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A Transformational Journey: a Youth Orchestra Travels to South America and Comes Back Changed Forever

Sep 30, 2017 12:50:03 AM / by Benjamin Zander posted in Video, Shaping Future Leaders through Music, Assignments, White Sheets, Tour, BPYO, Dear Mr. Zander, Audio, Franck, Peru, Argentina, Elmer Churampi, Elgar, Hindemith, Lima, Possibility, Benjamin Zander, Buenos Aires, Concerts, south america, Montevideo, Uruguay, Tour 2017, Buenos Aires concert, Centro Cultural Kirchner, Mark Churchill, Classical Music, Richard Dyer, Art of Possibility

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Zander has lead 22 youth orchestra tours, but the most recent tour with BPYO to South America has left a different and deep impression. Read to learn why!
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Assignment: The Power of a Child

Nov 2, 2015 5:00:00 PM / by Benjamin Zander posted in Shaping Future Leaders through Music, Assignments, White Sheets

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To dramatize this assignment, I told the orchestra the story of the great cellist Jaqueline Du Pré, who, at the age of five, entered her first competition. She was seen running gleefully down a corridor with her cello held high, like a banner. The parent of another child, seeing the broad grin on Jackie’s face, said: “Well, I can see that you have already played”. “No!” Jackie flashed back, “I am just about to!”
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Assignment: Lighten Up

Nov 2, 2015 5:00:00 PM / by Benjamin Zander posted in Shaping Future Leaders through Music, Assignments, White Sheets

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Emily used the first assignment to resolve a difficult situation concerning a perennial issue for musicians playing in orchestras – namely her seat assignment, and thereby, came up with an insight that could be useful for everybody:
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Assignment: Take Three Giant Steps

Nov 2, 2015 5:00:00 PM / by Benjamin Zander posted in Shaping Future Leaders through Music, Assignments, White Sheets

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For this assignment I asked the members to report back about their steps, so I was inundated. It was hard to choose from the vast number of written responses to this assignment. One day I will put their responses in a book!
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