El Sistema in the United States


This growth was sparked by the national tour on the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in 2007.  Shortly after that, Gustavo Dudamel, a prodigy from Venezuela’s El Sistema was named music Director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In January 2009, José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, received the TED Prize. He was awarded $100,000 and one wish to change the world: to create and document a special training program for 50 gifted young musicians passionate about their art and social justice and dedicated to bringing El Sistema to the United States and the world.

For this wish to become real, the “El Sistema” Fellows Program was created at the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, and began in the fall of 2009. Alvaro F. Rodas, founder and director of the Corona Youth Music Project, was a member of the inaugural class of the El Sistema Fellows at NEC Program (formerly know as the Abreu Fellows Program).

Since their graduation, the inaugural fellows have embarked on their mission of achieving social change through music by leading new El Sistema-inspired programs across the United States.  You can find out more about all the classes of “El Sistema” Fellows’ programs and projects in their Facebook page.

Other similar initiatives have started nationwide.  These initiatives include the Yours Project in Chicago IL, the OrchKids Program in Baltimore MD, the Harmony Program in New York City NY, the Youth Orchestras San Antonio’s Music Learning Center, San Antonio TX, among others.

This movement is still its early stages, and the Corona Youth Music Project hopes to inspire new programs in New York City, and the United States.

Visit the 2009-2010 El Sistema Fellows’ Program websites, and learn more about the El Sistema movement in the United States:

The “El Sistema” movement is rapidly growing in the United States.