TAKE A STAND – a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Longy School of Music, and Bard College – is an innovative initiative that supports social change through music.
The inaugural TAKE A STAND Symposium takes place in Los Angeles, January 30 – February 1, 2012, during the LA Phil’s Mahler Project . The symposium will focus on driving forward the collective thinking of the El Sistema movement. Through inspiring speakers, interactive workshops, and global networking opportunities, attendees will gain compelling tools to turn inspiration into action.
Attendees will experience Gustavo Dudamel’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela working alongside YOLA children and will have access to leaders and teachers from El Sistema’s Caracas headquarters.
January 30 highlights:
• Experience the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and YOLA – Gustavo Dudamel’s signature El Sistema-inspired program at the LA Phil – in a joint rehearsal and concert
• Learn alongside NEC’s third class of Abreu Fellows as they present findings from a survey of U.S. núcleos
• Network with your region to explore connections and growth
January 31 highlights:
• Gain insights from international núcleo leaders and teachers on program implementation, including: building a teaching philosophy, hiring staff, and fundraising 101
• Preview Take a Stand’s new Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program
• Attend a performance of Mahler’s Seventh* by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall
*Tickets sold separately upon registration.
February 1 highlights:
• Hear from Take a Stand and El Sistema leaders, including Deborah Borda (President and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Leon Botstein (President, Bard College)
• Explore the art of teaching through the lens of El Sistema, including: the paper orchestra, percussion classes, and a recorder ensemble
• Make music with your peers during a repertoire reading session (don’t forget to bring your instrument or your voice!)
PLEASE NOTE: all conference activities will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, unless noted otherwise.
Stay tuned for a full agenda.
YOLA Ambassadors Program
Up to 25 music teachers will be accepted as YOLA Ambassadors to receive scholarships of up to $1,000 for symposium expenses. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.
Full Symposium Pass:
January 30, January 31, February 1 - $250
Single Day Rates:
January 30 - $100 (includes beverage and coffee service, reception, and access to all sessions)
January 31 - $100 (includes beverage and coffee service, continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and access to all sessions)
February 1 - $100 (includes beverage and coffee service, continental breakfast, and access to all sessions)
Call 213.972.0705 or email YOLA@laphil.org.
TAKE A STAND – a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Longy School of Music, 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.
Sophie Jefferies, 213.972.3422, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lisa White, 213.972.3408, email@example.com