Student Sponsor

Table Sponsor




Additional Supporters


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