I am a classically trained hornist and graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.
I'm interested in wide-ranging cultural, educational and community engagement arts issues and initiatives (think jazz fusion ensembles, Balkan Brass Bands, the arts and educational research group Project Zero, and the El Sistema movement).
I'm an El Sistema USA staff member, and am pleased to say that I am seeing newly formed El Sistema-inspired programs begin to blossom in communities across the country.
Come this fall I will be pursuing further studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where I will be building (with the help of caffeine) a foundation in arts based research and continuing my involvement in the growth and development of the El Sistema movement in the United States.
Product of El Sistema As Gustavo relays childhood memories of conducting an orchestra assembled from toys while growing up in the barrios of Barquisimeto, it is not difficult to realize the incredible opportunity afforded to [...]
Attention Brass Musicians! As you may have already noticed, we’ve recently added an Excerpt Library to the BrassMusician.com site. We’re excited to host orchestral excerpts from the trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba repertoire and are [...]
Beginning with just eleven children in a garage in Caracas, Jose Antonio Abreu’s passion for music and dedication to children and community service now engages hundreds of thousands of youth in over a hundred and [...]
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