Orchestrating Diversity is a social change program which empowers young people through the education an performance of orchestral music. Directed towards under-served urban youth, it is provided free of charge. We offer high-level learning opportunities through classes in music theory, history, and musicianship. Students also receive private lessons, and rehearse and perform in ensembles. We are the only official El Sistema-USA nucleo in St Louis.

Our program is divided into two orchestras : For youth ages 12 - 18 we provide year round rehearsals and performances in the Urban Youth Orchestra. In addition they are placed in an 8 week summer intensive which spans 7 hours a day for 40 days. The Junior Urban Orchestra, for students 5-11, provides basic classes in music and movement, singing, the Paper Orchestra, and beginning strings and woodwinds classes.

We believe that by inviting young people into active engagement in the learning process and ensemble performance of orchestral music they develop skills of discipline, self-direction, team work, and spiritual enrichment which will transform them, their families, and their communities.

If you have a background in music education, counseling, or early childhood development, and are inspired by the El Sistema mission, we would love to have you on our team.

*Recordings of the June 3rd 2012 Mozart concert at Washington University's Holmes Lounge
Die Zauberfloete Overture
Piano Concerto nr. 21 in C KV 467 mvt i
Sinfonia Concrtante Kv. 364 mvt.ii
Sinfonia Concertante Kv 297b mvt iii
Symphony 40 in g minor KV 550

Here is a video of our inaugural concert:

An STLToday.com feature:

A KDHX interview

And State of the Arts December 2011 (4 minutes and 40 seconds into the video).

Check out this press:

CHS Globe Riverfront Times STL Beacon