About Us

In a world growing rapidly more complex and difficult – politically, economically, environmentally and socioculturally, we must equip our future generations to most competently take on the escalating challenges they will face — challenges we cannot begin to imagine today. Our world’s finest minds will not only come from the privileged with greater access to opportunity and education. They must emerge from even the unlikely corners of our poorest and most destitute neighborhoods.

That is why El Sistema Colorado exists — creating the opportunity for all our children’s minds to awaken and help lead our world to a better existence.  If we are to solve the formidable and complex questions facing our world today, we must give all our children’s minds the opportunity to fully develop and contribute to the world in which we live.

Society develops by organizing all the knowledge, human energies and material resources at its disposal to fulfill its aspirations.
~ Garry Jacobs, Robert Macfarlane, and N. Asokan, International Center for Peace and Development, Napa, CA

Music has to be recognized as an … agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values — solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings.
~ José Antonio Abreu – El Sistema founder (May 7, 1939 ~ March 24, 2018)

We could not achieve our goal without the valued community supporting us with their ideas, time, and leadership. To that end, we continue to deep our Denver partnerships in all sectors to increase access and opportunity in the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, Cole and Clayton neighborhoods and beyond.