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May 14, 2021
1-2 pm ET

Tickets are $75 for General Admission,

$35 for Teachers and Teaching Artists

We welcome you to join us for an hour of beautiful music and inspirational conversation. We will honor the legacy of the Founder of El Sistema USA®, Mark Churchill, through introducing the Mark Churchill Teacher of the Year Award and the El Sistema USA® Student of the Year Award. All donations are tax-deductible and advance our mission of supporting and growing a nationwide movement of programs inspired by El Sistema, to effect social change through music for children with the fewest resources and the greatest need. We look forward to you joining us and thank you for your support!

All funds raised at this event will go to support the creation of the Mark Churchill Teacher of the Year and El Sistema USA® Student of the Year Awards, as well as El Sistema USA® Student Seminarios. At these seminarios, El Sistema USA hosts intensive, week-long camps, bringing students from different Member programs together from all over the country for inspirational learning opportunities and performances.

Teacher of the Year Committee

El Sistema USA® has assembled a group of leaders in music for social change and the El Sistema movement to support the creation of the criteria for the selection of annual winners of the Mark Churchill Teacher of the Year Award and the El Sistema USA® Student of the Year Award.

Eric Williamson

Eric Williamson (he/him) is the Artistic Director of Lavender Light the Black and People of All Colors LGBTQ+ Gospel Choir. This choir is dedicated to continuing the legacy of singing…

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Jason is a cellist from Pittsfield Massachusetts. He is the son of two immigrant parents from El Salvador and Mexico. He started playing cello when he was 5 years old…

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Born and raised in the Frogtown neighborhood of St Paul, Minnesota, Mahogany is a current senior at The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts (SPCPA) with an emphasis on vocal…

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Guadalupe is a high school senior from Waukegan, Illinois. She has participated in El Sistema Ravinia since 2015. Since the start of her musical journey, Guadalupe has played the oboe…

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Nay “Nexx”

Nexx (he/they) was born in Thailand in a refugee camp and moved to the United States with their immediate family at the age of two, first living in Texas. They…

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I'm Angel, a junior from Los Angeles, California, with over 9 years of involvement in the ESUSA program through YOLA at Exposition. Currently attending online school, I aspire to pursue…

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Hillary is a 16-year-old cellist. She is a Junior at South Garner High School class of 2025. She began cello in 2012 with Kidznotes. After Kidznotes was no longer available…

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Ashley (she/her) is a 9th grade student at the Baltimore School for the Arts and has played the flute through the Baltimore Symphony OrchKids program for the past six years.…

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Mary is a violinist, baker, and high school senior at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She began playing the violin through the Youth Orchestra of Los…

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Be a sponsor!

Sponsors will be acknowledged online and in print, with increased visibility for higher levels of sponsorship. The descriptions of what your support could accomplish at El Sistema USA are illustrative, and all support goes where it is needed most. If you prefer that your gifts be directed to specific areas of impact, please reach out to for guidance!

$250 Cheers!

Share your connection to El Sistema USA and Mark Churchill with a note of congratulations or thanks!

$500 Celebrate!

Support our Members to attend a regional professional development seminar or the Annual Symposium.

 $1,000 Bravo!

Support on-the-ground consulting from ESUSA staff and team members, connecting with local programs and developing ESUSA nucleos nationwide.

$2,500 Standing Ovation!

Support adding staff and resource capacity to El Sistema USA, supporting program delivery and logistics.

Send your sponsorship with the enclosed return envelope or contact Katie Wyatt at to pledge your sponsorship today!

Tickets cost $75 for General Admission,

$35 for Teachers and Teaching Artists.

Get yours today!

Our Goal

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Thank you to our sponsors!

$2,500 Standing Ovation!

Lucia Powe

Linda Bunce

$1,000 Bravo!

Suki de Braganca

Rob Gofourth

Hugh MacGregor

Bonnie Reagan

Lisa Wong and Lynn Chang

Stanford Thompson

Susan Suhr

Kitty Pell

Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina

$500 Celebrate!

Nancy Davis


Anna Klimala

Jessica Therivel

$250 Cheers!

Kathleen Morrison

Katie Wyatt

The SPM Board

Cathy Chan

Sherie and Walter Bush

Anne Henry

Jo Martins

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