December 23 Message

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your energy and time on our previous call on December 7th. I believe we had a very productive talk and again unanimously voted to continue the conversation and begin laying the foundation to come up with guiding principles and documents. Beth has taken more time to develop a step-by-step list of what we need to accomplish in the next conference calls and she has agreed to help facilitate those talks.

I’ve built a simple WordPress website which will keep us focused on the task at hand and host all of the documents and minutes from the meetings. You can quickly add your comments to anything in case you can’t be on the calls. All minutes will be posted within 48 hours of each call.

I urge you all to review the website closely – especially the “next steps” which Beth has suggested. These are not set in stone! Feel free to add comments/suggestions at the bottom of the page. You’ll also find minutes from the last meeting, conference call dates/times, and theconference call line.

Please let me know if you have any questions and please share this e-mail and website with others to participate.


About Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Executive Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! and the Chairman of El Sistema USA. He also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum, and as Chairman of The Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Network. He regularly contributes to the communities of TED, League of American Orchestras, and El Sistema-inspired initiatives around the world. For El Sistema inspired programs he has implemented, Stanford has secured over $8.5 million in funding which has impacted the lives of hundreds of children in Philadelphia. Trained as a professional trumpeter, Mr. Thompson has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C and recorded on the Ondine label with Christoph Eschenbach. Stanford also appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the North Springs Philharmonic. He has lead residencies with Philos Brass in Milford, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia where they performed recitals and outreach presentations, presented master classes, and conducted clinics. In the jazz idiom, Stan has performed for the Berks Jazz Festival, performed on the Washington College Concert Series and presented for the opening gala of the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.
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