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About the 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium:

We are thrilled to announce that the 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium will take place in Durham, NC from January 31 – February 2, 2020!

The 2020 symposium will take place in the heart of Downtown Durham, at the Durham Convention Center, with events also taking place at sites of El Sistema USA Member organization, Kidznotes, and El Sistema USA partner, Duke University!

Picture of Durham Convention Center

Durham Convention Center (Durham, NC)


Join the El Sistema USA Symposium Committee!

Each year, a Symposium Committee made up of teaching artists, administrators, and leaders from ESUSA Member organizations is assembled to assist El Sistema USA staff with the organization and planning of the National Symposium.

This includes advising and organizing elements such as:

  • Programming & Content
  • Coordination & Logistics
  • Student Engagement
  • Marketing & Advertising 


  • The Symposium Committee will meet monthly via video conference from June 2019 – March 2020, with meetings switching to once every other week as the symposium approaches in January 2020.

Are you interested in joining the Symposium Committee for 2020? Click below to apply!

Important Dates:

May 1, 2019

  • Date & Location Announcement
  • Invitation to Join Symposium Committee

June 2019

  • Announcement of Symposium Theme
  • Pre-Sale of Registration Opens
  • Request for Proposal Process Opens 

July 31, 2019

  • Deadline for RFP Submissions

Early September 2019

  • Full Symposium Schedule & Presenters Announced 

Highlights from the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium “360 Degrees of Excellence”!

On January 30 – 31, 2019 in Detroit, MI our movement gathered for the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium, “360 Degrees of Excellence”. In total, 200+ attendees, including 30+ students from Detroit-area El Sistema-inspired programs, gathered to connect, learn, and share time together.

Thanks to El Sistema USA’s partnership with the Sphinx Organization, over 100+ attendees stayed to attend SphinxConnect 2019: Leaders Rising for free!

Photos from the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium!

“360 Degrees of Excellence” by the Numbers!

200+ Attendees

80+ Organizations Represented

20+ Sessions

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors & Partners!

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