About Jose Luis

Jose Luis Hernandez is a Tulsa-based educator, musician and community leader. He is the founding director of Sistema Tulsa, a free after-school program started in 2015 to build community and improve young people’s lives through the practice of music. Over 150 students attend year round and reach high levels of achievement. The program is championed by the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and inspires broad community and philanthropic support. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Texas Christian University and a Master of Music from the University of Texas Pan-American. He completed professional development at The Conductor’s Institute at Bard College, the New England Conservatory (Jose A. Abreu Fellow) and with the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Leading Change in Education Systems, 2015). On Oklahoma Arts Day 2018, he accepted a citation of commendation on behalf of Sistema Tulsa and addressed the Oklahoma House of Representatives to highlight the value of arts education.

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