Launch of NAESIP

Dear National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs Members,

In November 2011, several leaders of El Sistema-inspired programs began a conversation about creating added value to our local efforts by working together to achieve shared goals. With the guidance of Beth Babcock and dedicated faith you all have shown in the planning phase, this Alliance is structured to achieve three primary goals: 1) to assist in the sustainability of existing initiatives by adding value to these programs; 2) to encourage and nurture new programs; 3) to garner support for El Sistema inspired programs nationally.

I am humbled that our colleagues have elected me as Chair of the Board and I look forward to building relationships with each one of you. On the Executive Committee of the Board, I am joined by Richard Mukamal from Crescendo Detroit as Vice-Chair, Rey Ramirez from Soundscapes in Newport News, VA as Treasurer, Aurelia Rocha from the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio as Clerk, and Mark Churchill as a Member. We are supported by a fine group of leaders who consist of the remainder of the Board: Eric Barth of the Kalamazoo Symphony’s Kids In Tune, Laura Jekel of MYCincinatti, Camille Kolles formerly of the Carmel Bach Festival and current consultant, Albert Oppenheimer of the Peoples Music School’s YOURS Project, Anna Pietraszko of the Miami Music Project, Delia Raab-Snyder of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s Tune Up Philly, Mark Sarich of Orchestra Diversity; El Sistema St. Louis, and Patrick Slevin of Austin Soundwaves.

We will have an involved process to fully launch the Alliance and we are working as quickly as possible to build upon the great work of the planning committees. By the end of this month, you can look forward to the following:

  • Contact from your regional representative to help facilitate your communication to the Board
  • Completion of our incorporation process
  • Preparation to file an application for non-profit status
  • Each Member will receive a confirmation of membership once their dues (if applicable) have been transferred and/or deposited into our bank account.
  • A detailed plan of our first strategic steps based upon the priorities discussed in planning and needs addressed by our board.

I look forward staying in contact with all of you over the coming weeks as the work of the Alliance takes shape.

Warmly,
Stanford Thompson, Chair
National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs
sthompson@elsistemaalliance.org
http://www.elsistemaalliance.org

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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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