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Marlow Appointed Program Director of New England Conservatory's Sistema Fellows Program

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Nov 06, 2012
Boston, MA

New England Conservatory announced this summer the appointment of Heath Marlow as program director of the Sistema Fellows Program. Marlow comes to the Conservatory from Community MusicWorks, a nationally recognized 15-year old program that builds transformative relationships between professional musicians, children, and families in Providence, Rhode Island’s urban neighborhoods.

A Massachusetts native, Marlow attended the NEC Preparatory School, received his bachelor of music from the Shepherd School at Rice University in 1999, was a three-time fellowship recipient at the Tanglewood Music Center and did graduate studies at Boston University.

Marlow’s transition to NEC began in August and he joined the staff full-time at the end of October.  Praising his “deep knowledge of grassroots community arts education,” Leslie Wu Foley, dean and executive director of preparatory and continuing education, commented that Marlow’s experience “building CMW and sharing that valuable experience with others interested in pursuing related initiatives makes him an ideal fit for his new position.” He is charged with continuing the development of NEC’s Sistema Fellowship, now in its fourth year of training young leaders for El Sistema-inspired programs throughout the United States. There are currently 30 alumni Fellows doing important work, creating or assisting in community-based music education programs from Juneau, Alaska to Atlanta, GA.

“Heath will be seeking the best way to prepare our Fellows for making significant and sustainable contributions to the growing community of Sistema-inspired programs,” Foley said. “What’s more, he will be scouting out opportunities -- consistent with our mission and resources -- for NEC to support the work that is already being done in this burgeoning field.”

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About New England Conservatory of Music Department of Preparatory and Continuing Education

The NEC Preparatory and Continuing Education Division comprises three programs, and serves 1,700 students. The Preparatory School offers lessons in all instruments, small and large ensembles, music theory, and a Saturday Schedule of workshops, master classes, and other special events. A four-level Certificate Program is also available. The School of Continuing Education offers lessons and classes in all aspects of music, as well as certificate programs. Credit is offered for the majority of courses. The Community Collaborations program provides scholarships to Boston residents in the Preparatory School and Continuing Education programs, and operates outreach programs, serving nearly 3,000 additional students, in the public schools and other community agencies.

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