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2019 -2020 ANNUAL REPORT


The Covid-19 crisis has brought many changes to our way of life. I am proud of our team’s resilience and creativity which has allowed us to remain helpful and relevant to our students during this time. After five years of work, our vision continues to be the same: to serve students with the least resources and most need and to provide them with music education that encourages personal and community growth. Last academic year, we served 137 students representing 20 different Tulsa Public Schools. We paused our in-person programs mid-March and quickly pivoted to offer online learning opportunities. Our faculty shared lessons on YouTube and we presented a highly innovative virtual concert that was seen by more than 10,000 people on Facebook. In 2021, we plan to expand to two new satellite campuses at Wayman Tisdale Elementary and the Martin West Regional Library. We envision “Sistema Music Hubs” where we can serve students right in their own communities. We have also partnered with the University of Tulsa Federal Work Study program to work with college students and grow their skills in music teaching and social innovation. The program is in a good financial position. We received relief from the CARES Act payroll protection program. The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation is helping us start an endowment fund with a $50,000 dollar-for-dollar matching available until December 31, 2020. We have another endowment fund already in place at Boston Avenue UMC. People are becoming very interested in giving to these long-term, visionary funds. Sistema Tulsa will be available to all this year, but it will look different from our previous seasons. Our goal is to provide excellence in teaching, whether virtually or in-person, where students feel connected to their music and community; and establish weekly lessons and practice routines that would allow them to focus and feel a sense of structure in their lives. I am thankful for your support and encouraged by our program’s resilience. I am especially grateful for my colleagues at the Boston Avenue church who have helped keep our program strong in this unprecedented time. We can look forward to another meaningful year with big dreams and goals!

Jose Luis Hernandez

Jose Luis Hernandez

THE JAMES AND MARY BARNES FOUNDATION DIRECTOR OF SISTEMA TULSA (jlhernandez@bostonavenue.org)

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INTERACTIVE: See our Virtual Concert presentation featuring Sistema Tulsa students and teachers playing from home!

A SUCCESSFUL YEAR Students from Elementary through High School representing 20 Tulsa Public Schools and beyond participated during the year across all our free-tuition programs. We presented 16 in-person musical performances and a virtual concert that reached over 10,000 viewers on social media. Students were selected to attend the YOLA National Festival and the Quartz Mountain Festival at home. Teachers created an archive of more than 200 video lessons for our students. Our program begins partnerships with the Martin West Public Library, Wayman Tisdale Elementary, and the University of Tulsa True Blue Neighborhood service programs. S I S T E M A T U L S A M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T

To nurture community and improve young people’s lives through the practice of music.

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“The Sistema Team is always resourceful and willing to try new and creative ways to help children learn.” DANA SOLOMON BOARD MEMBER

“Sistema Tulsa has created a transformational community of love and learning that crosses barriers of age, ethnicity, economy, gender and religion. It is an inspiration any time I am able to participate. ” D AV I D W I G G S , S E N I O R M I N I S T E R AT T H E B O S T O N AV E N U E U N I T E D M E T H O D I S T C H U R C H

“Teachers in the program are music professionals and trained educators who are fully committed to growing their students’ selfesteem and talents. Public performance, caring mentorship and skilled instruction all combine to make El Sistema a standout for music in our community.” DR. DEBORAH GIST, SUPERINTENDENT OF TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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SISTEMA TULSA

BY THE NUMBERS “Sometimes you are afforded the opportunity to be a part of something truly remarkable, and Sistema Tulsa is that for me. It merges the great passions of my life, music and education, and allows me to inform, lead, and inspire future generations.” RACHEL HORTON

TEACHER AND DIRECTOR’S AWARD 2020

15 PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS 22 VOLUNTEER HOURS 418

PROGRAM TEACHERS

137 SCHOOLS REPRESENTED 28 SNACKS SERVED 4347 NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED

FACEBOOK POST REACH

106,219

16 CONCERT ATTENDANCE 15,399 DAYS OF INSTRUCTION 82 NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES

INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS

152

61%

36%

Lucas has been with Sistema since the third grade. He plays saxophone, piano, and composes music. We are proud to support our students with music learning programs from Elementary through High School!

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OUR GOALS

At the core of Sistema Tulsa’s vision is the idea that all children and youth have the tools and means to succeed in music and in life. During the last five years, we have been relentless in our pursuit of opening doors to arts learning in an environment of trust and respect. People from all backgrounds, beliefs, and ages come together to make music and celebrate a community that strives for excellence. Our goals for the next five years are:

• Becoming the most effective after-school music learning program in our region • Identifying and engaging communities where access to music learning is limited • Creating systems of equity in music learning for marginalized and diverse students • Training and supporting music teachers who can make a social impact • Partnering with arts leaders and organizations to leverage our resources • Inspiring excellence as a musical arts and social services non-profit organization • Advancing development and fundraising for continued financial stability

P O L I C Y R E P O R T: In 2018, nearly 30 percent of public school students in Oklahoma went to a school with no Fine Arts classes. Arts programs are often the first classes administrators cut when schools have financial struggles because these are not tested subjects. Rural schools and low-income schools are affected the most, thus widening the gap of opportunity (StateImpact Oklahoma, 2019).

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Did you know? When fewer minority students practice and learn music, it also affects the integrity of the arts ecosystem. Approximately only 1.8 percent of members in all American professional orchestras are Black and 2.5 percent are Hispanic (The New York Times, 2018).


JOSE ANTONIO ABREU E L S I S T E M A’ S F O U N D E R

In 2013, the Boston Avenue Senior Pastor and Director of Music were moved by the example of the late Dr. Abreu and his work with El Sistema and together with the congregation discerned to host a chapter for children in the Tulsa community. We launched the program and welcomed an inaugural group of 35 students in September of 2015. As an example of an innovative mission for the community, we trust that imparting music education can encourage children and youth to reach their full potential and awaken the spirit of a fruitful life.

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

“People that attend our concerts often tell us that they witness “magic.” For a while, I said, It is just a lot of hard work, and often chaos, that comes together for a great performance. I am revisiting that statement now: It is magic! Concerts begin as a big idea and blossom into experiments, and when you add our students, nurture community, and put some hard work, it truly becomes magic.” K E L S E Y R O O N E Y- D O R S T, Educ a t i on D i rec t o r, S i ste m a Tu l s a

“El Sistema work is more than merely good for young people. It aspires to transform young lives, and widely succeeds in setting a healthier, fuller trajectory for stressed young lives” ERIC BOOTH Li nc ol n C ent er, C o - F o u n d e r Te a c hi ng A r t i s t s De v e l o p m e n t L a b

From our guiding Sistema philosophy: For an orchestra to work it must envision itself as both an artistic and social group. The orchestra acts as a model society in which an atmosphere of competition between individuals is replaced by shared aspiration and investment.

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INTERACTIVE: We ask students to join us to discover how music can inspire their lives!

Sistema Tulsa students love to perform for others. We play and sing music from all genres, from classical to sacred, holiday to folk in and around churches, civic venues, sports ďŹ elds, concert halls, and historical sites.

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

For many Sistema students, the December concert is their first experience playing on stage. It is a remarkable opportunity for them to experience the joy of music surrounded by family and friends. Our repertoire included: Somewhere in my Memory from Home Alone, A Holst Christmas, and Up on the Housetop with Ukuleles. The Sistema Tulsa Sings choir made its debut with a Christmas Medley accompanied by our full symphony orchestra!

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“Informances” twice a year bring parents and teachers together to learn about their students’ progress. Students, parents, and teachers come together to share the joy of learning. This is the very first time parents see their students play their instruments.


We returned to the Tulsa Historical Society with a program featuring Elementary and Middle school students who performed their ďŹ rst symphonic works with energy and poise.

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

Student Levi Davenport performed a movement of a Mozart Piano Concerto together with the Community Youth Orchestra.

In December, the Boston Avenue sanctuary is always a festive space: The CYO performed a baroque Sinfonia by George Telemann to open the Natalie O. Warren presentation of Handel’s Messiah.

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Our last in-person concert of the season featured music from movies including West Side Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond, and Beauty and the Beast.

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BENEFIT CONCERT

Violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Amy Yang offered an inspiring performance in the acoustically generous Boston Avenue Sanctuary. The Lark-Yang duo represented a strong fusion of musicianship and artistry. Both artists were equal in their musical contribution and proved that an orchestra of two can be as effective as an orchestra of 100 in their ability to create a rapturous sound. Thank you to the Brannin Family Foundation once again for sponsoring this memorable event and beneďŹ t concert for our students to enjoy!

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“Tessa Lark and Amy Yang played with unmatched artistry and passion that presented the pieces in completely new ways. Both on and off stage, they were kind, inspiring, and engaging. I’m still in awe!” Sistema Tulsa musicians opened the concert.

JULIA HUCKABY S i st e ma Tu l sa al u mn

Ms. Lark spent a day working with Sistema Tulsa students and local area teachers who convened to play music from the Mark O’Connor school of American string playing.

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OUR VIRTUAL CONCERT WHAT IF WE COULD BRING OUR STUDENTS TOGETHER TO PLAY A CONCERT, FROM HOME?

When Covid-19 appeared, we pivoted quickly from offering weekly lessons and full orchestra rehearsals to delivering programming via YouTube. More than 200 virtual lessons were shared. When we realized the “Big Concert” needed to be cancelled, our team came together and brainstormed a meaningful alternative. A virtual concert! Leaders rose to the occasion sharing talents we did not know they had. A cello teacher with a talent for video game design would create a sophisticated animation; others would work on audio editing, playing orchestra parts, and teaching those parts. After lots of communication to encourage students, wrestling with technological glitches at times, and focused work from everyone, we premiered the concert and it was seen by more than 10,000 people on Facebook! “The virtual concert was a total team effort weaving artistry, technology and resilience by everyone.” MR. HERNANDEZ

“Everyone – from the beginning musician to the most accomplished artist, from the teachers to the conductors, from the students to their parents – had to prepare for a concert in a brand-new way. It was aesthetically and mind-blowingly successful. Every student was given the opportunity to shine, and the coordination of all performers was technologically awesome.” KAREN GADDIS A s fe at u re d in t h e Tul s a Worl d

HOW DID THE PROCESS WORK?

All students received videos of our conductors leading the scores and their teachers performing individual parts. We aimed to perform very expressively while feeling the inner tempo of the music. We incorporated a click-track or metronome sound to help stay together from a distance. Each of the student videos then got synced to form a larger ensemble. There were many artistic and technical considerations to make this work: from everyone learning the music well to audio editing and video animation. This is one of the most ambitious and creative projects Sistema Tulsa has ever done. Some have said, “it was magical!”

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A BIG IDEA

10 SISTEMA TULSA COMMUNITIES PLANTED ACROSS TULSA BY 2030 Introducing our Sistema Music Hubs Our goal is to serve students with the least resources and greatest needed for music education. Effective outreach means that we keep all of our programs free of cost and accessible to everyone. It also means that we now must also engage students in their own communities and ask that like-minded leaders in those communities help us build programs that impact their specific context and reality. All in all, this is a process of shared ownership and responsibility for expanding artistic educational opportunities across Tulsa. With this vision in mind, we are announcing our expansion project to create and facilitate “Sistema Music Hubs.” We hope to nurture a network of Sistema communities across all Tulsa that share a culture of musical achievement and social impact with children and youth right in their own neighborhoods. Over the long term, this growth includes mentoring and identifying new teachers and non-profit leaders to help sustain progress. We begin this journey in 2021 working with two partners: Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy and the Martin Regional Public Library.

Located in northwest Tulsa, the Tisdale Fine Arts Academy is a distinguished TPS and A+ Elementary School that prides itself on arts integration into its curriculum for students Pre-K through 5th grade. Mr. Schmenk, teacher and leader of the program says, “I hope that I can give more kids a head start into the world of music and a better chance in academics by giving them a chance to play band instruments such as flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.”

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Located at 26th and Garnett, the Martin Regional Library is a vibrant community center for all of east Tulsa. The program’s leader Amairani Perez says, “Tulsa City-County Library’s partnership with Sistema Tulsa in East Tulsa has the potential to expand the community’s access to music learning opportunities. We are excited to see the outcomes of this great resource for students, especially for our Latino and Hispanic families in East Tulsa.”

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SISTEMA TULSA RESEARCH AND EVALUATION In addition to reaching musical and artistic milestones, our formula for measuring success is based on two broad longitudinal questions: How can the program grow effectively? What is the impact of the program over time? Sistema Tulsa is expanding carefully based on prior operational and pedagogical experience as well as the strength of its earned recognition and support networks. We are tracking outcomes from several source points and piecing together a bigger picture of the positive effect this program has on our learning community. This report highlights data points from our last five years. As we develop our program over time we strive to provide evidence that it has become:

A. A proven provider of high quality and sustainable educational services B. An organization recognized as an asset to all of its community partners and stakeholders C. A community-wide program known both for its musical excellence and for its positive association with the socio-emotional success of its students

D. A model for eliciting motivation and a growth mindset from all participants What we have learned so far… Sistema Tulsa is:

• Inclusive of all races and socio-economic groups • Giving students a better love of music and broadening their horizons

• Teaching discipline and community YEAR 1: Key Findings from the Sistema Tulsa Year-End Report as reported by the Center for Family Resilience at Oklahoma State University (Merten, 2016)

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OF STUDENTS WANT TO GET BETTER AT PLAYING THEIR MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. OF PARENTS BELIEVE THAT THE PROGRAM HAS TAUGHT THEIR CHILD TO WORK HARD TO REACH HIS/HER GOALS. OF PARENTS WOULD RECOMMEND THE PROGRAM TO OTHER PARENTS.

87% 100%

OF STUDENTS BELIEVE THEY HAVE MADE THEIR PARENTS/ GUARDIANS PROUD BY BEING IN THE SISTEMA PROGRAM. OF PARENTS TALK WITH THEIR CHILD ABOUT WHAT HE/SHE IS DOING IN THE PROGRAM.


YEAR 2: Key Findings of in-house surveys on musical and self-efficacy in high-school level groups (Hernandez, 2017)

90%

9 OUT OF 10 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REPORT THAT IN ALL OF THEIR TIME PLAYING MUSIC, THIS YEAR MARKED THE MOST IMPROVEMENT. AUTONOMY AND PROGRESS ARE CLEAR PREDICTORS OF STUDENT SUCCESS. SEEING IMPROVEMENT OVER TIME ENHANCES A GROWTH MINDSET.

100%

10 OUT OF 10 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REPORT THAT THEY WOULD RECOMMEND SISTEMA TULSA TO THEIR PEERS. OUR PROGRAM GROWS AS A RESULT OF POSITIVE EXPERIENCE AND RECOMMENDATIONS. STUDENTS WHO RECOMMEND THE PROGRAM ALSO FEEL MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS SUCCESS.

YEAR 3: Key Findings based on Wolf-Brown’s social development survey for national Sistema-inspired programs (adapted by Hernandez, 2018)

RESILIENCE

FOCUS

NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, YOU CAN BECOME BETTER AT MUSIC.

I ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION IN CLASSES, I NEVER LET MY MIND WANDER.

10.26 %

10.26 %

10.26 % VERY TRUE

20.51 %

VERY TRUE

25.64 %

A LOT TRUE

79.49 %

LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

A LOT TRUE LITTLE TRUE

43.59 %

NOT TRUE

AFFIRMATION

COMMUNITY

MY PARENTS ARE PROUD OF ME BEING A MUSICIAN.

I WORK WELL WITH OTHER KIDS IN MY GROUP.

10.53 %

18.42 %

13.16 % VERY TRUE A LOT TRUE

71.05 %

LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

VERY TRUE

31.58 %

A LOT TRUE

50 %

LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

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Joy matters: “My student attended the Sistema Tulsa Summer Camp this year, and absolutely loved it. He is so excited that Sistema happens during the school year, too, and has been very clear that he wants to attend. Sistema Tulsa has already been a great benefit to him - he was such a happy kid every day of camp!” *2019-2020 E P P RO G R A M E N RO L L M E N T

Self-improvement matters: Incoming parents see our program as a platform for self-improvement, they tell us that their students like to “perform, need structure, are creative and social, and see music as a way to broaden their horizons.” *2019-2020 E P P RO G R A M E N RO L L M E N T

Effort during the pandemic: “Thank you for leading an incredible team of teachers and volunteers at this difficult time. I appreciate every effort Sistema has made to help keep students learning and engaged. It helps to know some things are under control during this crisis. My student is looking forward to getting back, at least, in small groups to play together in the Fall.” *2020-2021 C YO P RO G R A M E N RO L L M E N T

YEAR 4: Sistema Tulsa Elementary age students are performing at a high standard on various socio-emotional indicators including: curiosity, grit, optimism, self-control, social intelligence, and zest. *KEY FINDINGS BASED ON THE KSDE SOCIO-EMOTIONAL CHARACTER GROWTH TOOL KIT (A DA P T E D BY H E R N A N D EZ, E T A L, 2019)

I TAKE AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN LEARNING MY MUSIC

I STICK WITH LEARNING MY MUSIC FOR MORE THAN A FEW WEEKS

12% VERY TRUE

32%

56%

22%

A LOT TRUE LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

12%

VERY TRUE

51%

A LOT TRUE LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

19 I ACTIVELY SHOW ENTHUSIASM WHILE PLAYING MUSIC

I PAY ATTENTION AND RESIST DISTRACTIONS IN REHEARSAL


12%

22%

VERY TRUE

56%

32%

A LOT TRUE LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

I ACTIVELY SHOW ENTHUSIASM WHILE PLAYING MUSIC

VERY TRUE

51%

12%

A LOT TRUE LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

I PAY ATTENTION AND RESIST DISTRACTIONS IN REHEARSAL

3%

12%

14%

37%

46%

VERY TRUE

39%

A LOT TRUE LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

49%

I CARE ABOUT THE SUCCESS AND FEELINGS OF OTHERS AT SISTEMA

A LOT TRUE LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

I AM THANKFUL FOR BEING IN THIS MUSIC PROGRAM

7%

17% VERY TRUE

17%

VERY TRUE

A LOT TRUE

66%

VERY TRUE

22%

LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

A LOT TRUE

70%

LITTLE TRUE NOT TRUE

YEAR 5: Sistema Tulsa Long-Term Engagement Survey (Hernandez, 2020) We asked Sistema Tulsa students (who have been a part of the program longest) questions about the impact music learning has had over time. A pool of students was selected and respondents were chosen at random. All students reported receiving an average of A and B grades at school, with the majority receiving A’s. Music is important or very important to them. The majority agrees that it has taught them discipline, focus, and responsibility. All students reported that they would continue playing their instrument after high school. They are more likely to consume music on YouTube or via a streaming service rather than listen to the radio or attend a live performance.

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100% of students reported that if given the choice to start learning something new right now, it was “very likely” that they would choose music. 100% of students share a strong identification with the concept of being a “musician” and not just a student of music. This sense of agency or ownership of your identity, we believe, is a strong factor in navigating membership in an orchestra or community with confidence. 40% of students had wanted to quit learning music at some point but didn’t. In some cases, they reminded themselves that music “was meant to make people happy” or that it is “something to be enjoyed” even in the midst of failing to win an audition. Students appreciate their peers and community and this is often a motivator to carry-through: “Going to rehearsals and knowing I get to see and play with some of my best friends truly encouraged me.” Since the Sistema model plays an emphasis on ensemble playing, we asked students to tell us: What makes an orchestra or ensemble performance successful? Students pointed to the “need to communicate their music” while playing with others; or the symbiotic relationship between “striving to work collaboratively while also striving to do your best individually.” The sense of knowing there is community and support in the process is important: “I’m not alone in this,” they stated.

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AWARDS

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Director’s Award For any staff, teacher, and volunteer member who portrays exceptional dedication during any given year to help our organization fulfill its mission. 2020 RECIPIENTS: Rachel Horton (teacher) and

Nancy Portteus (volunteer)

Ms. Horton shows tremendous dedication to our program and students. She teaches our Elementary students and excels as a thoughtful leader making sure that everyone is learning, participating, and being inspired by music. Mrs. Portteus is very dedicated to the program, she always comes with ideas and engaging activities to share with our students. The students love her quiet activities classroom and she is always there to encourage and support everyone in our program.

Community Award Community Service is at the heart of everything we do. This is a new recognition given to a student or parent who exemplifies a servant heart to help our community thrive. 2020 RECIPIENTS: Gyanna Beiter (student) and Jennifer Solis (parent)

Gyanna has spent many hours as a volunteer this year. She helped us with her service by volunteering time to serve snacks, arrange name tags, greet people, and most importantly, always having a positive attitude. Ms. Solis is always there to support our program. As a special education teacher, her calm and reassuring presence with our students leading to and during important events is always helpful. She always encourages our colleagues and also shares wonderful photography of our special Sistema moments.

Perfect Attendance Attendance is one of the most important differentiators of student achievement. This year’s perfect attendance students were: Chloe Gray, Jaylin Smiley, Genevieve Bartko, Cameron Darland, Henry Fischer, Victor Fischer, and Joshua Skelton.

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ORGANIZATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Chair: Janet Purinton Senior Advisor: Dr. Joel Panciera Director: Jose Luis Hernandez Secretary: Patty Mitchell Governance Committee: Janet Purinton,

Angelyn Dale, Cheryl Chambers, Linda Frazier, Jose Luis Hernandez, Jim McCann, Dr. Joel Panciera, Mary Wheeler-Brown, Rev. David Wiggs

At-large Members: Terri Brannin, Irene Brown, Dr. Bill Burnett, Rev. EvaMarie Campbell, Angenette De Bose, Mary Elliott, Karen Gaddis, Scott Gregory, Jennifer Huckaby, Grace Markes, Patty Mitchell, Ann Nelson, Kate Parker, Elaine Reusser, Kelsey RooneyDorst, Dana Solomon EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Kelsey Rooney-Dorst (leader), David Carter, Lauren Fogarty, Karen Gaddis, Jose Luis Hernandez, Travis Henson, Rachel Horton, Jennifer Miller, Debra Morgan, Jeremy Parker, Rob Reck.

SISTEMA TULSA FACULTY & STAFF: Jose Luis Hernandez (teacher/ program director) Kelsey Rooney-Dorst (teacher/education director) Patty Mitchell (program services coordinator) Janet Coleman (strings) Gregory Dorst (brass) Valerie Fischer (piano accompanist)

Brian Gault (woodwinds) Travis Henson (musicianship) Rachel Horton (lead musicianship) Ethan Landis (strings) Ginny LeDoux (choral) Joshua Lowery (strings)

Victoria Mayfield (strings) Debra Morgan (lead strings) Eric Noble (brass) Ahmed Omar

Benjamin Schmenk (woodwinds)

Helena Singleton (strings) Bekah Stoops (brass)

(musicianship/choral)

Taron Pounds (ukulele)

*Special thanks to guest faculty and musicians Mason Combes, Valerie Hinkle, Kauterra Fabian, Jeniffer Miller, Jennifer Patterson, Kathy Rad, Sean Rooney, Jack Thompson, and Rickey Washington. Members of the Boston Avenue Instrumental Music Guild who provided musical support include Caleb Barrows, Blaire Hines, and Todd Wall.

2020 VIRTUAL CONCERT CREDITS: Ethan Landis, production, editing, and rendering Joshua Lowery, animation and virtual set design Brian Gault, audio editing and mixing

Conducting, learning and development: Debra Morgan, Rachel Horton, Kelsey Rooney-Dorst, Patty Mitchell, Jose Luis Hernandez Alumni: Bear Goines, Julia Huckaby, Douglas Perry, Helena Singleton

YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEERS: (10 hours or more) Gyanna Beiter, Mary Wheeler Brown, Bill Burnett, John Campbell, Rosa Castellanos, Cheryl Chambers, Hudson Coats, Kaitlyn Fusco, Jim Lee, Maggie McDuff, Liz Pierron, Nancy Portteus, Janet Purinton, Debbie Rooney, Jennifer Solis ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS: Lucas Beiter, Gregory Dorst, Audrey Gray, Taylor Hernandez, Carolyn Lee, and Bailey Mitchell. CONCERT AND EVENT PRODUCTION SUPPORT : Upul Aththatage, David Carter (Tulsa Symphony), Belynda Clanton, Irene Brown (Oklahoma Methodist Manor), Angelyn Dale, Margaret Davis, Cliff Duncan, Gregory Dorst, Alex Kossakoski (Tulsa Drillers), Jen Logsdon-Kellogg, Felix Morales, Debra Morgan, Joe Morgan, Nick Noland, Jeff Pascoe and Hannah Campbell (BAUMC TV Production), Michelle Place (Tulsa Historical Society), Sonya Pratt (Senior Star at Burgundy Place), Kathy Rad (Harmony Project), Debbie Rooney, Willard Wiley. Special thanks to the Boston Avenue Greeters and Security Council ministry members and their leaders Karen Brownlee Campbell and Rev. EvaMarie Campbell.

BOSTON AVENUE UMC CUSTODIANS: Upul Aththatage, Margaret Davis, Nick Noland, Willard Wiley – Thank you for your support!

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TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS REPRESENTED: Bell Elementary Council Oak Elementary Booker T. Washington High School Darnaby Elementary Carnegie Elementary Dove School of Discovery Tulsa Carver Middle School Dual Language Academy Chouteau High School Edison High School OTHER PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: EPIC Charter School Jenks Middle School Holland Hall Marquette Catholic School Holy Family Cathedral School Monte Cassino School

Joshua Lowery leading music at the Tulsa Historical Society

Edison Middle School Emerson Elementary Grissom Elementary Lanier Elementary MacArthur Elementary

Mark Twain Elementary Mayo Elementary School Patrick Henry Elementary Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences Wayman Tisdale Elementary

St. Pius X School Union Middle School

Kelsey Rooney-Dorst leads a student informance

GET INVOLVED Professionals of all backgrounds and high-school age students participate as Sistema Tulsa mentors and volunteers. Roles include inventory manager (in partnership with Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma) and leading Zumba Kids, Academic Enrichment, Quiet Activity, or Physical Activity. Volunteer Front Desk Managers and Evening Ambassadors are needed as well. If you have time and skills you would like to share with our students and program please contact us. During the Covid-19 contingency, we follow a safety protocol and modified activities.

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DONORS

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We are grateful for our donors who have taken a leap of faith with us to help develop and sustain a program that can transform communities through music education. List of Donations from August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020.

INSTITUTIONAL SPONSORSHIP:

Boston Avenue United Methodist Church** F O U N DAT I O N S:

Brannin Family Foundation** Charles and Marion Weber Foundation* Children’s Medical Charities Association* George and Wanda Brown Foundation^^ Jim and Mary Barnes Family Foundation** Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation **

Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg and Robert A. Macklanburg Jr., Foundation* Saied Family Foundation^^ State Farm Foundation^^ The Helmerich Trust*

ENDOWMENT GIFTS: OUMF Match Program

Angela Simants^ Anonymous^ Barbara Slagle^ Carlye O. Jimerson^ Carolyn and Jim Lee^

Dana and Stuart Solomon^ Danny and Lora Williams^ Deborah Huettner^ Douglas Fischer^ Greg and Emily Shaver^ Janet Purinton^

Jeri S. Strange^ Jerry and Joanne Emmons^ Judy Kays Thomas^ Linda Pierce^ Maggie Galloway^ Marc and Sheri Nellis^

Marguerite Chapman^ Marjorie Monnet^^ Sarah and Samuel Smith^^ Shari and Lynn Goodwin^^ Suzanne Taylor Hood^ Terri Brannin^

O U M F M ATC H P R O G R A M - #G I V I N G T U E S DAY

Cheryl and Larry Chambers^ Janet Purinton^ Dianne LaFever ^ Jennifer Huckaby^

Travis Henson^

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Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg and Robert A. Macklanburg Jr., Foundation^^ Terry and Pam Carter^^ We currently operate Sistema Tulsa as a program under the umbrella of the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, which is a 501(c) (3) organization. Funds donated to Sistema Tulsa are held in a segregated church account to benefit Sistema Tulsa exclusively. All monetary donations receive a tax-deductible receipt.

To donate, please make checks payable to Sistema Tulsa at Boston Avenue UMC or donate online through our partner Network for Good at sistematulsa.org/donate

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Visionary Circle ** Director’s Circle * Sustainer ^^ Friend ^


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GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS:

Alexandra Bergman^ Amanda Fusco^ Ana-Maria Lloyd Jones^ Angenette DeBose^ Ann Nelson^ April Felts^ Barbara Berklacy^ Barbara Slagle (2)^ Barry and Gayle Farmer^^ Betty Littleton^ Bill and Susan Thomas^^ Bill Salwaechter^ Boston Avenue United Methodist Women^ Cheryl and Larry Chambers^ Dana and Stuart Solomon (2)^ David and Brenda Worthington^ Douglas Fischer^ Earl and Joanna Tuers^ Elizabeth Pierron^ Ginny and Jerry LeDoux (2)^ Irene Brown^ Jamie Farrah (3)^^ Janet Purinton^ Jeff Allen^ Jeff Hansen (2)^ Jennifer Huckaby^ Jennifer Solis^

Jeri S. Strange^ Jerry Pocopanni^^ Jill Tenzythoff^ John Campbell^ John Paul and Shirley O’Neal^^ John Sherman^ Judy Kays Thomas^ Kate Parker (2)^ Larry and Judith Reiners^ Linda and Marc Frazier^ Linda Jones^ Linda Reid^ May Smiley^ Nancy Portteus^ Pat and Debbie Rooney^^ Patricia Pocopanni^^ Peggye Enlow^ Rick and Melanie Evans ^ Roger and Charlotte Rowe^ Roundtable Class^ Sandra Boman^ Sarah and Samuel Smith^^ Shari and Lynn Goodwin^^ Sheila Parr (2)^ Terry and Pam Carter^^ Tom and Charlotte Hardgrave^ Vondale and Jan Graham (2)^

Our donors have said: “We want to improve the lives of deserving youth through music education which has spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social and cultural benefits.” 26


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FOUNDING PARTNERS We count on the dedication and support of our community partners to build and sustain a successful program. They provide us with exemplary support and encouragement.

BOSTON AVENUE UMC LEADERS:

Rev. David Wiggs, Senior Pastor Angelyn Dale, Executive Director and General Counsel Rev. Eva Marie Campbell, Associate Pastor Dr. Joel Panciera, Director of Music Ann Nelson, Finance Director

Sheri Nellis, Accounting Director Belynda Clanton, Administrative Liaison Cliff Duncan, Facilities Director Caitlin Dryke, Communications Director

O K L A H O M A U N I T E D M E T H O D I S T F O U N DAT I O N L E A D E R S:

Bill Junk, Executive Director The Hon. David Russell, Board Chairman

Linda Lambert, Petree Grant Committee Julie Fogarty, Director of Administrative Services

TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS LEADERS:

Dr. Deborah Gist - Superintendent Tulsa Public Schools Danielle Neves - Deputy Chief of Academics TPS Teaching and Learning JoAnn Caldwell - Fine Arts Content Manager TPS Fine Arts Department

Melisa Christman - Strategic Support Specialist TPS Teaching and Learning John Potter - Supervisor TPS Transportation

New Partner Spotlight: “We are thrilled about our Community Service Work-Study partnership with Sistema Tulsa. It is an opportunity that benefits everyone, and we love the enthusiasm our university students have as they are able to teach, mentor, and share a passion for music with younger children.� - Melissa Abdo, Program Coordinator, True Blue Neighbors

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS PA RT N E RS H I P S:

Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Tulsa Public Schools, El Sistema USA, Saied Music Company, University of Tulsa True Blue Neighbors, YOLA National Festival, EmpowerMusic Project, Oklahoma Arts Institute, our dedicated TPS Principals from partner schools and beyond, the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma who provided “Super Snacks” to our students and faculty, and the generous members of the Boston Avenue UMC. MEDIA AND BRANDING:

Bandzoogle Inc. (in-kind web design and hosting), Facebook (social media), Tenth Floor Studios (graphic design), Caitlin Dryke (institutional photo and video), Jennifer Solis (photo), Taylor Hernandez (voiceover artist), Ethan Landis (video editing), BAUMC TV Ministry (video crew), Rev. David Wiggs (pulpit announcements). P R E S S M E N T I O N S A N D P U B L I C AT I O N S:

Tulsa World (Karen Gaddis’ Letter and Director’s Op-Ed), “The Ensemble” National El Sistema Newsletter, Channel 8 Broadcasting (Messiah Performance), Public Radio Tulsa PSAs (Rich Fisher and Scott Gregory), Boston Avenue UMC “The Word” (Articles by Caitlin Dryke, Patty Mitchell, and Jose Luis Hernandez). C O M M U N I T Y C O L L A B O R AT I O N S:

Special thanks to the Tulsa Drillers for the opportunity to sing on the field, Michelle Place and the Tulsa Historical Society for hosting and supporting our Fall concert, David Carter and the Tulsa Symphony for hosting a recognition recital, Kathy Rad and the Harmony Project for our performance collaboration; the Tulsa Ballet (Bethany Kirby), Tulsa Opera (Kate Davis), Chamber Music Tulsa (J.J. Cody), and Philbrook Museum (Christine Hostetler) for offering free tickets for our students and teachers. To Dr. Joel Panciera for supporting the performance of Handel’s “Zadok the King” during a Boston Avenue UMC service which aired live on Channel 8 television. Thank you to Boston Avenue UMC for invitations to the annual “Hoedown” Family Festival, to our Chaplain the Rev. Jen Logsdon-Kellogg for sending notes of encouragement to students, and the Rev. Sara Pugh-Montgomery and her missions team for providing student hospitality and welcome packets.

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FINANCIALS

SISTEMA TULSA

SUPPORT AND REVENUES

INCEPTION AUGUST 1, 2019 TO JULY 31, 2020 AMOUNT

PERCENTAGE

60,000

18%

160,425

49%

Individual Contributions

40,654

13%

Trust Income

26,676

8%

PPP Loan/Grant

39,261

12%

TOTAL INCOME AND REVENUE

327,016

100.00%

Institutional Support Foundation Grants

Operating Fund Balance

$400,734

Endowment Fund Balance

$156,191

Endowment Fund Earnings

$9,252

12%

18%

8%

13%

49%

Endowment Funds for Matching $17,452

3%

SISTEMA TULSA

EXPENDITURES

INCEPTION AUGUST 1, 2019 TO JULY 31, 2020 AMOUNT

PERCENTAGE

172,743

60%

Educational Delivery Support

15,434

6%

Development and Administration

17,025

6%

Program Management

70,793

25%

9,266

3%

285,261

100.00%

Teaching and Learning Services

Benefit Concert TOTAL EXPENDITURE

25%

60%

6% 6%

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CONTACT

Jose Luis Hernandez

Kelsey Rooney-Dorst

Program Director

Education Director

Patty Mitchell

Dr. Joel Panciera

Program Services Coordinator

Senior Advisor

MAILING ADDRESS:

CALL US:

Sistema Tulsa at Boston Avenue UMC 1301 S. Boston Ave. Tulsa, OK 74119

918.699.0150 (Program Director)

E-MAIL US:

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

sistematulsa@bostonavenue.org

facebook.com/sistematulsa

918.699.0146 (Program Services Coordinator) 918.519.6059 (Sistema Tulsa cell phone)

joelpanciera@bostonavenue.org pattymitchell@bostonavenue.org jlhernandez@bostonavenue.org kelseyrooney@bostonavenue.org

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