About Us

Changing Young Lives with Music



Since its founding in 2011, Greater Milwaukee El Sistema (GMES) has served hundreds of elementary school students in our community. We are committed to providing safe, quality music education and opportunities to our students.

The Greater Milwaukee El Sistema (GMES) mission is to participate in the global movement to create community connection through affordable string music instruction for children. Named after the original “El Sistema” in Venezuela, GMES is inspired to transform the lives of students by providing them with skill-based music classes. Group based and community driven, classes strongly emphasize peer support and mentoring, as well as performance experience.


Want to help?

Volunteers are a vital part of El Sistema’s success. There are many ways in which you can support our organization.


Volunteer at an upcoming Community Night

  •  See for yourself how the El Sistema program works by arriving fifteen minutes early to help set or bring a simple salad, fruit plate or dessert to share!  To view location and information about First United Methodist Church Waukesha, go to http://www.fumcwaukesha.org/
Chaperone at a Practice Session
  •  Chaperone at a Practice Session
Become a mentor to our students
  • You can make a difference in a child’s life!  Play some games with the children-get to know the families!
Share your musical talent
  •  If you play a stringed instrument, we invite you to share your talent with our students. Contact Sarena Lawrence at gmelsistema@gmail.com for more information on how you can volunteer!

Please join our families and our resources to create a safe place for all to gather, share a meal, and have fun making music together!