Our Mission

El Sistema Colorado is a visionary movement that transforms the lives of children through music; a new model for social change. Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility. Read more

The History of El Sistema

Almost 40 years ago, Dr. José Antonio Abreu gathered 11 children in a parking garage in Carácas, Venezuela, to play music—and El Sistema was born. The El Sistema model, using ensemble music to transform the lives of at-risk youth and communities, has now become a world-wide phenomenon. Read more

Join Us

There are so many ways to support a performance, become a volunteer, or make a gift. Learn more about how you can get involved, or contact KC Netzke (cnetzke@elsistemacolorado.org).

Latest News

Prodigy Series

This December, El Sistema Colorado will partner with Prodigy Coffeehouse to provide live music on Friday afternoons. Featuring students, local musicians, and teaching artists, El Sistema Colorado and Prodigy Coffeehouse will bring the joy and thrill of live music while supporting the development and skill building of our local youth.

Appreciation Concert at Valdez-Perry

As we enter the season of giving, we give thanks to the Valdez-Perry branch library for hosting our Appreciation Concert, and to the supporters who make this all possible. The Ambassadors, El Sistema Colorado’s extracurricular chamber orchestra, and Escape, El Sistema Colorado’s staff ensemble, performed for the public and several special guests. A heartfelt Thank […]

Daddy Bruce Concertante

Seven guest musicians from around Denver, including artists from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra, joined El Sistema Colorado students at Bruce Randolph School for a Halloween performance. The audience was treated to a showcase of creative costumes and haunting musical classics.

Mile High United Way Launches Program to Strengthen Nonprofits

El Sistema Colorado is excited to be part of the Mile High United Way Impact United cohort. Check out this story to learn more about the impact we will have in the GES neighborhoods and beyond.

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