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For those who want to learn more about leading orchestra and choir the second El Sistema Academy take place at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, 26-28 January 2018. Here is a presentation of the content and a link to notification. Welcome!

With the world famous conductor Gustavo Dudamel as one of the initiators, the foundation of El Sistema in Sweden was formed in 2012 with the aim of bringing together and spreading El Sistema. So far, nearby 10,000 children and young people and their families are introduced to Swedish culture and society through El Sistema. 42 cultural schools have implemented the methodology which also involves collaborations with professional orchestras and choirs and universities /colleges. The foundation of El Sistema in Sweden offers continuous education to music teachers in culture schools, schools and pre-schools who want to learn more about El Sistema. In close cooperation with teachers from Venezuela, the country that started the El Sistema-movement in 1975, El Sistema Academy offers international expertise and the workshops are held in English. NEW for this second year is that we offer two levels:

Step 1 for you who want to learn the basics of El Sistemas methods.

Step 2 for you who want to deepen your experiences.

Here we present the main teachers in the three programs: Orchestra, Choir and Paper Orchestra.


Ron Davis Alvarez is a violinist and artistic leader of El Sistema Sweden. Raised in one of Caracas many favelos, he was introduced to El Sistema as a young boy and has since then been working for El Sistema as a teacher. At 31 he has already spread his knowledge in a large number of countries. The last two years he has worked in Sweden where El Sistema’s methods and, in particular, Dream Orchestra, the orchestra for unaccompanied refugees, have inspired many other countries. In El Sistema Academy, Ron will show you how to create fun of joy and pursuit, and how to plan a functional and stimulating repertoire for both the beginner and the more experienced orchestra musician. Luis Castro is a hornist and orchestra leader, also from Venezuela. Luis Castro has developed learning processes adapted to students’ different levels and life situations. Through his work he contributes to the development of a new generation of hornists in Venezuela’s largest and most successful orchestras. With Ron Davis Alvarez and Luis Castro, the Academy offers qualified orchestral leadership for both strings and winds.


Birgitta Mannerström-Molin was named Child and Youth choir-leader of the Year in Sweden in 2016 and has many years of experience in versatile work for children and young people’s ability to develop their voice and their musicality. She is engaged in extensive driving activities for children and young people in the church of Sweden and is engaged in various contexts at the national level, for example, to preserve the children’s song in school. Birgitta Mannerström-Molin has also been involved in the construction of El Sistema in Sweden since the start in Hammarkullen. She has also led the choir in the annual international music camp Side by Side by El Sistema in Gothenburg. In El Sistema Academy, Birgitta will provide us with advices and tools to work on awakening of singing and developing the singing voice in children from seven years of age. Through practical methodology with vocals and tunes, exercises, movement, play and repertoire, we focus on the possibilities of the children’s voice. With the help of composer Anna Cederberg-Orreteg, we also get an insight into compositional for children.

Paper Orchestra:

Josbel Puche, founder of Venezuela’s pre-school methodology, ”paper-orchestra” attends Sweden and the Academy for the second time. This track, for those working in kindergarten, provides knowledge of how to make music with each other using custom-built paper instruments. Josbel Puche, who started the ”paper orchestral” in the nucleo La Rinconada, one of the first music schools in El Sistema for preschool children in Venezuela, because real instruments were not available at that time, realized early that the self-crafted instruments were an educational tool to gather the children, and a first step in forming an orchestra together. Here the children learn to keep the instruments right, build music together through singing and movement and learn by playful practice the procedures and norms that apply to orchestral repetition. In this program, Lina Molander and Teresa Hedborg also share their experiences of El Sistema in the preschool of Sweden. Lina and Teresa are both music teachers in El Sistema in Hammarkullen where the first El Sistema program in Sweden started in 2010.

Details for El Sistema Academy 2018:

Time: January 26 at 1 pm – January 28 at 12.30 Registration will take place from 12 on Friday 26th.

Place: The Royal College of Music. Address: Valhallavägen 105, 115 51, Stockholm, Sweden.

Cost: 3,000 SEK + VAT. Note: Additional costs for food and accommodation. Shared meals are available as an option in the notification.

Hotel: Participants are offered standard rooms at hotel Scandic Park:

Single room: 1050 SEK/night, Double room: 1150 SEK/night (including breakfast and VAT).

There are 50 rooms reserved for 26-28/1-2018 for El Sistema Academy. To make a reservation: call +46 8 51751700 or e-mail: Code: 813STI260118. Bookingnumber: 46417965. Please note that the offer is limited, so if you want to stay at this recommended hotel – don´t wait with your reservation! After the 29th of December 2017 the offer is subject to availability. The rooms are payed on arrival and can be cancelled until 6 pm on arrival day.

Notification: Your notification must be registered by December 15 to ensure that you can join at the above price. In the link below you can make your personal choices for the Academy 2018:

Link to notification 

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