National Take a Stand Festival
Renaissance Institute of Music is proud to have participated in the 2015 Take a Stand Symposium in Los Angeles in October.
As an El Sistema-inspired program, we are committed to promoting the growth and development of community members through the study, practice and performance of music through charitable and educational activities.
The National Take a Stand Festival is a three-year project that began in 2015 with the creation of an International Teaching Faculty, who will serve as master teachers at two regional youth orchestra camps in 2016, culminating in a 7-day national youth orchestra camp in 2017, featuring a final performance led by LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Throughout this project, world-renowned conductors, guest artists, and master teachers will bring their artistry and mentorship to students from communities across the United States who have been learning in El Sistema-inspired programs. By offering young people the opportunity to learn from exceptional musicians, become ambassadors of their programs, and – for many – travel out of state for the first time, the project aims to develop a model for excellence and a national community of citizen musicians from historically excluded populations in the United States. Students will not only have access to top artistic and educational resources, but will experience some of the world’s finest learning institutions and concert venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Bard College’s Fisher Center, and Aspen Music Festival’s Benedict Music Tent.
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Aspen Music Festival and School
June 24-29, 2016
The first gathering of students from El Sistema-inspired programs from the western states, these days will culminate with a concert in the Benedict Music Tent conducted by Robert Spano, Music Director of both the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
August 16-20, 2016
The first gathering of students from El Sistema-inspired programs from the eastern states, these days will culminate with a concert in the Fisher Center conducted by Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra.
Take a Stand – a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College – is an innovative initiative that supports social change through music. Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s revolutionary music education program, Take a Stand supports the field through national conferences and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program.