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.
Music Education Coordinator
Jamie Wolf currently serves as El Sistema Colorado’s Music Education Coordinator, and has led the organization in its work using music as a tool for social change with under-served youth since 2013. She is a seasoned educator, and has taught choral and general music at a variety of public schools in the Denver area as well as private lessons. Ms. Wolf graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Northwestern University. She was recently selected as one of 50 international musicians to participate in the 2020 cohort of the Global Leaders Program, a graduate program in executive leadership for change-makers in music.
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.