Students and teaching artists of BRAVO Youth Orchestras in Portland, Oregon perform new works with student-created melodies, rhythms, and lyrics. BRAVO is a member of the League of American Orchestras and El Sistema USA. Photo by Richard Kolbell.

Orchestras are helping young people reach their creative potential, through one-time educational concerts, intensive instrumental training courses, and other programs, and on Tuesday, February 21, the League of American Orchestras’ “Putting Youth First” webinar will explore how orchestras’ educational offerings support youth as they grow. In the 60-minute “Putting Youth First” webinar, Elizabeth Moulthrop of El Sistema USA and the League’s Caen Thomason-Redus will discuss best practices for working respectfully with youth, and how to maximize program impact by elevating youth voice and leadership. In addition, student leaders from music programs across the country will share their own experiences, priorities, and perspectives. Elizabeth Moulthrop is executive director of El Sistema USA, which provides musical training for young people, and Caen Thomason-Redus is vice president for Inclusion and Learning at the League of American Orchestras.

“Putting Youth First” takes place on Tuesday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/Noon Pacific. The League offers 50% off registrations to staff of NYC arts organizations, thanks to the generosity of the Howard Gilman Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. If you can’t attend the webinar live, register to receive the recording. Learn more and register here.  Questions? Contact League Member Services at