Sistema Side by Side

Longy’s innovative music initiative brings together students from El Sistema-inspired music programs across Massachusetts and musicians from the Longy Conservatory Orchestra for a series of intensive rehearsals and performances featuring nationally renowned guest artists and conductors.

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Side by Side student participants receive: 

  • Top-quality orchestral training led by internationally recognized Sistema Side by Side faculty, combined with private and small-group instruction from Longy Conservatory Orchestra musicians. 
  • Opportunities to build meaningful connections with youth El Sistema-inspired musicians from across Massachusetts. 
  • Performance experience in celebrated concert venues, including Harvard’s Sanders Theatre and the Fisher Center of Bard College. 

2016/17 Season

New this year, we are launching three ensembles - advanced Symphony Orchestra, intermediate String Orchestra, and intermediate Wind Ensemble.

Symphony Orchestra (String, Wind, Brass and Percussion students with 4-8 years of experience)
String Orchestra (String students with 1-3 years of experience)
Wind Ensemble (Wind and Brass students with 1-3 years of experience)

To represent your area El Sistema-inspired program and join our growing community of Sistema-inspired musicians, please complete the online registration below. Ensemble assignments will be determined based on the level of each student and the need of each ensemble.

Online Registration Form

Watch the Longy Side by Side video