Finding your voice (a Sistema experience)

Finding your voice 

By Jose Luis Hernandez, Director of Sistema Tulsa 

Whenever a new student joins Sistema Tulsa we begin the process of pairing them with an instrument that they will learn and play throughout the year. It…

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Sistema Tulsa at the Oklahoma House of Representatives


On April of 2018, Sistema Tulsa students and teachers traveled to Oklahoma City to participate as a featured ensemble of “Oklahoma Arts Day.” The event was sponsored by the non-profit Oklahomans for the Arts and brought a group…

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Essay: Opening the Paradox of Conversations

“Opening the Paradox of Conversations”

Thank you for welcoming me at the Philips Theological Seminary today to lecture on the subject of Conversations. My presentation today is titled “Opening the Paradox of Conversations.” This class couldn’t have been more appropriate…Read more

Executives of Tulsa Speech 10/14/16

Executives of Tulsa Club Speech - 10/14/16 

by Jose Luis Hernandez

It is an honor to be able to speak at the Executives of Tulsa Club. I am grateful to Tom Campbell for inviting me. Exactly two years ago I…

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Across the Americas

My recent guest column for The Ensemble, a monthly newsletter reporting on the U.S. and Canada Sistema-inspired movement. 

April 1, 2016 

"Across the Americas" 

What began as a simple spaghetti dinner with Maestro Abreu in New York quickly…

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Atlanta Music Project Take two!

Pre-concert gathering with Exec. Director and Concertmaster. Just before going on stage with the Atlanta Music Project!

All together now. Great to collaborate with these wonderful young musicians! ‪#‎elsistema‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎education‬ ‪#‎AMP‬



Piramide del Sol (Full Performance Video)

I am delighted to share this video of my performance with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela in Caracas last November. This is a brand new Piano Concerto by Juan Pablo Contreras, a leading young Mexican composer. At the piano…

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Sistema Tulsa Plays their "First Notes"

It is inspiring to witness the beginning of young musicians’ journeys. You see them shining and feeling proud about themselves and their work. All of a sudden music means something special for them and for the community that supports them…Read more

Debut con la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar

Fue una enorme satisfacción colaborar con la OSSBV en Caracas. El 20 de Noviembre tuvimos un excelente concierto donde alcanzamos un alto nivel de concertación artística y nivel interpretativo junto con el pianista Mexicano Abdiel Vazquez y el compositor Juan…Read more