Director, Sistema Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada is the James and Mary Barnes Foundation Director of Sistema Tulsa, a social change through music program of the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in concert with community partners in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2015 he completed "Leading Change in Education Systems," a professional program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and made his Caracas debut conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV). Jose Luis earned degrees in music at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas Pan-American. He was an orchestral conducting fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music and received post-graduate training in piano at the Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona.

A multifaceted and creative thinker, he has presented at the League of American Orchestras national conference, led educational projects at public schools for the Van Cliburn Foundation, and published "Aesthetics of Generosity," a book on El Sistema, music education, and social change. He votes for the annual classical Grammy Awards and has performed live on Chicago’s classical radio powerhouse WFMT.  He is available as guest clinician/conductor for festivals, performances, and workshops.

Aesthetics of Generosity: El Sistema, Music Education, and Social Change (2012)

Photo: W. Mutz