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

Our summer camps are in full swing! Check out the details here.

Remembering a Volunteer

Several months ago, Tom began helping young cellists and bassists at El Sistema become more confident on their instruments. He sat with them, bass in hand, side by side, as they played wrong notes, tried again, and found the triumph of making music together…

Núcleo Success!

It may be summer, but we are still glowing from our end-of-year showcase! What a way to wrap up a phenomenal school year…

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.

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