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

Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Brayan *He’s the enthusiastic student on the top left! Brayan joined El Sistema when he was in 4th grade. At the time, he didn’t know what El Sistema was but says he was very interested in what was going to happen when he joined. “On the first day, I was super excited.” Brayan began […]

Professional Headshots

Our team started off the new year with headshots! The fantastic folks at From the Hip Photo have another arm, SnapCity…

Happy Hour Success

The Happy Hour event at Block Distilling Co. was a great success! Special thanks to our beloved staff and donors who came out…

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.

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