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2018 -2019 ANNUAL REPORT


It has been five years since I first started working at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church to help develop Sistema Tulsa. As we began, we envisioned this ministry to become a place where young people from all across Tulsa could thrive as music learners. We believed that music could be a catalyst for building community and nurturing excellence in their lives.

JOSE LUIS HERNANDEZ THE JAMES AND MARY BARNES FOUNDATION DIRECTOR OF SISTEMA TULSA

I am proud to say that we have succeeded in our efforts (see Kaylah’s story and example). There is tremendous potential and need for our program in our region. I am looking forward to working closely with our partners and stakeholders to draft our 10-year strategic plan which will allow us to grow and sustain the program into the future. We expanded the program to serve over 180 students in our regular academic program, school outreach, summer camp and special workshops (a 20% increase from the previous year). We have consistent participation from our volunteers, teachers, and staff colleagues at the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and its members—including many visionary donors in the community who sustain this program financially. We saw a more than 30% increase in individual donations and we included new esteemed foundations as supporters! I hope that you will enjoy perusing this year’s annual report to experience what our students experience—the joy of music nestled within the realm of deep and powerful learning that leads to personal transformation. I look forward to our fifth academic year and to meeting new students who will discover their best self yet. Please visit us or join us at one of our many concerts. Thank you for your prayers and support. Go Team!

Jose Luis Hernandez

Jose Luis Hernandez

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

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INTERACTIVE: Hear the All- Sistema band

perform during the “Big Concert”

A SUCCESSFUL YEAR Over 180 students representing 19 Tulsa Public Schools and beyond participated during the year across all our free-tuition programs. We presented over 25 musical performances for 9,500 people plus many more tuning-in via television and internet streaming. Our graduating seniors earned scholarships to prestigious academic institutions and performed at national and international events as far as Scotland. We doubled our endowment fund and expanded new presenting and organizational partners to include the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Drillers, and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, who will provide healthy snacks starting this year. 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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All Elementary Program musicians learn music fundamentals through singing, Orff, and recorders.

“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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BY THE NUMBERS Whenever anyone asks about our music program, we say, “You mean our life affirming program?” MR. HERNANDEZ DIRECTOR

15 PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS 25 VOLUNTEER HOURS 1476.75 PROGRAM TEACHERS

NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED SCHOOLS REPRESENTED

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28 CONCERT ATTENDANCE 9542 DAYS OF INSTRUCTION 102 NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES

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INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS

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7.5% 8.5%

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“As each year progresses, it is wonderful to see the growth that takes place in our Sistema students, growth that is evident not only in their music , but also in the respect and care they show toward their community. I am thrilled to play a small part in its success. It is a gift to Tulsa!” CHERYL CHAMBERS

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

FACEBOOK POST REACH

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DID YOU KNOW? Why is this work important? Sistema Tulsa is needed in our community. Research indicates that students in Oklahoma have very little access to in-school music programs and offerings are in decline up to 28% (Oklahoma Policy Institute, 2018). Many families in urban schools now must seek out community programs for students to have the opportunity to experience instrumental music learning consistently. Sistema Tulsa collaborates closely with Tulsa Public Schools but is also open to all students in Tulsa and the surrounding area. Most high-quality music programs require tuition, instrument rental and maintenance, and other costs that make them inaccessible to low and moderate income families. Sistema does not seek to supplant music education in schools, but rather shine a light on its virtues while offering the rare chance for music excellence to empower Tulsa youth from all walks of life.

How did Sistema Tulsa come about? Since its early beginnings, the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church has been a haven for music. The church is host to numerous choirs, instrumental ensembles, and partner to local musical organizations. Countless people learn and perform music at the church. Sistema Tulsa is a continuation of the unwavering commitment to create beauty and recognize that beauty in others as they learn and perform music. In 2013, our 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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What are the core values that guide our work? 1. All children and youth should have access to the arts and actively participate in that experience. 2. Effective education happens in the context of a community where everyone is responsible for its success. 3. Overcoming challenges is best done by strengthening the spirit. Creating excellence and beauty in music can help us recognize our inner capacity to thrive. 4. Organizations never arrive but are always becoming. As a result, we have designated our program to be a laboratory for learning, reection, and innovation.

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS We play music from all genres: From Classical to Sacred, Holiday to Jazz, in and around churches, civic venues, sports fields, concert halls, and historical sites. The results of the program are self-evident: children are acquiring confidence, purpose, and joy. More importantly, they are experiencing what it feels like to succeed. “I am very proud of the community we’ve all built. It’s inspiring to see the students support each other, both musically and in their social interaction.” GREG DORST F renc h H or n Tea c h e r s i n c e 2 0 1 5

“As a teacher, we love to see students get over the hump of something they find difficult. Beginning students often struggle to read music at first, but then everything comes into focus and it is a very powerful moment for us.”

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 “Harry Potter in Winter” by film composer John Williams.

ERIC NOBLE Tru mp et Teac her s i n c e 2 0 1 5

“Sistema Tulsa is a unique treasure for the city of Tulsa and its youth in that it aids young aspiring musicians, regardless of their background or access to means, to fulfill their creative and relational potential, both of which are vital to the development of “whole persons” who go on to contribute to society in extraordinary ways.” DR. JOHN JENKINS D i rec t or of O R U M u si c De p a rtm e n t

“Congratulations on your showcase of talent… you have accomplished a great deal in a short time and have many dedicated teachers and volunteers. The program is a tribute to the contribution of the Boston Avenue Church to the Arts Community of Tulsa.” RON WHEELER Tu l s a Yout h Sy m p h o n y Di re c to r

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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.


INTERACTIVE: Tchaikovksy’s “Waltz of the Flowers”

We returned to the Tulsa Historical Society with a program featuring Elementary and Middle school students who performed an arrangement of the Finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with energy and poise.

Our young singers performed “He Shall Feed His Flock” alongside musicians of the Tulsa Symphony for the annual Natalie O. Warren presentation of Handel’s Messiah while our CYO performed a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” for a standing room only audience at the Boston Avenue church.

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Both middle school and high school symphony orchestras combined to offer a concert which featured Elmer Bernstein’s “The Magnificent Seven,” one of our favorite compositions to play this year!

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Levi Davenport, a 12-year-old violin and piano student, performed his debut solo recital at Saied Music South featuring the complete “Moonlight� Piano Sonata by Beethoven. Bravo!

A group of Strings students led by Debra Morgan performed at the Gilcrease Museum during a US Naturalization Ceremony. Their playing highlighted the idea that even young musicians can contribute to work of national importance.

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PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS We hosted our end-of-year “Big Concert” at the wonderful Tulsa Community College Performing Arts Center. This was our first concert hall experience and brought our music-making to the next level. There were plenty of favorite moments in the concert, including playing the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with our largest Senior Class yet. Everyone performed Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere” from West Side Story (commissioned for El Sistema programs by his daughter Jamie Bernstein). We closed the program with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” with our audience stomping, cheering and dancing! Yes, there is “plen’y of heart and plen’y of hope” around here!

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Take me out to the ballpark! Sistema Tulsa made its sporting event debut supporting our local minor league baseball team, the Tulsa Drillers

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SENIOR RECOGNITION

Sistema Tulsa bid farewell to the largest class of Seniors yet. Eight students were recognized at the “Big Concert� and proudly wore their Senior pins. Their combined accomplishments are impressive and many are now attending prestigious institutions of higher education such as the University of Tulsa, Tufts, OSU, Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music, University of Memphis and Pittsburg, to name a few. We wish you many blessings and success in your future endeavors!

Violinists Helena Singleton and Julia Huckaby take a bow together as Sistema Tulsa students for the last time.

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

After a successful teaching career at Holland Hall and a short break thereafter, Strings teacher and performer Debra Morgan returned to teach music with a renewed energy and zest. She leads our Strings division with responsibility for the sequence of instruction from Elementary through High School. One of her many gifts is inspiring young college-age teachers who work with her side-by-side to learn the process of teaching. She is also a thoughtful and kind mentor to all of our students. When not at Sistema Tulsa, she is playing in the viola section of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra or sharing her gifts as part of the Boston Avenue Instrumental Musicians Guild. She actively volunteers at Carver Middle School and recently traveled to Los Angeles to attend the YOLA National Festival as a Sistema Tulsa ambassador.

Debra Morgan leads the Strings Ensemble during our annual Summer Workshop.

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BENEFIT CONCERT

Chanticleer offered an inspiring performance in the acoustically generous Boston Avenue Sanctuary.

Sistema Tulsa singers opened the concert.

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What a joy it was for Sistema Tulsa to host Chanticleer. The San Francisco based and Grammy® award-winning ensemble also celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2018. Sistema Tulsa students opened their performance with a piano solo by Levi Davenport, a String Quintet playing American Spirituals and our Children’s Choir singing Bach. Thank you to the Brannin Family Foundation once again for sponsoring this memorable event and benefit concert for our students to enjoy! “They were quite simply a miracle in sound. They proved that the range and power of their artistry has few peers.” - Dr. Joel Panciera, Boston Avenue UMC Director of Music

Save t he Date for our 5th Annual Benefit Concert to be held in the iconic Boston Avenue United Methodist Church Sanctuary on Tuesday, February 18, at 8:00 p.m. featuring violinist Tessa Lark. She will perform a program of classical masterworks and her own bluegrass and fiddle inspired compositions. Her Tulsa appearance includes a workshop with Sistema Tulsa and local music school students based on the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Playing method. Tickets start at $25 and will be available for purchase online at sistematulsa.org. As a courtesy to Boston Avenue members, we will also sell tickets on select Sundays leading to the event. E-mail pattymitchell@bostonavenue.org to reserve your individual and group tickets in advance.

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PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

OKLAHOMA SUMMER ARTS INSTITUTE We are delighted to support the work of the Oklahoma Arts Institute (OSAI). Their annual Summer Institute at Quartz Mountain in Altus is a transformative arts learning experience for high achieving students across the state. It is the single most important summer event to benefit Oklahoma artistic youth. It is tuition-free and merit based. The festival brings young musicians to perform as a symphony orchestra under the guidance of nationally renowned teachers. Sistema Tulsa students have been selected to attend the last three years and we hope to continue encouraging our students to audition and work hard to reach the highest levels of excellence. We began a special audition preparation workshop for any student in the Northeastern Oklahoma region who is interested in applying for the summer festival. Students worked on technical excerpts, sight reading exercises, and mock auditions. We welcomed representatives from OSAI to share the Institute’s goals and stories of success from local alumni.

OSAI’s Alyssa Andriotis together with alumni panelists discuss the Summer Institute opportunities.

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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS We hope you will attend many of our concerts during our 5th season. Here are a few highlights: O C T O B E R 2 7 , 2 0 1 9 AT T H E B O S T O N AV E N U E S A N C T U A R Y AT 1 1 A . M .

Community Youth Orchestra performs music during a televised worship service (KTUL - Channel 8). Selections include Handel’s “Coronation Anthem” Zadok the Priest (used for every Royal coronation since it was written) and Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture alongside beloved traditional hymns.

N O V E M B E R 1 9 , 2 0 1 9 AT T H E T U L S A H I S T O R I C A L S O C I E T Y AT 7 P. M .

Community Youth Orchestra performs movements from Gustav Holst’s St. Paul Suite, Berlioz’s March to the Scaffold from Symphonie Fantastique, Mozart’s Piano Concerto “Elvira Madigan” and, “A Pirate’s Legend”, a new work from Soon He Newbold, a Sistema Tulsa students’ favorite composer!

D E C E M B E R 1 3 , 2 0 1 9 AT T H E B O S T O N AV E N U E J U B I L E E G Y M AT 7 P. M .

All Sistema performs choral music from Handel’s Messiah, Somewhere in my Memory from John William’s Home Alone, A Holt’s Christmas for full symphony, Telemann’s Sinfonia, and sing-along tunes.

Soon He Newbold

M A R C H 1 2 , 2 0 2 0 A T T H E B O S T O N A V E N U E S A N C T U A R Y A T 7 P. M .

Sistema middle school and high school ensembles perform music from your favorite movies including James Bond, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney favorites, and more!

M AY 1 1 , 2 0 2 0 AT T H E T U L S A C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E PA C E AT 7 P. M .

All Sistema performs Arturo Marquez’s “Alas a Malala” for full symphony and chorus based on Malala Yousafzai’s (Nobel Prize winner) story of resilience alongside Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2, and atmospheric music from the film, Gladiator. All ensembles, from elementary through high school, will perform music that will surely inspire!

Malala Yousafzai

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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. 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 partnerships 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 Key Findings from the Sistema Tulsa Year-End Report as reported by the Center for Family Resilience at Oklahoma State University (Merten, 2016)

97% 93% 100%

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.

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.

OF PARENTS WOULD RECOMMEND THE PROGRAM TO OTHER PARENTS.

J O Y M AT T E R S “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! Being a part of a group in a learning-focused environment where he can enjoy music, and learn to perform as part of that group, will be a great experience for him.” DATA 2019-2020 EP PROGRAM ENROLLMENT DATA

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EVALUATION METRICS

Sistema Tulsa Elementary age students are reporting high standards on various socio-emotional indicators including: curiosity, grit, zest, self-control, social intelligence, and gratitude. *Key Findings findings based on KSDE socio-emotional character growth tool kit (adapted by Hernandez, et al 2019)

I TAKE AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN LEARNING MY MUSIC AMOUNT

12%

AMOUNT

VERY TRUE

56%

LITTLE TRUE

A LOT TRUE

32%

NOT TRUE

12% 0%

56%

32%

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

AMOUNT

VERY TRUE

51%

LITTLE TRUE

A LOT TRUE

12%

NOT TRUE

22%

22%

0%

51%

12%

I ACTIVELY SHOW ENTHUSIASM WHILE PLAYING MUSIC 3%

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56%

LITTLE TRUE

A LOT TRUE

37%

NOT TRUE

14%

14%

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I PAY ATTENTION AND RESIST DISTRACTIONS IN REHEARSAL AMOUNT

12%

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VERY TRUE

39%

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A LOT TRUE

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NOT TRUE

12% 0%

39%

49%

I CARE ABOUT THE SUCCESS AND FEELINGS OF OTHERS AT SISTEMA AMOUNT

AMOUNT

VERY TRUE

66%

LITTLE TRUE

A LOT TRUE

17%

NOT TRUE

17% 0%

17% 17%

66%

I AM THANKFUL FOR BEING IN THIS MUSIC PROGRAM AMOUNT

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AMOUNT

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70%

LITTLE TRUE

7%

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Kaylah Puckett came to Sistema Tulsa as a student full of promise. Four years ago, she was one of the first 14 students who showed up for our then brand new Community Youth Orchestra. We remember how excited she was to be able to play the upright bass in the orchestra. In fact, she was our only bassist for a while. We let her borrow an instrument right away and music became a way of life for her. “It makes me feel amazing, makes me feel so happy, so energetic… ooh, I love music so much!” she said when the Tulsa Public Schools interviewed her after receiving the Superintendent’s Scholar award. She graduated from the Tulsa MET Junior and High School with a near 4.0 average. Her high school journey was not without challenges, but she put her faith in her music. This allowed her to blossom as a student in school. Her art teacher in high school said that “she works hard at everything she does, tries her best, and her best is really good!” And we couldn’t agree more. Through perseverance in music, students like Kaylah can learn how to set goals and bring them to fruition, all while being inspired and moved by music. Kaylah now wants to pursue a career in the music industry and start a music business of her own— writing scores for films and producing music albums. Congrats, Kaylah!

Kaylah Puckett (far right) takes a final bow during the Sistema Tulsa Big Concert.

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AWARDS

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Founders’ Award For any person or foundation who provides exceptional guidance during any given year or period of time to help our organization grow in strength and stature. This is our highest institutional award. 2019 RECIPIENT: Student Volunteers (Bear Goins receiving the award on behalf of the group)

Director’s Award For any staff, teacher, or volunteer who portrays exceptional dedication during any given year to help our organization fulfill its mission. 2019 RECIPIENTS: Ethan Landis (teacher) and Debbie Rooney (volunteer)

Visionary Award For any person or foundation who provides exceptional encouragement during any given year or period of time as well as reaching financial support at the “Visionary” funding level. 2019 RECIPIENTS: Mary Wheeler-Brown

Pillar Medal For any person or community who provides exceptional support during any given year or period of time to help our organization reach excellent in its operation. 2019 RECIPIENTS: Boston Avenue TV Ministry

Perfect Attendance Attendance is one of the most important differentiators of student achievement. This year’s perfect attendance students who were recognized during our end-of-year concert are: Mia Balangue, Kayla Gresham, Lilah Jacobs, Amaya Harbin, Eliza Fraser, Delaney Mejia-Rios, and Colt Smiley. We extend our congratulations to the students’ families for their commitment.

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ORGANIZATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Chair: Mary Wheleer-Brown Senior Advisor: Dr. Joel Panciera Director: Jose Luis Hernandez (Ex-Officio) Recording Secretary: Jeri Strange and Patty Mitchell

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

SISTEMA TULSA FACULTY & STAFF: Gregory Dorst (brass) Jose Luis Hernandez (teacher/director) Valerie Fischer (piano accompanist) Kelsey Rooney-Dorst (teacher/education Brian Gault (woodwinds) coordinator) Rachel Horton (musicianship/choral) Jeri Strange (operations coordinator) Julia Huckaby (strings) Patty Mitchell (new operations coordinator) Christine Hulbert (woodwinds) Mason Combes (musicianship/choral)

At-large Members: Barbara Berklacy, Terri Brannin, Irene Brown, Rev. EvaMarie Campbell, Karla Campbell, Mary Elliott, Lynn Goodwin, Taylor Hernandez, Jennifer Huckaby, Janet Purinton, Grace Markes, Ann Nelson, Kate Parker, Elaine Reusser, Kelsey Rooney-Dorst Megan Kepley (strings) Jennifer Laney (woodwinds) Ethan Landis (strings) Ginny LeDoux (choral) Joshua Lowery (strings) Victoria Mayfield (strings)

Debra Morgan (lead strings) Eric Noble (brass) Douglas Perry (strings) Bekah Stoops (brass)

*Special thanks to guest faculty and musicians Janet Coleman, Valerie Hinkle, Chad Johnson, Jeremy Parker, Kathy Rad, Brent Rowland, Paula Surface, and Jack Thompson. Members of the Boston Avenue Instrumental Music Guild who provided musical support include Blaire Hines, Melanie Linsky, Rob Reck, and Jacob Wright.

YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEERS: (10 hours or more) Makiah Harbin Mary Wheeler-Brown Greg Dorst (former student) Bear Goins (student) Bill Burnett Julia Huckaby Amaya Harbin John Campbell (student) (student) Karla Campbell Sarah Jenkins Iyana Henderson Cheryl Chambers Dale Lawton

Carolyn Lee Jim Lee Victoria Mayfield Maggie McDuff (student)

(student)

Carol Merovka Emma Perry Liz Pierron Nancy Portteus Janet Purinton

Debbie Rooney Jennifer Solis (parent)

CONCERT AND EVENT PRODUCTION SUPPORT : Alyssa Andriotis (OSAI), Jeff Allen(Maranatha benefit), Upal Aththatage, Bill Carter (TCC PACE), Belynda Clanton, Angelyn Dale, Margaret Davis, Cliff Duncan, Gregory Dorst, Ginelle Gordon (TCC PACE), Kim Koch (SAIED Music), Jenny Keller (Gilcrease Museum), Alex Kossakoski (Tulsa Drillers), Karen Luhring (TPS Transportation), Felix Morales, Debra Morgan, Joe Morgan, Jeff Pascoe (BAUMC TV Production), Michelle Place (Tulsa Historical Society), Debbie Rooney, Willard Wiley. John Campbell and George Petkovich provided church bus transportation for students. Special thanks to the Boston Avenue Greeters and Security Council ministry members and their leaders Karen Brownlee Campbell and Rev. Eva Marie Campbell. Concert and Food Hospitality: Barbara Berklacy, Mary Wheeler-Brown, John Campbell, Karla Campbell, Beth Green, Taylor Hernandez, Carolyn Lee, Nancy Portteus, Judy Thomas, Grace Malone, Debbie Rooney, Carol Merovka, Jennifer Solis, Jeri Strange, and Art Williams.

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

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TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS REPRESENTED: Dual Language Academy Grissom Elementary Mayo Demonstration Academy Lanier Elementary Carnegie Elementary MacArthur Elementary Council Oak Elementary Mark Twain Elementary Eliot Elementary Patrick Henry Elementary

Wayman Tisdale Elementary Zarrow International Carver Middle School TSAS Booker T. Washington

OTHER PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: Cascia Hall High School Holy Family Cathedral School Chouteau Public Schools 9th Grade Center, Jenks High School Dove School of Discovery Jenks West Intermediate School Epic Charter School Marquette Catholic School

2018-2019 Volunteers

Central High School East Central High School Edison High School Tulsa MET Homeschool

Roy Clark, Union Elementary School Tulsa Honor Academy 8th Grade Center, Union Middle School Will Rogers Junior High School, Claremore

2018-2019 Teachers

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 please contact us. Our community of volunteers is a strong asset to our program!

To see the students’ progress over the past 4 years is absolutely awesome. I am seeing lives changed and am blessed to be one of the many volunteers. JOHN CAMPBELL SNACK MASTER

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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, 2018 through July 31, 2019.

INSTITUTIONAL SPONSORSHIP:

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

Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation* Brannin Family Foundation** Charles and Marion Weber Foundation* Children’s Medical Charities Association* 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:

Dr. Rollie Rhodes** Terry and Pam Carter^^ Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg and Robert A. Macklanburg Jr., Foundation^^ Visionary Circle ** Director’s Circle * Sustainer ^^ Friend ^

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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GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS:

13th St. Worship Offering Group ^ Ana-Maria Lloyd Jones ^ Anne and Ilan Kozlowski ^ Anonymous ^ BA Heritage Class (2) ^ BA Maranatha Class ^^ BA Pilgrimage Class ^ Barbara Berklacy in Honor of her Grandchildren ^ Barbara Slagle (2) in Memory of Harold W. Reynolds ^ Barry and Becky Puryear ^ Becky Chandler ^^ Betty Littleton in Honor of the Duncan Family ^ Beverly Lightner in Memory of Betty J. Smith ^ Bill and Susan Thomas ^^ Carmen Marple in Memory of Ruth Boone ^ Carol Willis ^ Cheryl and Larry Chambers ^ Dana and Stuart Solomon ^ Darlene Tegeler ^ Darole and Judy Mott ^ David and Brenda Worthington (5) ^ Debbie Rooney (2) in Honor of Levi Davenport ^ Dolores Ritter ^ Earl and Joanna Tuers (2) ^ Ed Payton ^ Elaine Dodson ^ Elaine Reusser ^ Elizabeth Pierron ^ Ginny and Jerry LeDoux (3) ^ Harold Teverbaugh in Memory of Royse Parr ^ Jamie Farrah ^ Jan and Vonnie Graham ^ Jana Strange ^ Janet Purinton (4) ^^ Jean Boyd^ Jeff Allen (2) ^^ Jeri Strange ^ Jerry Pocopanni ^^ Jill Tenzythoff ^ JoAnn Bingham ^ Joel Panciera ^ John Sherman ^

Judith Haug ^ Judy Chezem ^ Judy Kay Thomas ^ Katie Hackett ^ Kelsey Rooney-Dorst (2) in Honor of Levi Davenport ^ Laura Bottoms ^ Linda and Marc Frazier ^ Maggie Galloway ^^ Marguerite Chapman ^ Mary Jane and Earl Funk ^ Mary Wheeler and Spencer Brown * May Smiley (2) in Memory of Bill Smiley & Timothy Smiley ^ Nancy Mason ^ Nancy Portteus (2) ^ Page Parker^ Pat and Debbie Rooney ^^ Patricia Hill ^ Patricia Pocopanni ^ Patti Lucas ^ Patti Sue Greenway ^ Peggy Helmerich ^^ Peggye Enlow (2) ^ Rick Evans ^ Robert and Frieda Reck ^ Roger and Charlotte Rowe (2) ^ Rosemary Frew ^ Larry and Sara Pugh Montgomery (2) ^ Scott and Debra Morgan ^ Scott and Erin Barnhart ^ Shari and Lynn Goodwin ^ Sheila Parr in Memory of Reagan Parr ^ Terri Brannin (2) in Memory of Betty J. Smith ^ Tom and Karla Campbell (3) in Honor of John A. Mann & in Memory of Bill Hunt ^ Warren and Lynette Danskin ^

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

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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

Julie Fogarty, Director of Administrative Services

TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS LEADERS:

Dr. Deborah Gist - Superintendent Tulsa Public Schools Danielle Neves - Executive Director of Teaching and Learning TPS Teaching and Learning Joseph M. Metzer - Secondary Fine Arts Coordinator TPS Fine Arts Department Melisa Christman - Strategic Support Specialist TPS Teaching and Learning John Potter - Supervisor TPS Transportation

The WyndSync Ensemble members worked alongside our students thanks to the support of Chamber Music Tulsa.

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S I S T E M A

T U L S A

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS PA RT N E RS H I P S:

Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Tulsa Public Schools, El Sistema USA, Saied Music Company, Tulsa Community College PACE, Chamber Music Tulsa, YOLA National Festival, Oklahoma Arts Institute, our dedicated TPS Principals from partner schools and beyond, 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), BAUMC TV Ministry (TV and Video crew). 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 (Director’s Op-Ed), Channel 8 Broadcasting (Messiah Performance), Public Radio Tulsa PSAs (Rich Fisher and Scott Gregory), Tulsa Public Schools (Kaylah Puckett Senior Recognition), OETA-PBS Television (Foundation for Excellence Banquet), Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation Annual Report (Julie Fogarty), Boston Avenue UMC “The Word” (Articles by Caitlin Dryke, Jeri Strange, 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 Gilcrease Museum team for inviting us to perform and honor new American citizens; to the Tulsa Drillers for the opportunity to play music in the field and open a home season game, Michelle Place and the Tulsa Historical Society for hosting and supporting the CYO Fall concert, to the Gathering Place for considering and planning a performance in the park (postponed for 2020 due to weather). Saied Music Company and Kim Koch for hosting Levi Davenport’s debut piano recital; the Tulsa Opera and Board President Kate Davis for offering free tickets for our students (The Little Prince and Don Giovanni productions); to Joel Panciera for preparing and leading the CYO and choruses during a Boston Avenue UMC service which aired live on Channel 8 television; to Bruce Sorrell and Chamber Music Tulsa for offering a successful teaching day with the WindSync ensemble. Thank you to Boston Avenue UMC for invitations to the annual “Hoedown” Family Festival, BAY Troupe Musical, and BABA performances at Boston Avenue UMC.

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S I S T E M A

T U L S A

FINANCIALS

SISTEMA TULSA

SUPPORT AND REVENUES

IINCEPTION AUGUST 1, 2018 THROUGH JULY 31, 2019 SISTEMA TULSA

SUPPORT AND REVENUES AMOUNT

IINCEPTION AUGUST 1, 2018 THROUGH JULY 31, 2019

60,000

Institutional Support

21%

PERCENTAGE

60,000

21%

56%

Individual Contributions Foundation Grants

38,084 160,000

56%

14%

Individual Contributions Trust Income

38,084 25,686

14%

25,686

9%

9%

283,770 283,770

100.00% 100.00%

160,000

Trust Income

TOTAL TOTAL

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14%

AMOUNT

Foundation Grants Institutional Support

9%

PERCENTAGE

56%

Operating FundBalance Balance $379,254.00 Operating Fund $379,254.00 Endowment Fund Balance $155,663.00 Endowment Fund Balance $155,663.00

SISTEMA TULSA

PPORT AND REVENUES

EPTION AUGUST 1, 2018 THROUGH JULY 31, 2019

al Support

ion Grants

ontributions

ust Income TOTAL

EXPENDITURES SISTEMA 21% TULSA

14% EXPENDITURES

AMOUNT

PERCENTAGE INCEPTION AUGUST 1, 2018 THROUGH JULY 31, 2019

60,000

21%

INCEPTION AUGUST 1, 2018 THROUGH JULY 31, 2019 160,000 56% 185,137 63% Teaching & Learning Services 38,084 14% 14,750 AMOUNT 5% PERCENTAGE Instruments & Accessories 25,686 9% 11,496 & Transportation 5% 185,137 4% 63% Teaching &Food Learning Services 283,770 100.00% & Admin 13,914 5% Development

Balance $379,254.00 d Balance $155,663.00

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9%TULSA SISTEMA

AMOUNT

PERCENTAGE

23%

56%

Instruments & Accessories

14,750

68,058

23%

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

293,355

100.00%

TOTAL ANNUAL BUDGET

296,604

Program Management

Food & Transportation

Development & Admin Program Management

11,496 13,914 68,058

2

5% 4% 4% 5% 23%

5%

5% 4%


TOTAL

283,770

100.00%

Operating Fund Balance $379,254.00 Endowment Fund Balance $155,663.00

SISTEMA TULSA

SISTEMA TULSA

EXPENDITURES 9% ON AUGUST 1, 2018 THROUGH JULY 31,INCEPTION 2019 AUGUST 1, 2018 THROUGH JULY 31, 2019 21% AMOUNT PERCENTAGE

ORT AND REVENUES 60,000

upport

14% AMOUNT

21%

Teaching &56% Learning Services 160,000

Grants

185,137

63%

utions

38,084

14% & Accessories Instruments

14,750

ncome

25,686

Food9%& Transportation

11,496

4%

TOTAL

283,770

100.00% & Admin Development

56% 13,914

5%

Program Management

68,058

23%

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

293,355

100.00%

TOTAL ANNUAL BUDGET

296,604

nce $379,254.00 lance $155,663.00

SISTEMA TULSA

2

PERCENTAGE

5%

5% 4% 5%

EXPENDITURES

N AUGUST 1, 2018 THROUGH JULY 31, 2019 AMOUNT

PERCENTAGE

Services

185,137

63%

cessories

14,750

5%

ortation

11,496

4%

& Admin

13,914

5%

agement

68,058

23%

EXPENDITURE

293,355

100.00%

NUAL BUDGET

296,604

23% 5% 4%

63%

5%

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SISTEMA TULSA

ENDOWMENT FUND S I S T E M A

T U L S A

FUNDING NOTES

— $ 1,000,000 — $ 900,000 — $ 800,000

People give because they are inspired about the work we do and because they feel an immediate connection with the joy that our students experience while learning music. Our funders know that their gift is making a difference and we work hard to honor their commitments.

— $ 700,000 — $ 600,000 — $ 500,000 — $ 400,000 — $ 300,000 — $ 200,000

We have begun a dedicated Endowment Fund to sustain our program into the future. This fund will accrue a 4.5% annual return according to the current Boston Avenue investments and spending policy. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars by 2024 and continue to work on strategies to sustain the program in perpetuity. 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. We invite you to continue or begin your stewardship of our program.

— $ 100,000 — $0

CURRENT BALANCE

$155,663.00

TO DONATE please make checks payable to

Boston Avenue UMC / Sistema Tulsa

Sistema Tulsa at Boston Avenue UMC or donate online once or on a recurring basis through our partner Network for Good at sistematulsa.org/donate

Memo:

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1301 S. Boston Avenue Tulsa, OK 74119

Sistema Tulsa Account or Sistema Tulsa Endowment


S I S T E M A

T U L S A

CONTACT

Jose Luis Hernandez

Kelsey Rooney-Dorst

Director

Education Coordinator

Patty Mitchell

Dr. Joel Panciera

Operations Coordinator

Senior Advisor

Jeri Strange

Operations Coordinator 2014-2019

MAILING ADDRESS:

CALL US:

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

918.699.0150 (Director)

E-MAIL US:

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

sistematulsa@bostonavenue.org

facebook.com/sistematulsa

918.699.0146 (Operations Coordinator) 918.519.6059 (Sistema Tulsa cell phone)

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

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