El Sistema Summer Academy

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.

Highlights for Longy’s El Sistema Summer Academy:

  • 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, chamber music, and fun field trips
  • A chance to connect with young musicians from El Sistema-inspired and community-based programs all over the world

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 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 May 3rd.

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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.