KSO and El Sistema
El Sistema is an innovative and hope-instilling music education program, distinguished by its excellence and for having a positive impact on the communities where it is implemented. It uses symphony orchestras and choruses to help children and young people achieve their full potential and acquire values that favor their growth and have a positive impact on their lives in society.
The KSO is working with two partners, the Kalamazoo Public Schools and Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo, to pilot an after-school program based on this approach - Kalamazoo Kids In Tune.
If you want more information about El Sistema, here are some useful links:
Trailer for "El Sistema" Documentary
60 Minutes: Overview of El Sistema, July 2008
60 Minutes: Gustavo Dudamel and YOLA, May 2010
A speech by El Sistema founder Jose Antonio Abreu:
El Sistema Venezuela
(click on the British flag on left sidebar for English version)
Your Award-Winning KSO
Over the past decade, the KSO earned awards and accolades from near and far. The honors not only spotlight the orchestra, they also illuminate the excellence of the Greater Kalamazoo community to the entire nation.
Some notable honors include:
2008 MetLife Award for Arts Access
2007 Music Alive Meet the Composer/League of American Orchestras award
2003 League of American Orchestras Silver Award for a KSO Education program
2000 Ford Foundation leadership grant