What We Believe

PURPOSE

We exist to foster a great love of God, country, and humanity, within our students and members that will inspire them to pursue excellence in their chosen fields, and be of service to their communities.

VISION

A Nation of Servant Leaders, Uniting the World through Music

MISSION

To inspire transformation within individuals, families, and communities by providing children and youth with world-class music education and formative programs

CORE VALUES

Humility
Respect
Open Communication
Inclusiveness
Excellence

GOALS

  1. To provide human and spiritual formation to children and youth through music training and formative programs that will allow them to develop as persons who contribute to the positive development of society.
  2. To provide family strengthening programs for our students and members to strengthen this basic unit of society.
  3. To develop teachers, artists, and volunteers in the spirit of El Sistema.
  4. To develop persons and organizations who create communities that are child friendly, and where fine music, art and culture thrive

OBJECTIVES

  1. To provide orchestra, big band orchestra, and choir training programs for 120 children and youth from the age of 8 to 18, mainly from underserved communities, in three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced, from April 2020 to March 2023
  2. To provide our music students with supplementary programs for developing communication, responsibility, integrity, and values that will enable them to contribute positively within their families and communities, through quarterly workshops
  3. To hold quarterly values formation for parents, depending on their formation needs, to be determined by community development director and coordinators, for the strengthening of the family ties of our students
  4. To continually develop our teachers’ pedagogical skills, and their ability to bring out the best in themselves, their students, and their environments through annual teacher training retreats
  5. To help develop artists and audiences for fine art, music and culture through a minimum of two outreach concerts each year
  6. To establish a music center that is conducive to the ongoing development of chamber and symphonic music: areas for training, rehearsals, performances, and accommodations for guest artists and volunteers.

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QUOTES

“An orchestra is a community where the essential and exclusive feature is that it is the only community that comes together with the fundamental objective of agreeing with itself. Therefore the person who plays in an orchestra begins to live the experience of agreement.”

José Antonio Abreu

"Rhythm is the internal pulse of the soul. Music sublimates the internal pulse of the soul and expresses it in a harmonious way - subtly, invisibly, and transmitted, without words, to other human beings. It is the art of making the will, soul and spirit agree to generate a message and to generate values that profoundly transform the spirit of the child who values the orchestra."

José Antonio Abreu

"Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is."

Mae West

"It's been a thrilling journey - I have had to really learn that an orchestra is an entity - it's a creature. I have been calling it the dragon and the conductor is the dragon tamer. And you just have to... ride and don't let go and you will be fine."

Tori Amos

"I firmly believe lyrics have to breathe and give the audience's ear a chance to understand what's going on. Particularly in the theater, where you have costume, story, acting, orchestra."

Stephen Sondheim

"Art implies... ... a sense of perfection, therefore of excellence - a road to excellence. What is it that the orchestra has planted in the souls of its members? A sense of harmony, a sense of order implicit in the rhythm, a sense of the aesthetic, the beautiful and the universal, and the language of the invisible, of the invisible transmitted unseen through music."

José Antonio Abreu

"Harmony Whoever creates beauty by playing an instrument and generating musical harmony begins to understand from within what essential harmony is... human harmony."

José Antonio Abreu

"What is an orchestra? An orchestra is a community where the essential and exclusive feature is that it is the only community that comes together with the fundamental objective of agreeing with itself. Therefore the person who plays in an orchestra begins to live the experience of agreement. And what does the experience of agreement mean? Team practice - the practice of the group that recognizes itself as interdependent, where everyone is responsible for others and the others are responsible for oneself. Agree on what? To create beauty."

José Antonio Abreu

“It is evident that music has to be recognized as an element of socialization, 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

“Whoever creates beauty by playing an instrument and generating musical harmony begins to understand from within what essential harmony is... human harmony.”

José Antonio Abreu

"An orchestra is a community where the essential and exclusive feature is that it is the only community that comes together with the fundamental objective of agreeing with itself. Therefore the person who plays in an orchestra begins to live the experience of agreement."

José Antonio Abreu

"Rhythm is the internal pulse of the soul. Music sublimates the internal pulse of the soul and expresses it in a harmonious way - subtly, invisibly, and transmitted, without words, to other human beings. It is the art of making the will, soul and spirit agree to generate a message and to generate values that profoundly transform the spirit of the child who values the orchestra."

José Antonio Abreu

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