National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs

Dear Friends,

The time is quickly coming for you to give final input into the shape, purpose, and implementation of the new National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs!  During the past two months, three committees have been busily working to draft the proposed By-laws, Ratification and Implementation (business) Plans for the Alliance.  These documents include everything from proposed membership categories, voting rights, board structure, to dues and staffing.  A huge amount of work has been done by about 20 very dedicated individuals from all over the country and we will soon be seeking your final advice on their proposals before we begin the official process of registering members, voting on the board, and opening the National Alliance.

During the next two weeks, the Planning Committees will be coordinating with each other to put the final touches on their documents.  These documents will then be sent out to the entire Working Group on or about August 9, 2012.  After you have received the documents, we ask that you read them carefully and discuss them with your colleagues.  We will then be hosting a series of national conference calls of the Working Group to discuss the contents of the by-laws and plans.  The schedule of these calls is:

  1. Tuesday, August 14 11:30am-1:00pm (EST)
  2. Wednesday, August 22 11:30am-1:00pm (EST)
  3. Wednesday, August 29 11:30am-1:00pm (EST)

Conference Dial-in Number: (760) 569-0111
Participant Access Code: 121767# 

It is also likely that we will be sending out survey requests from the Planning Committees on specific sections of the By-laws and Plans to be certain that we obtain the widest input possible and also that individuals who are not able to participate in all the calls still have the opportunity to provide input.

We ask that you please put aside the time necessary to review the By-laws, Ratification, and Implementation Plans and to participate in the calls in this final stage of review.  As has been said all along, the Alliance will only be as strong as the investment we all make in creating it and supporting it once it opens.  Countless hours have been invested by all of you getting the Alliance to this amazing juncture.  Please put your best ideas into this final stage of review so that we can be satisfied and proud of the new organization we create to strengthen our work and the impact of El Sistema on the nation’s neediest children.

Stan and Beth


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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