Sistema Tulsa teaches lessons beyond music

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

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The purpose of El Sistema, Hernandez-Estrada said, “is to use music, to use our culture, as the vehicle to raise up a new generation of…

Magical Evening of Music with Wynton Marsalis

Those who attended the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s concert experienced a world class musical event. Wynton Marsalis and the orchestra members all demonstrated outstanding composing, arranging and jazz performance skills to a full Tulsa Performing Arts Center crowd. The…

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Interview from Public Radio Tulsa

From Public Radio Tulsa: 

On this edition of Studio Tulsa, we learn about the nonprofit program known as Sistema Tulsa. Per its website, Sistema Tulsa"envisions how a comprehensive and inclusive music program can positively impact the social, cognitive, and…Read more

Charting a Path to Clarity in Sistema-inspired Work

First Published June 19, 2015 on the Sistema Fellowship Center Blog

One of my education systems professors at the Harvard Graduate School of Education recently shared that “People support most what they help create.” (Cassidy 2015) For Sistema-inspired leaders and…

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Speech on a "Pedagogy of Compassion" 04/25/2015

On April 25, 2015 I spoke to a group of United Methodist Women in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They are part of a service organization that engages with various social mission throughout the city. I was the speaker for their Quarterly Meeting…Read more

A few thoughts on Education - April, 6, 2015

A few days ago, I visited with students and parents at a local Tulsa Elementary school to speak about music education and our Sistema Tulsa project. I enjoy these opportunities because I can connect and learn from them. I always…

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El Sistema 40

Por su  transcendencia social y educativa, El Sistema es uno de los más importantes proyectos culturales de nuestros tiempos. En su 40 aniversario, me uno a la celebración de sus logros e ideales sublimados por el trabajo constante y paciente…Read more

Music Among Friends / January 25

I am pleased to share an upcoming musical performance in Tulsa, OK. 

Next Sunday, January 25, some of Tulsa’a most gifted instrumentalists will join members of Boston Avenue’s music program to perform a beautiful concert of chamber music at 5:00…Read more

New England Conservatory "Innovation Grant"

I am happy to share that I am the recipient of the New England Conservatory's Sistema Fellows Resource Center Innovation Grant. This grant will allow me to pursue advance studies through the Harvard Graduate School of Education professional program…Read more

The Messiah at Boston Avenue

I recently had the opportunity to conduct in a performance of Handel's masterpiece "Messiah" during the Advent Season at the Boston Avenue Church in Tulsa. It was a concert full of joy, warmth, and beauty. And a wonderful testament to…Read more