U.S. State Department Honors State Alumni Member of the Month

Posted by Kristin Smith
January 5, 2010
Musical Score Seen at Colon Theater in Buenos Aires

About the Author: Kristin Smith serves as a Regional Alumni Coordinator in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The U.S. Department of State has named Nestor Tedesco, an Argentine alumnus of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, as State Alumni Member of the Month. Tedesco was selected in recognition of his outstanding commitment to opening the doors of opportunity to Argentinean youth through music. His efforts enrich the lives of both Argentineans and Americans.

Tedesco came to the United States in 1999 to study cellist repertoire in Boston through the Fulbright Program. Since returning to Argentina, he has been a professional cello soloist in the renowned Buenos Aires Colon Theater and a professor of cello at the National Art Institute University.

In addition to the professional impact of his exchange experience, Tedesco was inspired by the commitment to community service that he observed in the United States. As a result, he worked to expand the music education project Zonas de Accion Prioritaria (ZAP) Program (Priority Action Zones Program), which now teaches some 2,000 children and teenagers in Argentina's poorest neighborhoods to play in 17 youth orchestras across the country. For many students, participation in one of Tedesco's youth orchestras is the impetus to seize new opportunities and avoid activities such as crime and drugs.

Since 2004, Tedesco also has trained music teachers across Argentina to start youth orchestras, thus multiplying the impact of his efforts. He has provided his students with professional and academic opportunities by organizing clinics led by American university music professors and by working with partners to offer university scholarships and international linkages. In 2008, Tedesco performed at the U.S. Embassy, with students in his Villa 31 orchestra, in honor of visiting American violinist Joshua Bell.

Tedesco notes that beyond the practical aspects of professional experience, international exchange participants “recognize different points of view in order to understand and employ them, we learn, and we learn how to learn in order to teach, and finally, we feel solidarity in the first person and discover that this is an essential element of human construction. I believe that all of this was encompassed in my Fulbright experience.”

Throughout January, Tedesco's leadership and promotion of community service will be recognized on the State Alumni website, https://alumni.state.gov, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' official website for the more than one million alumni who have participated in a Department-sponsored exchange program. Each month, the Bureau's Office of Alumni Affairs, which supports alumni as they build on their exchange experiences, confers the award on an outstanding alumnus or alumna. Learn more here.



South Korea
January 6, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

only one word remind


January 11, 2010

Manon in Singapore writes:

Congratulations Nestor, you deserve it!

South Korea
January 20, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

本音, 建前

Japan is difficult country to understanding.

Secret intention when there is a mistake of past and thinks with the opinion which is personal that there must be position expression which is official. official.
Specially now,

When the U.S. army base problem is solved well. Japan appears the thing to be thinking too easily?

I am not also the specialist and is not also the fact that is the knowledge which is special. As it is to speak a secret intention opinion.

Specially from the Orient from Japan, so far social rank or honor the human relation which becomes known at the same surface, importantly, there is a tendency which thinks.

"Thinks, did a best."

Was defeated from election to is sad.
Is sorry.
Thinks that "area people(?)" where our method and the person are not wants the person which and the method which wins that appropriately harmonizes the person which we select.

What kind of all decisions in every case, follows and believes.

South Korea
January 26, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to reader.

Indonesia and Philippine Islands

To initially 13 and they were +1 ors +2, but now appears the thing to be being a time must change an order. When starts a financial reform, routine (insider's trading?)Case the familiar speculative capital will conduct repelling. Selects the nation which hits to the physiology of like this capital and thinks investing to under method. Promises the position which degree is monopolistic, is a direction which goes wrong hung knows, but closes a dispute from the inside, thinks that a little is insufficient by force of the inside which reconstructs a US economy. When the economic effect the outside becomes supporting and thinks that effect is doubled.


Is a quite conceited talk, but me see hold personally in mind.
i like 小澤一郞 than 鳩山由紀夫.

Probably two the experience people who people are experienced think a help from finance and industry sector decrease. And, now the person who is necessary will not betray to 2010, is incorrect and that until end hits, thinks that the friend will be able to speak is necessary.

Now thinks that Indonesia and 小澤一郞 are appropriate.

thank you.


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