Sistema Fellows Program is a year-long competitive professional development
opportunity for future leaders to both increase knowledge and resources, and to
contribute to the growing field of El Sistema-inspired activities in the US and
Class of 2013; photo by Andrew Hurlbut
This year’s Program is a conglomeration of a think tank environment, skill building seminars, and fieldwork, including self-designed exploration of youth arts programs through short-term residencies, a group project designed to contribute to the El Sistema-inspired field as a whole, and finally, one month in Venezuela where the El Sistema movement began in 1975.
Each Fellow brings to the Program a personal agenda as to what he/she hopes to learn during the year and will thus spend his/her time outside of planned activities differently. However, the group follows a curriculum that samples nonprofit management and strategy, leadership, philosophy of El Sistema, as well as other relevant areas such as finance, fundraising, program evaluation, and public speaking.
The daily schedule is full of different learning experiences, ranging from seminars, site visits, and guest speakers. It is difficult to define a typical day in the life of a Fellow, as the schedule is often flexible and continues to evolve as opportunities present themselves. Regardless of location and day, there are two constants: networking and discussion, two of the most significant advantages of such a program, according to many former Fellows.
Successful candidates will have a passion for making music accessible to all children, regardless of background, and in doing so, fortifying underserved communities by providing safe, nurturing, and intensive music education programming. Teaching experience, classroom management, and Spanish proficiency are useful skills. An undergraduate degree is required.
Applications for the Class of 2014 are due February 8. You can find all of the information on NEC's website.
Sistema Fellow ‘13