Sistema Tulsa is continuing to show us what is possible when a community comes together to give the best of their time, care and skills. A theologian I admire once said that community is the fruit of our willingness to make the interests of others more important than our own. One of my own mentors in education, the late Jose Antonio Abreu said it best, “There is nothing more important in life than to give, the more you give the more you receive and this is where true happiness resides—this adds richness to all of life’s meaning.”

Each academic year we give the gift of music education to students in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Many people participate in the ongoing growth and development of our free social change through music program. From our volunteers to our teachers, our staff colleagues at the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and its members—including many visionary donors in the community who sustain this program financially. This full-time work and ministry bring together all of my energies and skills and I find it a blessing in my life.  I always look forward to meeting new students who will get to discover a place of promise through the beauty of music.

Thank you for your prayers and support! 

-Jose Luis