El Sistema Summer Academy: Virtual Edition

July 27-August 7, 2020

Longy’s El Sistema Summer Academy is designed for students from El Sistema-inspired and community-based programs across the Greater Boston area and beyond. This program fosters friendships, enhances musical artistry, develops creative music-making skills, and promotes leadership. Year after year, we host Boston’s finest young musicians for two weeks of music immersion and inspiration. This year, we are adapting and offering the first-ever Virtual Edition!

Longy’s El Sistema Summer Academy: Virtual Edition

  • Focus on chamber music in small groups and one-on-one
  • Two levels of virtual orchestra, including a beginner string orchestra and an intermediate symphony orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion
  • Electives in music theory, music technology, yoga, and mindfulness
  • Small, outdoor, socially-distanced concerts (as permitted)
  • A chance to connect with familiar faces

*Upon receiving your registration information, you will be sent more details and payment options via e-mail.

Each year, over 100 youth musicians, master teachers, conservatory students, and staff gather for an unforgettable two weeks! With the talent and excitement growing throughout our community, this year’s unique Summer Academy: Virtual Edition promises to be an incredible music experience with opportunities to create lasting friendships and memories.

Registration for the Summer Academy is now open for 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Welsh by email (rwelsh@Longy.edu) or phone (617.831.1774).

Applications are due July 3.

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New Enrolling Musicians

Students should be able to perform the following with comfort and ease:
Violin – 2 octave G major scale
Viola/Cello – 2 octave C Major Scale
Solo level roughly equivalent to the completion of Suzuki Book 1.

All new* musicians will be required to submit a placement video with their online registration. Please consult with your site director if you need assistance. The video should be uploaded to google drive, dropbox, a private YouTube channel, or other method that enables the student to share their video via private URL, or uploaded directly. The total length should not exceed 5 minutes. Please upload a single video including the following:

  • The student should state their name and announce each selection before playing
  • A scale representative of the student’s skill (multiple octaves preferred)
  • A solo piece or excerpt that is representative of the student’s current skill. (an exercise, section of an ensemble piece, or other solo are all acceptable)

*Any student who has participated in Longy’s Sistema Side-by-Side or Summer Academy do not need to submit a placement video.

Space is limited and new students will be accepted as space permits.