Why Orchestra

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Sistema Europe 2013, Austria

The orchestra is a group of people who come together for the sole purpose of agreeing. The orchestra is not about talent and competition, but about awareness and cooperation.

You may have heard the saying that “God is in the details;” so we can also say that Beauty and Joy are also in the details. The orchestra is a place where we dedicate ourselves to creating habits of precision, accuracy, and attention to detail all in the service of creating a beautiful experience for ourselves and for others. In the orchestra, a person’s status, age, and nationality is of no consequence; each person has an equal voice and that voice has an immediate impact on those around him. There are many voices in an orchestra, but only One sound.
The motto of El Sistema is “Tocar y Luchar” — to Play and to Struggle. In the orchestra there are two kinds of struggle. The first kind is the struggle to overcome the technical challenges of the music itself–to use these pieces of wood and metal to express our imagination. But the second kind of struggle is an even greater challenge. It is the struggle against that inner voice that comes and tries to convince us that all of this caring for detail, taking the time to truly listen to those around us— all this work and effort to care for the little things is not worth it. And this is the greatest enemy of all. This is the enemy of Beauty itself.
We believe that creating beauty is not for just the talented few, but that the talent and desire for beauty lives in each of us. But desire is not enough, we must also acquire the awareness, the skills, and the knowledge to empower everyone to become an artist. After all, Art is not a skill set, but a mindset. It is not simply about painting a picture or playing a piece of music. Art is about asking how something can be more beautiful and more true.
So the purpose of the orchestra is not to create professional musicians, but to create a community of artists who care about their world and are passionate about turning their lives and their world into amasterpiece.

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