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Orchestral Ensembles


El Sistema Oklahoma provides large-ensemble music opportunities for all participants. All orchestras are generally divided by grade level and musical ability. 

Nueva is our youngest group, consisting of all first-year musicians who are in grades 3rd-5th. These musicians attend El Sistema Monday through Friday and are automatically enrolled in Fundamentals, Composition, and participate in team-building activities on Tuesdays and Fridays. The 2022-2023 Nueva Band is conducted by Ms. Abigail Pappas, El Sistema's Director of Development and Nueva Clarinet instructor. 

Promesa typically consists of 2nd and 3rd-year musicians, expanding on their foundational musical skills to learn intermediate musical techniques. Promesa students attend El Sistema three days a week and also participate in Fundamentals and Composition. The 2022-2023 Promesa Orchestra is conducted by Ms. Cheyenne McCoy, El Sistema's Director of Site & Events and Cello Instructor. 

Alegria is El Sistema's middle school ensemble. The goal for Alegria students 

is to prepare them for the high school ensemble experience and to provide 

additional performance opportunities. Alegria students in the 7th and 8th grades have the option to take additional classes including Leadership and Guided Practice. The 2022-2023 Alegria Orchestra is conducted by Mrs. Sydney Arrendell. 

Esperanza is El Sistema's most advanced ensemble. Typically consisting of high school students, Esperanza performs repertoire that is both challenging and reflective of their musical abilities. This group participates in collaborative partnerships with guest conductors and university orchestras throughout the year. A goal for Esperanza musicians is to prepare them for post-secondary life, college experiences, and lifelong music-making. 

The 2022-2023 Esperanza Orchestra is conducted by Ms. Sam Sy, El Sistema's Director of Teacher & Student Support.

In addition to orchestral ensembles, all students are enrolled in instrument classes where they receive individualized instruction. Classes are divided by orchestra placement and are taught by local musicians, educators, and ESO alumni.

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