Follow the links on this page to find biographical information for the first class of Fellows, who completed the program in 2010.
"From a very early age, this type of education provides a skill set far beyond the discipline of music."
Charlotte, North Carolina
"All the arts demand creativity and discipline, but music is uniquely and inherently a social activity, a live communication and interaction between equals."
"El Sistema's success relies on the intensity of its directors, the power of group experience and peer mentorship, and participation at an early age, when life is consumed by music!"
"Music gives the child a creative language that will allow him to connect the dots in life and therefore create a life of meaning."
"I read about Gustavo Dudamel and since then I’ve come to learn that wherever Dudamel is, El Sistema is not far behind."
New York, New York
"I want to start a 'nucleo' to serve Hispanic children, especially Central Americans living in New York City."
"I have found a greater reward in using my musical talents for the benefit of education and serving communities than I have performing in the world's best concert halls."
"As a dyslexic kid, I was constantly behind in school because I didn’t learn the way classes were taught. However, when I started band, I discovered I could process music my own way and still excel."
Durham, North Carolina
"Through providing a shared arena of communication for people of all languages, cultures and colors, music could create a premise for empathy."