What is El Sistema?

12038743_778352982290793_4165914799642466301_oEl Sistema is a non-profit, music-education program, founded in 1975 by Venezuelan economist, musician, and activist José Antonio Abreu who launched a free classical music program for impoverished youths. Today there are over 700,000 children involved in El Sistema orchestras worldwide. Greater Milwaukee El Sistema was the first El Sistema in Wisconsin.

Who Can Join?
Any student in 4K through 12th grade willing to be dedicated, hard working and a positive part of the community. Students in Middle School Orchestra or High School Orchestra Students looking for Service-Learning Mentoring opportunities. More registration information here.

When Do They Practice?

Due to Covid-19 related restrictions:

ALL 1st semester classes will be held at St Luke’s Church.

Site locations will be reevaluated for 2nd semester at Hadfield Elementary School, La Casa De Esperanza and Montessori School of Waukesha.

Students meet each week on Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday during designated rehearsal times.

How much does it cost?
There is a $75.00 registration fee per semester that includes class instruction and music. Instrument Rental is $100 per school year with scholarships and assistance available. No child is ever turned away due to financial need. More registration information here.

What do I need to do to join?
Please contact Sarena Lawrence by email gmelsistema@gmail.com or phone at 262-271-1928 for more information.

How can I help?

El Sistema is a community-centered project.  Everyone can help.  You can come to  a Community Center night (see our calendar page), donate your skills, time, talent or money, and if you play violin, viola or cello, you can help with tutoring and just sharing your experiences. We currently need volunteers with expertise in communications, marketing and strings education.  For more information, please contact us.