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Denver convening sets stage for greater access to music education

By El Sistema Colorado Staff

El Sistema Colorado is excited to partner with the Colorado Symphony and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra to lead a discussion about access to quality music education for Denver’s at-risk youth, a goal that directly supports El Sistema Colorado’s mission. Team Tipton is facilitating the convening of dozens of Denver’s music education organizations, with funding support from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation. The convening will take place October 3 & 4 with the goal of creating an action plan that addresses issues around music education in Denver, particularly inclusivity, diversity, and racial and economic equity.

Visit the Colorado Symphony website for an executive summary, survey results and research to-date.

We will post updates after this important gathering.

One Orchestra. One Community. One New Home.

El Sistema Colorado celebrates its first after-school community hub, a thriving music center, ensuring equal access.
“…because music is a right, not a privilege.” ~ Maestro José Antonio Abreu


From El Sistema Colorado Board and Staff 

We always knew we needed a central home.

One place to unite our orchestra. 

One place to build stronger community. 

One place for joyful music ~ a human right for all.

We have found that home in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood, thanks to a new partnership with the Denver Housing Authority. We are preparing it to launch programming in our new home to 75 students after school, Fall 2019.

El Sistema Colorado has served over 1,300 students since 2012. Now, this new, centralized community hub, located at 2980 Curtis Street, will welcome our current young musicians and families, as well as new ones. The center will be located one to three miles from our partnering Denver Public Schools: Garden Place Elementary Swansea Elementary and Bruce Randolph Middle and High School, which are located in the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Cole and Clayton neighborhoods. And there will be plenty of room to serve more kids, both from our current partner schools, and from within our new Curtis Park / Five Points neighborhood.

Thank you to everyone who has supported El Sistema Colorado from the beginning. We could not have done it without you.

El Sistema Colorado Community Music Center

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  • 90% of teachers report that their El Sistema students have improved academic performance.
  • 98% of parents report that their student has improved teamwork skills.
  • In only 6 years, 11 El Sistema children have been accepted to the prestigious and nationally recognized Denver School of the Arts.
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What is El Sistema Colorado?

El Sistema Colorado is inspired by a global movement started in Venezuela almost 45 years ago. Our mission is to transform lives through music education. Our model is: intensive, afterschool, ensemble music education. Children learn in an ensemble so they experience the value of teamwork, leadership, collective impact. Performance opportunities occur throughout the year with partners like Metro State University, the Colorado Symphony, the Denver Philharmonic and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra.