Since participating in the Sistema Fellows Program, Marie has been an active participant in the growing El Sistema-inspired movement in the United States, particularly in Massachusetts. In 2011, Marie was the Founding Director of the El Sistema-inspired program Kids4Harmony in Pittsfield, MA. Under her leadership, Kids4Harmony delivered high levels of intensity and authenticity, providing programming every day during after-school hours and providing access to teaching artists who had personally experienced El Sistema in Venezuela.
In 2012, Marie became the Artistic Director of the Open Access to Music Education for Children (OAMEC) program of Youth and Family Enrichment Services in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Through Marie’s leadership, OAMEC grew to serve 200 students and provide music education for 10 hours per week.
When Marie gave birth to twins in 2013, she discontinued her organizational a liations. Currently, Marie continues to work independently on several projects, drawing on inspiration from her years spent in Venezuela, particularly her daily experience of teaching music in El Sistema. She is committed to broadening the reach of El Sistema throughout the United States.
Photo: Marie Montilla