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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 30, 2024

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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.

Thursday, June 13th

10 am-5:00 pm Registration

11 am

1:00-2:15 pm

Admin Track: Empowering Communities: Innovations in Research Methodologies for Lasting Impact:
Teaching Artist Track Session
Sistema-Inspired 101

2:30-3:45 pm

Admin Track: Creating a Fulfilling and Sustainable Workplace Environment for our Teaching Artists
Teaching Artist Track Session
Sistema-Inspired 101

4:00-5:15 pm

Admin Track: Exploring Program Models & Design
Teaching Artist Track Session

6:00 pm
Keynote Speaker

7:30 pm
Welcome Reception

Friday, June 14th

10:00-11:00 am Opening Plenary

11:15 am-12:30 pm
Admin Track: Deepening Your School Partnerships Panel
Teaching Artist Track: Open Rehearsal: Practical Ensemble Rehearsal Approaches for Teaching Artists

12:30-2:00 pm Lunch

2:00-3:15 pm
Admin Track: Board Development
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
Teaching Artist Track Session

5:00-7:00 pm Dinner On Your Own

7:00-8:00 pm BCAS Strings Camp Concert

Saturday, June 15th

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

12:15-1:45 pm Lunch

1:45-3:00 pm
Admin Track: Fundraising
Teaching Artist Track: Behind the Podium: Perspectives and Practices of El Sistema-Inspired Conductors

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

Registration Rates

Early Bird Pricing ends March 30, 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.

Hotel Options

Butler University Fairview House

If you are looking for a more affordable option, you may stay on campus in a newly renovated single dorm. These are single rooms with private bathrooms with a shared kitchen and living room suite. The Fairview house is air conditioned. This can be added on later if you prefer to only register at first.

$110 per night

On-Campus Meal Pricing Options

Lunch will be provided each day to conference attendees. Breakfast and dinner is on your own. Breakfast is included at the Drury Hotel. There are many excellent restaurant options within a short driving distance of Butler’s campus.

You may also sign up for campus food for breakfast and dinner at a cost of $14 per additional meal. This can be added on later if you prefer to only register at first.


Attendees may purchase 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.


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