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Reynaldo Ramirez is the Co-Founder and Program Director of Soundscapes and has served within the field of music education for over 20 years. Through his programs, he has reached over 100,000 children and in his capacity at Soundscapes, he designs and implements the organization’s music and social change curriculum, works with local and national organizations to create new and innovative partnerships, and helps expand the number of students served. He has held positions with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement and with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as Director of Education and Community Engagement. Reynaldo was instrumental in establishing a national U.S. network of El Sistema inspired programs known as El Sistema USA (ESUSA), and served as a founding board member and treasurer.

Reynaldo is a noted leader within the El Sistema movement. He currently serves as mentor to Buffalo String Works, an El Sistema inspired program in Buffalo, NY, through the ESUSA’s PRESTO Program. He has presented at universities and conferences throughout the country. Some of those presentations include the Abreu Fellowship at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, Take a Stand/YOLA National Conference in Los Angeles, CA, and ESUSA National Conference in Durham, NC. Reynaldo has written articles for The Ensemble a national El Sistema publication, and keeps a blog at


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