A Vision for Sonoma:

the community development possibilities of El Sistema

Monday, Dec. 9th 2013 at 6pm

The Sebastiani Theatre, 476 1st St E, Sonoma, CA

Internationally acclaimed arts education leader Eric Booth to speak at Sebastiani Theater

"one of the 50 most important U.S. arts leaders"

"one of America's most creative teachers, and best teachers of creativity"

"an essential leader in the U.S./world El Sistema movement"


An exciting night to include:

  • an introduction to El Sistema, the world-renowned social development and orchestral program of Venezuela
  • a presentation and speech by Eric Booth on a vision for Sonoma and the potential of El Sistema in our community
  • a brief performance by the Valley Vibes Orchestras, an El Sistema program at El Verano Elementary


All are invited! Suggested minimum donation of $5 at the door.

Join us the following day to hear Eric Booth speak on motivation and creative learning

Tuesday, Dec. 10th 2013 at 6pm

The Presentation School, 20872 Broadway, Sonoma, CA

Please join us for an inspiring conversation that will provide insights into motivation and creative learning. Eric Booth will offer his perspective on learning environments that promote curiosity, how to nurture creative engagement, and what we can learn from arts education about fostering intrinsic motivation.


Space is limited, please reserve your seat in advance. For more information and to register, please go to http://www.ericbooth.eventbrite.com


Eric Booth

As an actor, Eric Booth performed in many plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway and around the country, playing over 23 Shakespearean roles (Hamlet three times), and winning “Best Actor” awards on both coasts.


As a businessman, he started a small company, Alert Publishing, that in seven years became the largest of its kind in the U.S. analyzing research on trends in American lifestyles and publishing newsletters, books, and reports. He appeared as an expert on NBC News, Sunday Today, and several times on CNN.


As an author, he has had five books published. He has written three dozen magazine articles, was the Founding Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal, and his latest book The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible was published by Oxford University Press in 2009.


In arts learning, he has taught at Juilliard (13 years), Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute (for 25 years), and The Kennedy Center (13 years). He serves as a consultant for many organizations, cities, states and businesses around the country, including six of the ten largest orchestras in America, and five national service organizations. Formerly the Director of the Teacher Center of the Leonard Bernstein Center, he is a frequent keynote speaker on the arts to groups of all kinds. He delivered the closing keynote speech to UNESCO’s first ever worldwide arts education conference (Lisbon 2006), and gave the keynote speech to the first world conference on orchestras' connections to communities (Glasgow 2007). He is a senior advisor to the movement developing of El Sistema-inspired sites around the U.S.


Valley Vibes Orchestras and El Sistema

Valley Vibes Orchestras (ViVO) enacts social transformation through community orchestra education by expanding access to musical opportunity, empowering youth, and unifying people in common pursuit of artistic, personal, and community excellence.


ViVO is an after school youth development initiative that features intensive, long-term music training. A program of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, ViVO launched its first orchestral hub at El Verano Elementary in February 2013.


ViVO is inspired by the world-renowned "El Sistema" music network of Venezuela, which engages hundreds of thousands of underserved youth each year through intensive orchestra programs. El Sistema was founded in 1975 by Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu and exists primarily as a social development program. It is estimated that over two million children have participated in El Sistema since its founding. In recent years, it has caught the world on fire with Gustavo Dudamel, the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, and a mission of social change, inspiring similar orchestra music education programs all over the globe, with more than 50 programs in the US currently a part of the El Sistema movement.