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

Changing Lives Through Music

Latest News

Our Newest Paper Violin Graduation!

Each fall, El Sistema Colorado looks forward to welcoming a new group of kindergartners into the Paper Violin Orchestra!

ESC Ambassadors at Adventure Film Festival

On Saturday, September 12th, the El Sistema Colorado Ambassadors were given an opportunity to perform at the Adventure Film Festival.

You can be a Snack Superhero!

We are seeking fuel for our young musicians in the form of daily snacks for our summer programs.

Our Major Supporters

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