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Founder & Program Director, Austin Soundwaves
Austin, Texas

Patrick Slevin is the Founder of Austin Soundwaves, a free, high quality music education program inspired by El Sistema. In his role as Program Director, Patrick shapes the educational and musical vision for the program, conducts its orchestras, teaches sectionals and private lessons, and assists in areas related to development, communications, and program evaluation. 

Since founding Austin Soundwaves in 2011, Patrick has grown and developed the program to serve over 100 students in grades 3-11 at three sites in East Austin, Texas. He received degrees in Music and Urban Studies from Northwestern University and subsequently completed the Sistema Fellows Program at NEC. Patrick has taught in more than ten El Sistema programs both in the United States and in Venezuela, and he has conducted the Austin Youth Orchestra as well as the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. 

Patrick has worked for The Center for Study of Art and Community, The Center for Civic Engagement at Northwestern University, and the Alexandria (VA) Commission for the Arts. He is a founding board member and chairs the governance committee for the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs and volunteers with the Austin-based arts advocacy organization, MindPOP. He performs regularly with the Bravos Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Round Rock Symphony, and he has performed with orchestra and in festivals around the country, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Illinois Philharmonic, Texas Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Festival, and Castleton Music Festival.

Photo: Kimberly Slevin