Guest Lecturers are experienced practitioners and leading researchers who share guided lectures that support the theoretical framework of Modules.

Patricio Aizaga is the founder and president of the National Youth Orchestra of Ecuador. He is also professor at the National Conservatory of Music Quito. Dr. Aizaga created the first socially-oriented music education project in the history of Ecuador.

Dr. Patricio Aizaga

Founding President
Fundación Sinfónica de Ecuador

Paul Anwandter is a widely read author of books on Coaching, NLP, Hypnosis, and Team Building. His vast knowledge of coaching led him to create the ICI Integral Coaching model. Prof. Anwandter is  a founding member of the Human Coaching Network (HCN).

Paul Anwandter

Worldwide Assoc. of Business Coaches

Dr. Yoon-il Auh holds advanced degrees from Juilliard and Columbia. He has been faculty at Columbia Teachers College, Ass-Dir. of Distance Education at NYU, Director at Central Michigan University, and President of the National Labor College. Dr. Auh teaches at Seoul National University.

Dr. Yoon-il Auh

Seoul National University

Arthur C. Brooks is a widely known American social scientist and musician. Prof. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Brooks is best known for his work on the junctions between culture, economics, and politics.

Arthur C. Brooks

American Enterprise Institute

Dr. Isaac Casal—founder of Panama’s Alfredo San Malo Festival—holds advanced degrees from Florida International University, Baylor University, and Southern Methodist University, where he earned his Artist Certificate as a student of Andres Diaz.

Dr. Isaac Casal

Founding President
Fundación Concertante Panama

Vandeen Campbell leads research projects, staff development, and quantitative methods trainings at CUNY. Prof. Campbell  received a B.A. in sociology & education from York College and a M.A. in Sociology from Queens College, specializing in applied social research. 

Vandeen Campbell

Assistant Director,  Research, Evaluation, & Prog. Support
City University of New York

Bruno Campo has expertise building Sistema-inspired programs. In 2005 Campo founded Sistema Guatemala, which within 6 years reached 2500 children through 10 orchestras and 8 music schools. Campo is an official “Peace Ambassador” for the Guatemalan govt.

Bruno Campo

Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala

Peter Carrington (MBA, MA) is a clinical social worker in New York City with extensive background working with at-risk youth and their families in a variety of urban settings.

Peter Carrington

Clinical Social Worker
New York City

Winner of the Leeds Piano Competition, Brazilian Ricardo Castro is founding president of NEOJIBA, a state-wide network of El Sistema-inspired youth orchestras in Bahia, Brazil. Prof. Castro is also Faculty at Haute Ecole de Musique Lausanne in Switzerland.

Ricardo Castro

Founding President, NEOJIBA Brazil
Faculty, Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne

Dr Andrea Creech is Professor of Education at University College London, having previously taught at the Open University and the Guildhall School of Music.  Dr. Creech has held principal positions in orchestras in the UK and Canada, and founded a music school in the Republic of Ireland. 

Dr. Andrea Creech

University of London

Violinist Francis Cummings is Founding Director of Music at Sistema Scotland and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Prof. Cummings is on Faculty at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Francis Cummings

Founding Director, Sistema Scotland
Faculty, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Tatiana de German Ribon holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Colombia in Washington DC.

Tatiana de German Ribon

Cultural Attaché
Embassy of Colombia in Washington

Dr. Susan Hallam—BA, MSc, Phd—has taught and led research at the Institute of Education since 1991, supporting a wide range of bodies including the ESRC, DfES, MoD, and a range of charities relating to attendance at and behaviour in school.

Dr. Susan Hallam

University of London

Scott Harrison, Exec. Director of the LA Chamber Orchestra, worked previously for the Indianapolis, New Jersey, Boston and Dallas symphony orchestras. Harrison holds degrees from Northwestern University and Southern Methodist University, and is founder of BLUME Haiti.

Scott Harrison

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Marta Hernández earned a Doctorate  in Music Education from Universidad de Granada, and a Master’s in String Pedagogy from Temple University. Prof. Hernández also holds a Master’s in Music Therapy from Illinois State University.

Dr. Marta Hernández Candelas

National Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico

Dr. Steven Holochwost is a Research Scientist at the Science of Learning Institute and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Education. Prof. Holochwost is also Associate Principal at WolfBrown, where he evaluates programs designed for  under-served youth.

Dr. Steven Holochwost

Research Scientist at the Learning Institute
Johns Hopkins University

Stephanie Hsu, a graduate of Swarthmore and New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program, is Executive Director of Yakima Music In Action an a member of the Yakima Symphony.

Stephanie Hsu

Executive Director
Yakima Music en Accion

Margaret Martin earned a doctorate in Public Health from UCLA and a master of public health degree from UCLA in Behavior Science/ Health Education.. She is the founder of Harmony Project, which provides instruments & tuition-free  music lessons to thousands of youth in Los Angeles.

Margaret Martin

Founder & Managing Director
Harmony Project

A graduate of Vienna Conservatory, Juan Felipe Molano is Conductor of YOLA at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Molano is also Resident Conductor of the American Youth Symphony, and previously was Artistic Director of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra.

Juan Felipe Molano

Music Director
Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles

Dr. Collin Mueller is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. Prof Mueller earned his B.A. at Rice University, M.Div. at Duke Divinity School, and M.A. and Ph.D. at Duke University. He has taught courses at Duke and North Carolina Central University.

Dr. Collin Mueller

Post-Doctoral Associate
Duke University School of Sociology

Eli Newberger, M.D. is a leading figure in the movement to improve the protection and care of children.. A pediatrician and author of many influential works on child abuse, he teaches at Harvard Medical School and founded the Child Protection Team at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Eli Newberger

Harvard Medical School

Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Ph.D., is Chief Research Officer and Senior Policy Analyst for Creativity Testing Services, and is Founder of MUSE Research. Dr. O’Neal was  Founding Director of Research for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Research Director at the Geffen UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Ivonne Chand O’Neal

Chief Research Strategist

Omari Pearson serves as Program Manager of Banking on Our Future (BOOF): College Edition. As Program Manager, Omari is responsible for day-to-day development, implementation, and growth of BOOF College Edition.

Omari Pearson

Senior Manager
Operation Hope

Armando Regil is founding president of IPEA, a think tank devoted supporting a new generation of leaders in Mexico in private sector, public sector, and civil society. He has a BSc in International Business from Tec de Monterrey, and is a columnist for ExpansionThe Economist, and Politician DNA.

Armando Regil

Instituto de Pensamiento Estratégico

Founding Director of the Corona Youth Orchestra, Álvaro Rodas earned a Master’s in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Prof. Rodas has served as principal percussionist at the Guatemala National Symphony and on Faculty at the Guatemala National Conservatory.

Alvaro Rodas

Founder & Director
Corona Youth Music Project

Dr. Gero Schliess is a Special Correspondent for Culture and Cultural Policy for Germany’s leading newspaper, Deutsche Welle, as well as Neu Berliner. Dr. Schliess was previously the newspaper’s Washington correspondent.

Dr. Gero Schliess

Senior Culture Correspondent
Deutsch Welle

Liz Schurgin, former Abreu Fellow of the New England Conservatory, is Executive Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Project.

Liz Schurgin

Executive Director
DC Youth Orchestra Program

Seth Truby, Founding Director of BRAVO Youth Orchestras, is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and Oberlin College & Conservatory.. Truby was a founder and fundraising chair of the Portland Village School, and Director of Development at Chamber Music Northwest. 

Seth Truby

Founding Executive Director
BRAVO Youth Orchestras

A graduate of Yale University, Mariano Vales is Director of Music Initiatives at the Organization of American States and founder of its OASIS program. Mr. Vales is also composer-in-residence for the GALA Hispanic Theater and a Music Director at the DC Youth Orchestra.

Mariano Vales

Director of Music Initiatives
The Organization of American States

Luis Vicaria is Director of Orchestral Studies at Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and Music Director of the University Orchestra. Dr. Vicaria is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London,  and earned a Master’s and Ph.D. at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Luis G. Vicaria

Director of Orchestral Studies
Universidad Javeriana

Helen Wheelock has developed and led pioneering anti-bullying curricula and powerful professional development programs on interactive storytelling for early childhood educators. As adjunct faculty at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies, she has taught several  graduate courses.

Helen Wheelock 

Director, Early Learning, Creative Arts Team
Adj. Faculty, CUNY School of Professional Studies

Paulo Zuben—Managing Director of Santa Marcelina Cultura— has an extensive history in cultural management having served as the head of prominent festivals and institutions in Brazil including Campos do Jordao, the Tom Jobim Conservatory & Project GURI.

Paulo Zuben

Managing Director
Escola de Música Tom Jobim

“The unique curriculum of readings, seminars,
assignments, and field work transformed my perspective and strengthened my career goals.”

Maggie Gould, Violin, USA (2014 Cohort)
Co-Founder – National Youth Orchestra of Belize