Los Angeles Philharmonic’s National Take a Stand Festival

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced the creation of the National Take a Stand Festival, an initiative to create a unified national platform for El Sistema-inspired programs throughout the US.

The initiative will bring world-renowned conductors, guest artists and teachers to students in El Sistema programs around the country.

The National Take a Stand Festival is a three-year project, beginning in 2015 with a teacher training and pilot program. In 2016 the initiative will form two 5-day regional youth orchestra camps, to be held at Aspen and Bard College. The initiative culminates in a 7-day national youth orchestra camp in Los Angeles in 2017, with a final performance conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

A partnership of teachers and faculty from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Aspen Festival and School, and Venezuela’s FundaMusical will provide teachers for the regional camps. Robert Spano, Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the regional youth orchestras in 2016.

The purpose of the National Take a Stand initiative is to move the El Sistema movement in the US from independent organizations to a cohesive network of programs that share a philosophy, best practices, resources and vision.

For more information about this national initiative, read the LA Philharmonic’s press release.

About the author

Ann Drinan
Ann Drinan

Ann Drinan, Senior Editor, has been a member of the Hartford Symphony viola section for over 30 years. She is a former Chair of the Orchestra Committee, former member of the HSO Board, and has served on many HSO committees. She is also the Executive Director of CONCORA (CT Choral Artists), a professional chorus based in Hartford and New Britain, founded by Artistic Director Richard Coffey. Ann was a member of the Advisory Board of the Symphony Orchestra Institute (SOI), and was the HSO ROPA delegate for 14 years, serving as both Vice President and President of ROPA. In addition to playing the viola and running CONCORA, Ann is a professional writer and editor, and has worked as a consultant and technical writer for software companies in a wide variety of industries for over 3 decades. (She worked for the Yale Computer Science Department in the late 70s, and thus has been on the Internet, then called the DARPAnet, since 1977!) She is married to Algis Kaupas, a sound recordist, and lives a block from Long Island Sound in Branford CT. Together they create websites for musicians: shortbeachwebdesign.com.

Ann holds a BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MA in International Relations from Yale University.

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