Youth Orchestras Modeling Change

Building character, values and opportunities through musical excellence

Stanford Thompson. Photo by Bret Hartman
Sarah Alexander OBE. Photo by Jason Alden
Juan Andrés Rojas Castillo
Stanford Thompson. Photo by Bret Hartman. Sarah Alexander OBE. Photo by Jason Alden. And Juan Andrés Rojas Castillo


Session 14

Chaired by Stanford Thompson (USA), founder & executive director, Play On Philly

with Sarah Alexander OBE (UK), chief executive & creative director, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain;
Juan Andrés Rojas Castillo (Colombia), executive director Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Fundación Bolívar Davivienda

The next generation of classical musicians will need to develop the values that embody both performance and moral character in order to achieve human excellence in all aspects of their lives on and off stage. The performance character developed through our orchestral training programmes are built on values such as perseverance, diligence and self-discipline, while social justice, equity and respect are the moral qualities nurtured in the programmes represented in this session. Our speakers will share their experiences and strategies that can help the future of our field live up to the potential we all have for change.