El Sistema Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela, founded by Maestro José Antonio Abreu on February 12, 1975, is one of the most reputable international models of music education. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kim Noltemy Young Musicians Program is inspired by and based on El Sistema. As arts advocates, we not only prioritize a rigorous musical education for our students, but we also recognize the social responsibility we must provide equitable opportunities for all regardless of social or financial position. We prioritize social/emotional learning and teach the whole person, not just the musician.

Modeled by El Sistema principles, we approach orchestral music instruction during childhood and youth as a vehicle to shape the character and social development of our students. By participating in our program, they develop sensitivity, love of work, and begin to understand the importance of individual and collective efforts to achieve excellence.

We will guide our youth using the fundamental principles of El Sistema, including diligence, cooperation, community and parent involvement, and an optimistic vision for the future. El Sistema empowers our youth to understand their own inherent value while bringing the individual, family, and community together through the beauty and power of music.