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2024 National Symposium

June 13 @ 8:00 am - June 15 @ 5:00 pm

June 13-15, 2024
Butler University
Indianapolis, IN

Calling all administrators, teaching artists, and changemakers working in the field of equity-based youth music programs and creative youth development!

Early Bird Pricing ends March 1, 2024

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Symposium Information

The National Symposium, hosted by El Sistema USA® in collaboration with the Indianapolis Center for Arts Education and Innovation, is scheduled to take place on the campus of Butler University.

This year ESUSA will curate sessions for teachers and administrators rather than a call for proposals from the field. Stay tuned for more details on the conference keynote, musical guest, and sessions

The overarching theme, “Inspire, Connect, Transform,” underscores the symposium’s aim to gather inspiration, foster national connections, and catalyze positive transformation in equity-based music education. The symposium will feature sessions on youth leadership (led by the ESUSA High School Youth Ambassador Cohort), best practices in equitable and high-quality music training, and organizational capacity building. There will be sessions curated for administrators and teachers.

The weekend is designed to provide actionable insights and solutions, equipping attendees to advance our collective and individual work as a field. Join us in fostering a community of change-makers, where inspiration meets impact.

The event will be made possible in part by a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Registration Rates

Early Bird Pricing ends March 1, 2024

Early Bird 2024 Regular Price
ESUSA Member Teaching Artist $175 $225
ESUSA Member Administrator $225 $275
Non Member $325 $375
Day Pass $100 $150
Virtual Pass $25 $50

Click the button below if you already registered for the event only and would like to add on-campus housing and meal items to your event pass.

Attendees may opt for on campus housing and food during the event. See below the options and pricing. Attendees may also rent an airbnb or reserve a room in a hotel downtown.

Butler University Fairview House

These are single rooms with private bathrooms with a shared kitchen and living room suite. The Fairview house is air conditioned.

$110 per night

Hotel Options

On-Campus Meal Pricing Options

Opt in to as many meals as you would like at the event at a cost of $14 per additional meal.

Lunch will be provided on Thursday to pre-conference attendees, and Friday and Saturday to conference attendees.


Attendees may purcahse a parking pass if you would like to park on campus for $10 a day.

If you have already registered for the ESUSA Symposium and would like to add housing, meals, or parking, please click the button below.

Symposium Schedule

  • 10 am-5:00 pm Registration
  • 11am Lunch
  • 1:00-2:15 pm
    • Admin Track: Empowering Communities: Innovations in Research Methodologies for Lasting Impact:
      • Elizabeth Moulthrop, Executive Director, El Sistema USA
      • Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Principal, MUSE Research
      • Deborah Ward, Ward Analytics
    • Teaching Artist Track Session
    • Sistema-Inspired 101
      • Reynaldo Ramirez, Co-Founder & Program Director, Soundscapes
  • 2:30-3:45 pm
    • Admin Track: Creating a Fulfilling and Sustainable Workplace Environment for our Teaching Artists
      • Paloma Ramos, Business & Memberships Manager, El Sistema USA
    • Teaching Artist Track Session
    • Sistema-Inspired 101
      • Armand Hall, Director of Programs, Gateways Music Festival
  • 4:00-5:15 pm
    • Admin Track: Exploring Program Models & Design
      • Gabrielle Molina, Executive Director of Project Music, Lead Program Consultant, El Sistema USA
    • Teaching Artist Track Session
  • 6:00 pm Keynote Speaker
  • 7:30 pm Welcome Reception

* Denotes current board member of El Sistema USA

  • 10:00-11:00 am Opening Plenary
  • 11:15 am-12:30 pm
    • Admin Track: Deepening Your School Partnerships Panel
      • Lauren Shelton*, Executive Director, Indianapolis Center for Arts Education and Innovation; Board Chair, El Sistema USA
    • Teaching Artist Track: Open Rehearsal: Practical Ensemble Rehearsal Approaches for Teaching Artists
      • Liber Cuervos*, Director of Education and Programs, Miami Music Project
  • 12:30-2:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00-3:15 pm
    • Admin Track: Board Development
      • Christine Taylor Conda, Director, Reach Teach Play Education Programs at Ravinia
    • Teaching Artist Track Session: ESUSA Youth Ambassador Cohort Panel
    • 3:15-3:45 pm Coffee Break
    • 3:45-5:00 pm
      • Admin Track: Navigating Impact: Insights from National Foundation Funders
        • Carol Minter*, Executive Director, Soundscapes
        • Karen Cueva*, Head of Operations, The Lewis Prize for Music
        • Chiho Feindler, CEO, Save the Music Foundation
      • Teaching Artist Track Session
  • 5:00-7:00 pm Dinner On Your Own
  • 7:00-8:00 pm BCAS Strings Camp Concert

* Denotes current board member of El Sistema USA

  • 9:30 am ESUSA Member Coffee Meet & Greet
  • 10:00-11:00 am ESUSA Membership Annual Meeting
  • 11:00 am-12:15 pm
    • Admin Track Session
    • Teaching Artist Track Session: Teacher Workshop with the String Queens
  • 12:15-1:45 pm Lunch
  • 1:45-3:00 pm
    • Admin Track: Fundraising
      • Anna Klimala, President, Miami Music Project
    • Teaching Artist Track: Behind the Podium: Perspectives and Practices of El Sistema-Inspired Conductors
        • Liber Cuervos*, Director of Education and Programs, Miami Music Project
  • 3:00-3:30 pm Coffee Break
  • 3:30-4:45 pm ESUSA Youth Ambassador Cohort Panel
  • 5:00-6:30 pm Musical Guest Panel and Concert: String Queens

* Denotes current board member of El Sistema USA


June 13 @ 8:00 am
June 15 @ 5:00 pm
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