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Creator of The System recognized by American Academy

Creator of The System recognized by American Academy

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on September 22, 2014

Two recognized universities, in the states of New York and Indiana, exalt the humanistic work of the maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela, which through the educational musical model he founded almost 40 years ago, has been able to benefit more than half a million children and young Venezuelans, and two million more worldwide.

With the honorable mention "Human Lyrics" this Saturday September 20th, the Longy School of Music of Bard College granted the Honoris Causa to the maestro José Antonio Abreu for his tireless dedication to the benefit of children and youth through free and collective musical education.

The keynote speech was given by the president of Bard College, Leon Botstein, who said: "For us it is a special honor to give this award to an exceptional human being, with an indescribable aura and humility. An inescapable person who does not discourage facing obstacles, and whose only mission, valuable like gold, is to help people, children, young people and communities. A leader who probably does not exist in modern times. "

The academic event was attended by a delegation from the Longy Conservatory Orchestra in Boston, and one of The System Side by Side, a program developed by the University of Bard College in Los Angeles. A delegation of 100 children from disadvantaged communities, the respective localities Americans, and a group was led by the young Venezuelan conductor Jorge Mota.

The Musical Foundation Simon Bolivar and the Longy School of Music of Bard College three years ago signed an agreement to create the Master of Music Education directed to social change, inspired by the Venezuelan model. Its main purpose is to promote the implementation of the system in the Anglo-Saxon country and also other countries.

As the next project, the two institutions will seal a new academic and cultural link that provides teacher training in Venezuela for college students and academic exchange of musicians from both nations.

The second acknowledgement for Abreu will be on Monday September 22nd, from the University of Notre Dame to recognize his high management and public action for the benefit of society. The event will take place on the campus, located in the state of Indiana.

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