El Sistema Oklahoma 2015 from St. Luke's OKC on Vimeo.
Starting in 2013 as a mission of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in partnership with the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, El Sistema Oklahoma has established its own 501(c)(3) status while remaining tightly connected to our original partners. We extend our scope beyond music achievement to focus on our students' social growth & well-being, utilizing music as the tool to connect with & inspire them to achieve in all areas of their lives. Instruments, instruction, healthy snacks, academic and social support are all provided without charge to our families.
El Sistema Oklahoma serves 220 students, in grades 3-8, for the 2015-16 academic year. These students have daily access to trained musical faculty and volunteers who are invested in their success. Our students come from 11 metro school sites. 81% of our families qualify for the free/reduced meal program. Children are not auditioned and do not need any prior musical experience before joining El Sistema Oklahoma.
UPDATE: On October 15, 2016, El Sistema students performed at the University of Oklahoma as part of the halftime celebration.