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"All of the components of the symposium were completely integrated with the thought process of running an El Sistema-inspired program. I walked away with so much pride and knowledge about an amazing national movement that I am so grateful to be a part of."
– Symposium Attendee
From January 30 through February 1, 2012, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College hosted the inaugural Take a Stand Symposium. The conference – which took place during the LA Phil's Mahler Project – drew over 300 music and social change advocates from 27 states and 13 countries and featured three jam-packed days of inspiring speakers, interactive workshops, and global networking opportunities. Highlights included a special neighborhood concert featuring the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in a joint performance with YOLA; a presentation by this year's class of Fellows @ NEC; and conversations with teachers and staff from Venezuela, including a surprise keynote address from Maestro José Antonio Abreu, the legendary founder of El Sistema.
Materials & Content Notes
- Symposium Program
- Symposium Speaker Biographies
- Symposium Session Notes
- YOLA Brochure
- YOLA Ambassadors Program Articles
- BardMAT Flyer
- League 360 (El Sistema Discussion Group)
Interested in learning more? Email YOLA@laphil.org. For tips and guides on starting your own El Sistema-inspired program, you can also visit our YOLA Resource Library. To learn more about Take a Stand, visit www.take-a-stand.org.
Symposium Photo Gallery
Photos from various Take a Stand 2012 Symposium sessions, including the Neighborhood Concert with SBSOV and YOLA.
Missed this year's Symposium? Catch the highlights from the inspiring three-day event.
The legendary founder of El Sistema, José Antonio Abreu, addresses Symposium attendees.
Eduardo Méndez and Rodrigo Guerrero of Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar offer key insights into El Sistema's philosophy.
Noted author Eric Liu shares his experience interviewing and writing about inspiring teachers and mentors.
Bard College President Leon Botstein discusses the historical view of music education in this country.
Take a Stand – a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and 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.