Exchange, documentation, methodological construction and dissemination of
scientific knowledge about the practices and experiences of El Sistema and the
programs inspired by the Institution
Alix Sarrouy, Portugal.
Institute of Ethnomusicology Craftsmanship of Music Education: between method, guataca and evaluation.
Present and discuss his new book based on the work on El Sistema, at the nucleus
of Santa Rosa de Agua-Maracaibo. Comment on the other programs inspired by El Sistema that he has studied: Geração Orchestra; Neojiba; El Sistema Greece; Orchestra of Dreams.
Francisco Javier Romero, Europa, España.
Universidad de Alicante
Francisco Javier Romero Naranjo holds a PhD from the Alexander von Humboldt University of Berlin, a Master's degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from the European University of Madrid and a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland (USA). He is currently a tenured professor at the University of Alicante and coordinator of the Department of Didactics of Musical Expression.
Eric Booth, Europa, England.
In 2015, Eric Booth was honored with the highest award in arts education (Americans for the Arts, Arts Education Leadership Award), and was named one of the 50 most influential people in the arts in the United States.
He began as a successful Broadway actor, and became a businessman (in 7 years, his company became the largest of its kind in the USA). He is the author of eight books and some 35 published articles – his most recent book Making Change:
Teaching Artists and Their Role in Shaping a Better World has been widely received
as a tool for building the global field and will soon be released in Spanish.
Franka Verhagen, Europa, Suecia.
After graduating from the Conservatory of Maastricht in 1985, I found myself at the
beginning of a permanent lifelong journey of learning and research. In Venezuela,
where I lived and worked for 33 years, I received many opportunities and gained
In addition to my activities as an artist, I was a professor at the National Experimental University of the Arts (Unearte), in Caracas, for 23 years (1987-2010), where I was in charge of the Guitar Chair and the Ear Training Chair.
Mayra León, Venezuela.
Director of the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music and of the Research and Documentation Center of El Sistema.
Musician, University Professor. Doctor in Education, Master in Arts, mention in
Aesthetics and Professor in Music Education. Mandolinist, Director of Choirs and Orchestras. She started conducting childrens choirs in El Sistema with Maestra Irina Capriles in the nucleus of La Rinconada with the children singers of Caracas (niños cantores de Caracas), later she develops her pedagogical work and conduction of orchestras of initiation of children and youth in the nucleus of San Agustin, Guarenas and in the Montalban’s Child Academic Center. She is also part of groups such asCantoría Alberto Grau, Musicam Sacra, Orfeón Juan Bautista Plaza, Multifonía with Maestro Iván Adler, participating in different events, operas, symphonic-choral and orchestral productions with national and international masters.