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Remembering a Volunteer

In memory of Tom Jensen
April 11, 1951 – June 6, 2018

Tom was a highly accomplished conductor, musician, radio personality and entertainer. He believed, as we do, that every child deserves music and beauty in their lives. 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. He endeavored, every week, to set an example and inspire the children of El Sistema to work hard and dream big dreams for themselves. May his impact on the children be his enduring tribute and legacy.

Memorial reception will be from 6-8pm on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Olinger Crown Hill, Pavilion of Reflection. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donation be made to El Sistema Colorado, 789 Sherman Street, Suite 250, Denver 80203 or

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.

We couldn’t do this important work without the many community members and partnerships we are blessed with. We are so thankful to Bruce Randolph School for hosting us; to From the Hip Photo for documenting the magic; to Christopher Dragon and Phillip Stevens from the Colorado Symphony and musicians from the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado for opening the world of being a professional musician to our students, playing alongside them, and inspiring them to be better musicians; to our partner schools Swansea Elementary School and Garden Place Academy; to our Board and donors for always showing up in full support; and to our teaching artists whose love and dedication was shining bright in the smiles of our students — from the bottom of our grateful hearts, THANK YOU!