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

Núcleo Concert — Thursday, May 10th

Join us for our end-of-year musical showcase, featuring students from the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods. Special guests from the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado will be joining us on stage, along with Christopher Dragon, associate conductor for the Colorado Symphony.

Bruce Randolph Students Observe Holocaust Remembrance Day

None of our students had ever been in a synagogue, and many of them had never met anyone Jewish, either. The Colorado Hebrew Chorale and community were so very welcoming; offering our students a tour of the synagogue before sharing dinner together…

Ambassadors Perform on Saturday, April 14th

Our Ambassadors are excited to be performing preconcert from 6:45-7:15pm and will be opening the second half of the program. Join us on April 14th…

Remembering José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema

Maestro Abreu was a pivotal agent of social and artistic reform in Venezuela and throughout the world. He was the first global leader to powerfully fuse the realms of arts education, child poverty, and social change. Along with all of that—and just as important, he would have said—he was a teacher…

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