Where We Are & What We Do

Where We Are


El Sistema Colorado has served 1,300 youth living in Northeast Denver; specifically Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Cole, and Clayton neighborhoods. Partnership school locations include Garden Place Academy, Swansea Elementary, and Bruce Randolph Middle & High School. Our ensembles currently represent 10 schools, most of which are within the Denver Public School District.

What We Do

El Sistema Colorado changes the trajectory of Denver youth through the joyful, daily pursuit of musical excellence. Inspired by the Venezuelan social-change movement, Sistema Colorado instills teamwork, self-confidence, and social responsibility through an intensive, free music program. Our ensembles are comprised of youth who are growing in skill and personal investment which improves school engagement, leadership development, and understanding of a strong community.

El Sistema Colorado in-school and out-of-school ensembles evolve to keep up with developing musicians from 2nd-12th grade:

Explorers introduces children to music and learning an instrument.

Crescendo advances children to grow their skills as part of a larger ensemble.

Cadenza is the final flourish with more advanced middle and high school musicians.

Ambassadors is a selective ensemble of dedicated children highly invested in increasing their musical and leadership skills and engaging more deeply in and out of their neighborhoods through regular community performances.

ESCAPE (El Sistema Colorado and Partner Ensemble) highlights our talented and professional teaching artists, often partnering with professional musicians in the community or even students who rise to the level of joining the group in paid community performances.  

Summer Camps keep our youth from experiencing summer learning loss through opportunities like Composers Camp and Conducting Camp. El Sistema Colorado partners with community organizations like the Colorado Symphony and the Old Time Fiddlers Association to introduce children to new creative musical opportunities.