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El Sistema

In 1975, Jose Abreu founded a music program that now provides instrumental instruction to a quarter million of the poorest children in Venezuela. These young musicians play in 125 orchestras. Fundación del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela, (Fesnojiv) is known as El Sistema.

MYOCA and Scrollworks were inspired by and loosely modeled after El Sistema.

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The video of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra at the 2007 Proms that prompted the comment that 'It can happen here.' -- and thus began Scrollworks!

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Maestro Abreu's TED talk upon winning the TED award for 2009:


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