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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)


Announcing Call for Proposals:

El Sistema USA is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for the 2020 El Sistema USA National Symposium

The deadline to submit a Request for Proposal is Monday August 12, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT.

For information on areas of focus, proposal guidelines, and more, click below!

Important Dates:

May 1, 2019

  • Date & Location Announcement
  • Invitation to Join Symposium Committee

June 2019

  • Announcement of Symposium Areas of Focus
  • Request for Proposal Process Opens 

August 12, 2019

  • Deadline for RFP Submissions

Mid 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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