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.


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

We are very excited to announce our 2016/17 Side by Side 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

2016-17 Side by Side Schedules:
String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble - 8:45am to 11:30pm
8:45am - Arrival
9:00am - Sectionals - (with optional peer mentoring opportunities from Symphony Orchestra musicians*)
10:00am - Sectionals/Team Building
10:30am - Full Orchestra/Large Sectionals
11:30pm - Dismissal

Symphony Orchestra - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
12:30pm - Arrival
12:45pm - Sectionals
2:45pm - Full Orchestra/Large Sectional
4:00pm - Dismissal

2016-17 Season Dates:
*Students must be able to participate in all dates for the entire season.
All rehearsals will take place at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA.

Seminario 2:
1/28 - Rehearsal
2/4 - Rehearsal
2/11 - Concert Day. No Morning Rehearsal.
Arrival for ALL musicians is 3:45 pm at First Church Cambridge
11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Seminario 3:
2/18 - Regular Rehearsal
3/4 - Regular Rehearsal
3/11 - Regular Rehearsal
3/12 (Sunday) - Special Rehearsal - All musicians arrive at 8:45 am.
String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble dismisses at 11:30, per usual.
Symphony Orchestra stays until 4 pm.

3/13 - (Monday) Gala Concert
Arrival for ALL is 3:30 pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard

Watch the Longy Side by Side video