The National Take a Stand Festival (NTASF) is a seven-day orchestra festival which brings together young musicians from El Sistema-inspired programs nationwide, providing them with world-class music instruction and mentorship. The program, including travel and lodging, is free for all participants.
This program offers a model for excellence among El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, while creating a community of citizen musicians from populations which are historically underrepresented in professional orchestras. Since its inception in 2015, the NTASF has welcomed young musicians into classical music’s finest learning institutions and performance venues, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Bard College’s Fisher Center, and Aspen Music Festival’s Benedict Music Tent. The Festival was designed by a consortium of partners, including the LA Phil, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bard College, and Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar and with the cooperation of El Sistema USA.