2023 Ravinia National Seminario: Orchestras For All


National Seminario: Students coming together for learning, community, and performance

July 5—8, 2023 at Ravinia Festival

Inspired by Chief Conductor Marin Alsop’s artistic vision, Ravinia’s Reach Teach Play education programs will host Seminario Ravinia, a national gathering of students from El Sistema-inspired organizations. Participating students will experience four days of orchestral training, mentorship, and fellowship at Ravinia.


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Harmonizing Together

The Seminario will bring together over 100 young musicians selected through a non-audition nomination process. The gathering will culminate in a concert featuring Seminario students in a side by side orchestra with the renowned Chicago Philharmonic. Additionally, in partnership with El Sistema USA , Ravinia will provide a series of professional development workshops for teaching artists and administrators.


Attend The Performance

This gathering will culminate in a concert on July 8 featuring over 100 Seminario students in a side by side orchestra with the renowned Chicago Philharmonic. The performance will be presented as part of Ravinia's 2023 Kid Concerts series. Check back after the season announcement on March 16 for more information.


Artistic Leadership

Marin Alsop

Ravinia Chief Conductor
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“The opportunity to work with students so dedicated to boosting their life skills through the universal language of music is as important to me as leading any orchestra. I’m thrilled to have time over these four days to also meet with the educators who are such crucial mentors for these young people, supporting their personal growth and affirming that they are welcome and, in fact, already a cherished part of this national community of musicians.”

Jonathan Rush

Lead Seminario Conductor
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“Sistema-trained students bring pure passion to their music; it’s instantly inspiring. There’s an energy, in the middle of them onstage, that the Chicago Philharmonic and I are excited to fortify, so that the students can experience being peers with not only these professional musicians, but young people from across the country who share this spirit. Meeting with their conductors as well will be a wonderful chance to exchange and develop ideas to focus the enthusiasm and the talent of their student musicians.”

Orchestra Partner

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Chicago Philharmonic

Chicago Philharmonic is committed to recognizing and breaking down systems of segregation and racism which exist in the classical music community. The Philharmonic welcomes people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, religions, and backgrounds.

"We are excited and honored to partner with Ravinia Festival to support the inaugural National Seminario. Our vision at Chicago 
Philharmonic is to create a more inclusive future for symphonic music - investing upstream in the next generation of musicians is essential to this mission. Working with esteemed Ravinia Chief Conductor Marin Alsop, Lead Seminario Conductor Jonathan Rush and nearly 100 students from around the country is sure to be a deeply impactful experience for everyone."—Terell Johnson


About Reach Teach Play

Over 75,000 community members are served through Ravinia's Reach Teach Play® Programs each year, ensuring that music education remains accessible to all. Our programs are designed to educate, foster diverse audience involvement, and provide the population with equitable access to live music experiences in their communities and at Ravinia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

While most of the activities and events are for the enrichment of young students, the general public can attend the final culminating performance on July 8. More information will be available when Ravinia announces its 2023 season on March 16.

Donors to Ravinia get early access to tickets as early as March 22. More info.

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National Seminario Ravinia is open to students from El Sistema-inspired organizations. Organizations can reach out to seminario@ravinia.org for more information.


Sponsors and Partners

National Seminario Ravinia Presenting Sponsor:


National Seminario Program Partners:

Chicago Philharmonic
El Sistema USA
Lake Forest College
Conn Selmer

Participating Organizations:

Chicago Philharmonic
El Sistema USA

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