Abreu Fellows Program
El Sistema USA launches Abreu Fellows Program
One-year postgrad program will train musicians in Boston, Venezuela
The Abreu Fellows Program at New England Conservatory, the first initiative of El Sistema USA, has launched a tuition-free postgraduate certificate program for young musicians interested in becoming ambassadors of El Sistema, the Venezuelan music-education program founded in 1976 by José Antonio Abreu. A new website, www.elsistemausa.org, gives detailed information on the one-year program, which initially will admit eighteen musicians, who will be housed at New England Conservatory and spend a year studying in Boston and Caracas. Musicians will receive guided internships in the second semester with public programs that serve youth at risk, followed by a required subsequent year working to advance or found an El Sistema program outside Venezuela. The website serves both as a portal to promote the Abreu Fellows and as a support and advocacy network for people and organizations interested in El Sistema work and creating El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States. The curriculum, teaching-training materials, and documentation of the program will be available free of charge at the website. Earlier this year, Abreu received a $100,000 TED Prize www.TEDPrize.org, which he used to help fund the program.
El Sistema USA Movie – There is Magic in the Music
Watch this short movie on the Abreu Fellowship Program - a one year postgraduate certificate program at the New England Conservatory offered for gifted musicians and educators interested in creating social change through music - and the organization El Sistema USA - a support and advocacy network for people and organizations inspired by Venezuela’s music education program, under the aegis of New England Conservatory.