Sunday, 5 January 2014

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #18

Wishing you all a very Happy, Successful, Prosperous and Musical New Year!



Submissions for the conference are currently being blind reviewed with a deadline of January 17th for reviewers to respond. The organising committee hopes to have notified all authors by the end of February. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the conference and catching up on news and plans regarding the ISME Sistema SIG.


Please can you continue to let me have your views on

·         the usefulness of these news updates;

·         how you wish the ISME Sistema SIG to develop over the coming months and years;

·         whether you would like to become more involved in developments for the ISME Sistema SIG.


And, of course, please continue to share your information with me and colleagues. Thank you.



Sistema England's November Ensemble is available here


Sistema England is currently leading on two projects – one which involves research spotlighting effective practice in Sistema-inspired programmes in England; and a second, part-funded by the European Union's culture programme, involving children and professionals from Europe and Canada in a joint project, again involving research and professional development as well as young people performing together.


North America

The December issue of The Ensemble is available here and thanks to Eric Booth for bringing the following to our attention:


2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition        Now Open for Entries!

The Kennedy Center invites musicians with a disability, ages 14 to 25, to enter the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The competition is open to international and domestic musicians, soloists and ensembles of two to five members, and musicians of all genres.


Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians with a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and around the world, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  Application Deadline: January 27, 2014  Submission guidelines, application, and more information available at:


Thanks, too to Eric for this link with some fantastic work by young people with Special Needs: the link was taken by one of the Sistema Fellows in Venezuela. It is all well worth the 7 minutes it takes to watch, but if you only have a couple of minutes tune in to 3'22" to 5'50"


The January 2014 edition of The Ensemble is now also available here where there is an interesting discussion on repertoire and copyright. Sistema England is also considering how to address this issue (see (Sorry, music here is only available to the English projects who are part of the Sistema England network at present).



A National Sistema Network in Canada – feasibility study and strategic plan phase 2 is available here


Sistema Europe

Well worth 8 minutes of watching this First Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra video clip with thanks to Bruno Campo for pulling it together.



Defining, dividing lines is a recent contribution by Jonathan Govias which is well worth a read as we all grapple with the practical and philosophical challenges of implementing Sistema-inspired programmes around the world.



Richard J Hallam MBE

Chair ISME Sistema SIG 2012/2014

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