WELCOME TO SISTEMA SASKATOON!
Jose Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema in 1975 to help underprivileged Venezulan children learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. Thirty years later, El Sistema has become a nationwide organization of 102 youth orchestras, 55 children's orchestras, and 270 music centres - with close to 250 000 young musicians. There's a simple concept behind Abreu's work: for him an orchestra is first and foremost about togetherness, a place where children learn to listen to each other and to respect one another.
Sistema Saskatoon is based on this Venezulan initiative El Sistema which uses music education to help children from impoverished circumstances achieve their full potential and learn values to favour their growth as human beings. Sistema Saskatoon focuses on the ideal that every child should have the opportunity to enrich their lives through music and teamwork.
The Sistema Saskatoon Initiative:
Currently we are going into Vincent Massey Community School one day a week to work with two classes of children aged 7-9. Our goal is to expand into a program that runs five days a week after school.