About Us

What is El Sistema Oklahoma?

El Sistema Oklahoma has grown rapidly into a well-respected, successful and unique after-school program serving over 200 underserved public school children in the heart of Oklahoma City. El Sistema Oklahoma is a non-profit 501(c)3 founded by Cathy and Phil Busey, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and the Wanda Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University through a creative partnership. The mission of El Sistema Oklahoma is to serve the community by engaging children within an ensemble-based music program so they can share the joy of music making and grow as responsible citizens.

While our students receive instruction from top-notch music teachers five days a week during the school year, El Sistema Oklahoma is about more than music education. We believe musicianship is a tool to help children grow as responsible citizens and community members. The children who participate in El Sistema Oklahoma receive a world-class musical education with lessons that extend beyond the practice room and into the real world. Research is beginning to show what our teachers and staff strongly believe: what children learn at El Sistema Oklahoma will have a meaningful and profound impact in their daily lives and on our community for years to come. We take great pride and joy in working with our children.

Students playing flute
Young students playing bass instruments

Who can enroll in El Sistema Oklahoma?

El Sistema Oklahoma is always accepting enrollment inquiries, but official enrollment is by invitation only through our service site schools. Priority enrollment is given to children with their principal’s recommendation from our service sites at the following Oklahoma City Public elementary schools: Cleveland, Kaiser, Hawthorne and Buchanaan.

Children should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Must be in grades 3 or 4 for the current or upcoming school year
  • Needs an opportunity to engage in something positive that will result in motivation and recognition
  • May benefit from a sense of focus, discipline and joy
  • A family or caretaker, when given the opportunity to do something extraordinary for their child, will take this leap of faith
    with us

Students do not need any musical experience to be considered for El Sistema Oklahoma. All instruction will begin at the beginner level.

To inquire about enrollment, please email elsistemaok@gmail.com