Tulsa, Oklahoma and Latin America
Since completing the Sistema Fellows Program, José Luis has led successful initiatives to inspire and help grow the international El Sistema-inspired movement.
José Luis has nurtured artistic collaborations with El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States and mentors the growth and development of similar initiatives in Mexico. He has traveled with Venezuela’s FundaMusical Simón Bolívar to Europe and throughout Latin America as an ambassador for El Sistema. He also guest conducts orchestras and presents academic workshops in Venezuela.
Called “one of the most lucid interpreters of El Sistema” by Dr. Abreu, José Luis published Aesthetics of Generosity: El Sistema, Music Education, and Social Change (2012) to share his Fellowship experience and inspire educators who seek to enact social change through music. He has been engaged as a speaker and consultant with organizations ranging from the League of American Orchestras to local community foundations.
In Oklahoma City, he facilitated the creation of a 100-student flagship núcleo for El Sistema Oklahoma and, at Oklahoma City University, he taught the first college-level course on the subject of “social action through music.” José Luis is currently guiding the development of a new El Sistema-inspired initiative in Tulsa, Oklahoma under the auspices of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.
Photo: W. Mutz