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An orchestra: an instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. 

The Abreu Fellows have contributed an article to The Ensemble, a newsletter for the U.S. El Sistema movement. The monthly newsletter is published by Eric Booth and edited by Tricia Tunstall. Tricia’s new book, Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music, is now available worldwide.

Read the article and download the full January edition here. As per Eric Booth's request, please send it on to others who might be interested—to friends and colleagues, to teachers, to families, to students. In addition to sending it to people electronically, why not print some copies and distribute them?—to let people know each program is connected to a lively national movement. Request a free subscription.

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First National Survey, by Abreu Fellows
By Stephanie Lin Hsu and Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada
“Now we can say it for sure: the El Sistema movement in the U.S. is blossoming in a profusion of ways, to realize its common goal of re-imagining music as a catalyst for social transformation. This fall, the third class of Abreu Fellows at the New England Conservatory embarked on the first nationwide data-gathering project with El Sistema-inspired programs across the country. In collaboration with the L.A. Philharmonic, Longy School of Music, and Bard College, the Fellows interviewed over forty program leaders about the specifics of their programs.”

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