New Date: Orchestrating Diversity’s 2015 Spring Concert: May 10 – 3:00 PM


An Exciting Spring!

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A lot is going on with our program this Spring!  We have the benefit of Luiz Bartolhogomez, who is interning from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. He is teaching rhythmic literacy and helping with recruitment.  In addition a group of five students from Brown School are working on networking with us! And wait, if we’re not lucky enough, Samuel Desguin, from Bruxelles, Belgium is doing an interesting program on pitch literacy!

We have 21 students who are now studying beginning violin and the Movement and Music Class now has 6 students.

The Urban Youth Orchestra are well on their way to a stirring performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. Go ahead!  Rub your eyes! That’s right!  Our kids are about to play Tchaikovsky 5!

Don’t miss the concert in late April!

Orchestrating Diversity: El Sistema St. Louis launches it’s 7th season


Orchestrating Diversity: El Sistema St. Louis will begin it’s 2014-15 7th season with a concert on Dec. 7 at 7:00 PM in Holmes Lounge on the Washington University Campus.

The concert will feature a performance of Beethoven’s heroic “Egmont Overture”. This piece is written for the Göethe play of the same name, which stands as a political manifesto in which Egmont’s craving for justice and liberty is opposed to the despotic authority of the Duke of Alba. While he dies at the hands of the government, in the end, he is the martyr who brings freedom for others.

Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije Suite” was  written for a film about a make believe lieutenant created to dupe the authorities.

We will close with the seasonal favorite “The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky. With the “Chinese” and “Arabian Dances”, the Russian Trepek, the March and “Waltz of the Flowers”, this piece is everyone’s Seasonal favorite!

The events of this past August have heightened the awareness that diversity is an up-hill struggle in the St. Louis area. While an approach to bridge this gap would be to bring programs into the communities where these students reside, we feel it is a more powerful movement towards change to bring the North and South Sides together at last in a collaborative effort of providing orchestral education for all our young people.

Suggested donation: $5

Concert will be held at 7 pm in Homes Lounge – 1 Brookings Dr, St Louis, MO 63130

Orchestrating Diversity would like to thank the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, Regional Arts Commission, Mockingbird Foundation, Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation, Top Notch Violins, United Way, Washington University St. Louis, and University of Missouri-St. Louis for their generous support of our effort.

Master Classes with Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra players

Thanks to the generosity of the Fox Charitable Trust, Orchestrating Diversity presents a master-class workshop series in the months of October and November, 2014. Members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra will share their expertise with members of the Urban Youth Orchestra in this series of open master-classes The classes are open to the public. Workshops for brass players will occur on each Tuesday evenings and for strings on Thursday evenings.

The public is invited to attend as these master musicians work with the members of Orchestrating Diversity’s Urban Youth Orchestra. These classes will take place at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118.
Orchestrating Diversity is St. Louis’ only recognized El Sistema program which provides free training on orchestral instruments for our city’s youth in an attempt to empower the under-served and draw together all our youth into the rewards of diversity.

For more information contact Mark Sarich at
or call 314 922 4096.

The new season begins!

ORCHESTRATING DIVERSITY: El Sistema St. Louis/East St. Louis Announces the beginning of our 7th Season for the Urban Youth Orchestra.
Auditions are now open for all positions in the the orchestra. Repetroire will include Prokofieff: Leutenant Kije Suite, Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Tchaikovsky Symphony Nr 5, Rossini Guilliermo Tell Overture and other pieces.

Please send email to or call 314 922 4096 to set up an audition


Seeking Singer

Urban Youth Orchestra

IS SEEKING A TENOR to perform three of the five Rückert Lieder by Gustav Mahler in our Summer Concert at 3pm, Sunday, August 3 2014. If you are interested in auditioning to perform these beautiful and deeply moving pieces, please call Mark at 1 314 922 4096


Summer Programs 2014

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Spring Concert on April 27th at the Demetrious Johnson foundation. We always appreciate the support of our families, friends, and fans!

Next up is our summer programs which will run June 9-August 1. Get excited for:

  • The Urban Youth Symphony’s Summer Intensive, ages 12-18, weekdays 9am-3pm
  • Junior Urban Music Program, ages 7-12, weekday mornings
  • Movement and Music Classes, ages 4-6, weekday mornings

All are free to students. If you would like to sign up your child, please contact Tom Hill at

If you are interested in volunteering, check out the Volunteering page for opportunities in teaching private lessons and classes for all ages and instruments.

Upcoming Events and Programs

Spring Concert at Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation

Join us for our Spring Concert on April 27, 2014 at 3PM! The DJCF is located at 724 Union Blvd (just north of Delmar). On the program is:

  • Beethoven’s 5th Symphony
  • Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture
  • Mahler’s Rückert Lieder.

We’d love to see you there to support the Urban Youth Orchestra (UYO) and our Junior Urban Music Program (JUMP) students!


Summer Intensive Music Program

Orchestrating Diversity’s 6th annual free Summer Intensive will be for 8 weeks starting on June 9 at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. We accept students ages 12 to 18 who play classical instruments at any ability level. We will work with your children to improve their skills and will showcase their hard work with a Summer Concert, scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd. To register your child, email Tom Hill ( with the subject “Summer Intensive Interest” for more information.


Junior Urban Music Program (JUMP) Summer Program

JUMP’s 2nd annual summer program will begin on June 9 at the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation. We accept rising elementary school students who are willing to learn a string or wind instrument. To register your child, email Tom Hill ( with the subject “Summer JUMP Interest” for more information.

Summer Concert at Lafayette Park

Come join us for our summer concert on August 4, 2013, 3 PM at Lafayette Park United Methodist Church!!


The program includes:

  • Prelude to Act II from the opera “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner
  • Kol Nidrai, by Max Bruch, with soloist Devin Allen
  • Romance for Horn and Orchestra, by Camille Saint-Saëns, with soloist Ramone Smith
  • Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, Movement III, by W.A. Mozart, with soloist Alex Davies
  • Symphony No. 3 ,“Eroica” in E-flat Major, by Ludwig van Beethoven