The Future Of Classical Music Is In Venezuela

The final installment will examine the remaining question regarding whether or not the Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestras Juveniles e Infantiles (Foundation of the State for the National System of the Orchestras Youth and Children) program, commonly referred to FESNOJIV, could be successful if implemented outside of Venezuela. This final question is of particular interest to Boston’s New England Conservatory, who helped sponsor their Youth Philharmonic Orchestra tour through Venezuela and Brazil. At the conclusion of Part 3, the small ensembles of the Sinfonica de la Juventud … Continue Reading

The Future Of Classical Music Is In Venezuela

This installment will examine one of the two remaining questions regarding the astonishing Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestras Juveniles e Infantiles (Foundation of the State for the National System of the Orchestras Youth and Children) program which is commonly referred to in Venezuela as FESNOJIV. Part 1 introduced the program while Part 2 examined how the FESNOJIV began 30 years ago and how far it’s evolved since that time. Although I had come to understand that the FESNOJIV program has accomplished an immeasurable amount of social good … Continue Reading

The Future Of Classical Music Is In Venezuela

To reiterate where things left off in Part 1, I recently had an opportunity to examine the Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestras Juveniles e Infantiles (Foundation of the State for the National System of the Orchestras Youth and Children), which is commonly referred to in Venezuela as FESNOJIV. After my first day’s interaction with some of the musicians and a few of the program’s leaders, I had the following questions: How has this seemingly amazing program developed the way it has over the past 30 years and … Continue Reading

The Future Of Classical Music Is In Venezuela

If you could create a culture of classical music from scratch, how would you do it? That’s precisely the sort of question Venezuelan José Antonio Abreu asked himself 30 years ago when he began his classical music course which would evolve into what is now the Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestras Juveniles e Infantiles (Foundation of the State for the National System of the Orchestras Youth and Children), which is commonly referred to in Venezuela as FESNOJIV or El Sistema. Back in 1975 Abreu may not have … Continue Reading

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