El Sistema Summer Academy

July 29-August 9, 2019

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.

Highlights for Longy’s El Sistema Summer Academy:

  • Collective composition workshops with Dan Trahey, Artistic Director of OrchKids in Baltimore
  • Two levels of orchestra, including a beginner string orchestra and an intermediate symphony orchestra with strings, winds, brass, and percussion
  • Past performances were at Boston Children’s Museum, Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters, Longy’s Pickman Hall, and Harvard Square
  • Outdoor games and activities, choir, and fun field trips
  • A chance to connect with young musicians from El Sistema-inspired and community-based programs all over the world

Participation in the two-week El Sistema Summer Academy is only $200!

Out-of-state students are encouraged to apply and host families may be arranged depending on availability.

*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 Summer Academy promises to be an incredible music experience with opportunities to create lasting friendships and memories.

Registration for the Summer Academy is now closed for 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Welsh by email (rwelsh@Longy.edu) or phone (617.831.1774).

Applications are due May 3rd.

Placement Video Guidelines (for new students only)

All new students will need to submit a placement video to help the artistic directors place students into the appropriate ensemble. Students who have already participated in either the El Sistema Summer Academy or in any seasons of Longy’s Side-by-Side program do not need to submit a video.

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.