KidZNotes, a nonprofit that provides free instruments and music lessons to children in Durham, North Carolina, will host “Take a Stand: Supporting Social Change Through Music,” on February 15 and 16 in Durham, aimed at professionals interested in learning more about El Sistema, the Venezuelan movement focused on social change through music education. Co-hosted with Duke University and the nonprofit organization Take a Stand, the free workshop will feature speakers including Dan Berkowitz, manager of Youth Orchestra LA, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Grant Llewellyn, music director of the North Carolina Symphony; Wayman Chin, dean of the Conservatory of Music at the Longy School of Music of Bard College; Katie Wyatt, executive director of KidZNotes; and faculty and administrators from Duke University and North Carolina State University. “Take a Stand” is a national program between the Longy School of Music of Bard College, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Bard College whose goal is to support social change through music. More information on the February 15-16 sessions is available here.

Posted February 12, 2013