The Sistema Music Program was founded in 1975 and today there are over 100 Sistema chapters globally and over a dozen organizations across Canada. It uses the classical music ensemble experience to achieve positive social change in youth.
Sistema Huronia is a local chapter to help youth in Huronia, which historically covers most of Simcoe County.
Our mission is to build and sustain an intensive social program that provides free, ensemble-based music lessons to inspire children to realize their full potential as students, musicians and citizens.
The El Sistema (The System) model from Venezuela exploded on the orchestra scene only a few years ago. However, the model developed by Jose Abreu more than 30 years ago in poverty stricken neighbourhoods in Caracas, has already shown tremendous success in the USA, Canada and internationally. The mission of the free El Sistema program is to promote the collective practice of music through symphony orchestras in order to help children and young people achieve their full potential and create social change in their community. As of today, more than 300,000 children and youth participate in the program every year. Gustavo Dudamel, the world-famous music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was one such student.