Author Archives: Stanford Thompson

About Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly and Founding Board Chairman of El Sistema USA, bringing music education to students in underserved areas throughout Philadelphia and beyond. Recognized as a TED Fellow in 2017, Stanford believes that music education is a powerful tool for positive personal and community change. Mr. Thompson serves on the faculties of the Global Leaders Program, SAAVY Arts Venture, and Dean of the Sphinx LEAD program while regularly lecturing at major Universities and Conservatories about leadership, entrepreneurship and social justice. As a consultant, he has guided the development of dozens of El Sistema-inspired programs across the United States and collaborated with major orchestras and arts organizations to develop new strategies and initiatives that helps provide equitable access to the arts. As a professional trumpeter, Stanford has performed as soloist and section member with major orchestras around the world and continues to perform chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and hold degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program.

National Forum: Follow-Up and Discussion

Dear Friends, The National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs (NAESIP) helped to convene a group of US El Sistema organizations and individuals to meet when the Executive Director of Fundamusical Simón Bolívar (El Sistema), Eduardo Mendez, offered to travel … Continue reading

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National El Sistema Forum

As you know the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs was launched a few months ago, and we’re working very hard on the startup process. We’re very excited about the potential of the NAESIP to effectively serve the El Sistema movement in … Continue reading

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National Alliance Update

Dear National Alliance Members, Last month we wrote to you as we were knee-deep in our strategic planning process and board development. Our eyes were a little bit bigger than the task of prioritizing the services and information which would … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Board Nomination Process Now Open

The time has come to begin nominating talented individuals to stand for election to the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs. Between now and January 25, the National Alliance will accept nominations by Active … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Guiding Documents for the new Associaiton

The proposed by-laws, ratification plans, and implementation plans can be downloaded below. These documents were compiled by Beth Babcock from various volunteer committees over the spring and summer of 2012. Ratification Plan Implementation Plan By-laws of the National Alliance of … Continue reading

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