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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.

Dalanie Harris

Dalanie Harris is a double bassist, podcaster, and Black music and culture enthusiast from Los Angeles, CA. She began her musical studies with piano at age 7, and later switched…

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Jordan LaSalle

Jordan LaSalle (she/her/hers) fosters the conditions for equitable and accessible high quality arts education. As the Vice President of Education at the John F. Kennedy  Center for the Performing Arts,…

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Hermes Camacho

Dr. Hermes Camacho is a composer, conductor, and violinist based in Austin, Texas. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia and has garnered awards…

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Draylen Mason Fellow

The Draylen Mason Fellows Program is a full-scholarship initiative of Austin Soundwaves designed to honor the legacy of Draylen Mason and help further the musical and personal development of high…

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Angelica Cortez

Angelica Cortez (she/her) is a Los Angeles-born Chicana working at the intersection of music, justice, and education. Her work centers the artists, activists, and communities actively creating a more equitable…

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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


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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