Wednesday morning was spent at Caracas' Centro
Academico de Luthería, which is the main training school for El Sistema
luthiers. Housed in a vocational school, the workshop is run by El Sistema
luthiers who teach students between the ages of 14-26 how to build and repair
orchestral and traditional Venezuelan string instruments. Once the students are
certified--which takes an average of two years--they are then hired by El
Sistema to either work for one of its thirty existing instrument workshops, or
to start a new instrument workshop in an area of the country that doesn't yet
We got to talk to many of the luthiers and apprentices, who were extremely gracious in sharing their expertise with us. The highlight of the morning was when four of the luthiers performed for us, which resulted in an impromptu dance lesson for Monique and me (stay tuned for videos once Carlos gets his blog up and running!).
Continue reading about my experience in Venezuela on my personal blog.
Sistema Fellow ‘13