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Katie Wyatt on Fostering a Community through Classical Music

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Jul 13, 2017

Katie Wyatt, executive director of El Sistema USA, was recently featured on WUNC North Carolina Public Radio discussing how she uses classical music to build community. The interview delves into Wyatt’s experiences studying viola and traveling across the globe to perform; learning about El Sistema while playing in Venezuela; founding Kidznotes to bring El Sistema to North Carolina; and serving as executive director of El Sistema USA, an organization to support programs like Kidznotes around the country.

Discussing her early experience with music, Wyatt notes that “The viola was really my ticket to meeting new people. For me playing in orchestra was always a social activity. I was always looking forward trying to gesture to my friends, or play into a phrase and catch their eye and laugh, or challenge them in some ways through the music. It was always about something much bigger than me and definitely about building relationships and having a great time.”

You can learn more and listen to the full interview here.

About El Sistema USA

El Sistema USA provides advocacy and support for people and organizations inspired by Venezuela's monumental music education program. Its diverse membership of more than 40 organizations across the United States represents programs that serve some of the most vulnerable communities and children throughout the country. The only national organization dedicated solely to growth of El Sistema inspired programs, ESUSA seeks to provide connections to knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for program directors, teaching artists, and volunteers.

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