Founding Registration for the National Alliance Extended

Dear Friends,

After our last mailing, we heard from a few of you that your registration for the National Alliance is in process, but has been delayed due to Hurricane Sandy and/or other complications. You requested the National Alliance to extend the registration deadline for Founding Membership by at least a couple of weeks. We are therefore keeping the founding membership registration open until Sunday, November 18.

However, we need to remind you that only Founding Active Program Members in good standing will be permitted to vote to approve the By-laws of the new Alliance. This vote is expected to take place as soon as Founding Member Registration is closed. When the By-laws are approved, then only Active Program Members in good standing will be permitted to nominate members to the Board of Directors from their programs and vote in the board elections. Programs will have to be registered by the time of the board elections to hold a seat on the board. This nomination and election process is expected to take place within the next month and a half. Although dozens of programs and supporters have already joined The National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs, it needs the strongest board leaders possible to guide this powerful new collaboration, so please, if you have not already done so, join your colleagues and register soon.

Registration materials are available on this website and dues payments should not serve as a barrier to membership. If you are concerned about dues requirements or have any other questions about registration, please contact the Alliance Registrar, Ben Fuller, at


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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