Interim Executive Director
Monika is the Interim Executive Director and Co-Founder of El Sistema Colorado. Monika has been a public radio host for 33 years. She is currently Classical Program Director for Colorado Public Radio. Monika was integrally involved in creating the Classical Public Radio Network, a nationwide radio service funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She has followed the rise of the El Sistema movement in the United States. Through the course of her regular interviews with classical music’s luminaries, Monika spoke with El Sistema founder, José Antonio Abreu and LA Philharmonic Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel (El Sistema’s most famous graduate). Monika is impassioned to see Denver’s underprivileged children benefit from El Sistema’s riches.
Christian was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and achieved his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College where his appreciation for music grew as he formed part of a singing group known as “The Heightsmen.” As an American-Guatemalan, he is fluent in Spanish and has a significant background in working with under-resourced communities across the United States. Committed to the idea of making music accessible for all, he is enthused to bring his skills, leadership experience, and passion to serve for all the young musicians of Denver to enjoy and continue to grow.
Development & Operations Manager
Whitney Stuberg joined ESC as Development & Operations Manager in September 2019. She served as a public school choral director before transitioning into arts administration and fundraising for Opera Colorado. She earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Colorado State University and is pursuing her graduate degree in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver.