El Sistema Conference: Sharing the Music
Last week, as part of a conference co-hosted with Longy school of music, guests from El Sistema programs around the country as well as New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows crowded into rehearsals to observe and learn from Conservatory Lab teachers and guest clinician Lorrie Heagy. Students made the guests feel welcome by sharing their space and inviting them to participate in some of their songs and activities. The week culminated with a “muestra,” a Venezuelan tradition of bringing guests to a few minutes of each class in the building so that they can see the progression of learning from the youngest to the oldest. Joy poured out of the music room as the more than 30 professional musicians joined Dudamel Orchestra for their final rehearsal of the week.