The National Take a Stand Festival is an unprecedented initiative to create a unified national platform for El Sistema-inspired and aligned programs throughout the United States. The three-year project began with a teacher training and pilot program in 2015, continued with two regional youth orchestra camps in 2016, and will culminate in a 7-day national youth orchestra camp from July 15-22, 2017, featuring a final performance led by LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Students will not only have access to top artistic and educational resources, but experience some of the world’s finest learning institutions and concert venues. In addition to programming, travel, lodging, and food will be free for all selected students.
Applications for the July 2017 program are now closed. Students interested in referencing their applications can visit https://app.getacceptd.com/laphil.
|December 15, 2016||Audition requirements & excerpts available|
|January 9, 2017||Online application open|
|February 22, 2017||Online application closes|
|March 1, 2017||Deadline for recommendation from Program Director or Primary Music Teacher|
|March 22, 2017||Notification of acceptance|
|July 15 – 22, 2017||National Take A Stand Festival|
|July 22, 2017||Final Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall, led by LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel|
STUDENT APPLICATION MATERIALS
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Learn About The Locations
Aliso Viejo, CA
The seven day intensive will begin 50 miles south of Los Angeles at Soka University, nestled in the hills of Orange County. Students will stay in residence halls on the 100 acre campus and have access to the school’s state of the art Performing Arts Center for all programming.
Los Angeles, CA
The program will culminate with two days spent in Downtown Los Angeles and a public performance led by LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel at one of the world’s finest concerts venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
About the Teaching Faculty
A world-class faculty of master teaching artists will share their talents as musicians and mentors throughout the week-long festival. Be sure to check back here for an updated list of faculty as they are confirmed!
About The National Take A Stand Festival
The National Take a Stand Festival has featured two regional youth orchestra camps in 2016 at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado and Bard College in upstate New York. The Festival culminates 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 their home 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 experience some of the world’s finest learning institutions and concert venues.
Learn more about this project by reading the Press Release.
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.
Questions? Please email YOLA@LAPhil.org