Our Mission

El Sistema Colorado is a visionary movement that transforms the lives of children through music; a new model for social change. Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility. Read more

The History of El Sistema

Almost 40 years ago, Dr. José Antonio Abreu gathered 11 children in a parking garage in Carácas, Venezuela, to play music—and El Sistema was born. The El Sistema model, using ensemble music to transform the lives of at-risk youth and communities, has now become a world-wide phenomenon. Read more

Join Us

There are so many ways to support a performance, become a volunteer, or make a gift. Learn more about how you can get involved, or contact KC Netzke (cnetzke@elsistemacolorado.org).

Latest News

Join us this Wednesday, February 7th!

In partnership with Ligature Creative, Happy Hour Foundation allows people to come together to take a little break, see old friends and meet new ones, and most importantly, do and feel good with every round. $2 of every cocktail will go to your choice of 3 different nonprofits. El Sistema Colorado will be one of the […]

Prodigy Series

This December, El Sistema Colorado will partner with Prodigy Coffeehouse to provide live music on Friday afternoons. Featuring students, local musicians, and teaching artists, El Sistema Colorado and Prodigy Coffeehouse will bring the joy and thrill of live music while supporting the development and skill building of our local youth.

Appreciation Concert at Valdez-Perry

As we enter the season of giving, we give thanks to the Valdez-Perry branch library for hosting our Appreciation Concert, and to the supporters who make this all possible.

Daddy Bruce Concertante

Seven guest musicians from around Denver, including artists from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra, joined El Sistema Colorado students at Bruce Randolph School for a Halloween performance.

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