Our Program

Drawing on the inspiration and approach from the original El Sistema established in Venezuela over 40 years ago, the founders of El Sistema Colorado envisioned children of marginalized communities having the same access to music as their more privileged peers – orchestras, choirs and a variety of ensembles serving as the beacon of their communities.  

El Sistema Colorado’s instrumental and choral ensembles provide enrichment while building students’ musical, social and cognitive skills. Central to our vision is enabling students to participate through high school graduation. We are committed to the whole child, cultivating a community of support for the whole family and greater community, which is impacted by our young musicians’ growing self-confidence, social-emotional development and leadership skills.

We launched our programs in January 2012 at Garden Place Academy, initially serving over 100 students. We now serve 200 students in-school, afterschool and during summer at Garden Place as well as at Swansea Elementary and Bruce Randolph Middle & High School.

The ESC Music Center

In October of 2019 we launched our new facility—The ESC Music Center. On the border of the Curtis Park and Five Points neighborhood, we provide music training that is completely free to underprivileged youth. We seek funding to expand our music programs to effectively serve our North Denver community with the highest quality music education possible. Our aim is to utilize the power of a musical education and break the cycle of poverty.