Annual Holiday Program

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Chamber Ensembles from El Sistema Oklahoma will delight Club 29 Rotarians with  music for the annual Holiday Program.

El Sistema Oklahoma has grown rapidly into a well-respected, successful and unique after-school program serving over 200 underserved and disadvantaged public school children in the heart of Oklahoma City. El Sistema Oklahoma is a non-profit 501(c)3 founded by Cathy and Phil Busey, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and the Wanda Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University through a creative partnership.

While our students receive instruction from top-notch music teachers five days a week during the school year, El Sistema Oklahoma is about more than music education. We believe musicianship is one tool to help children grow as responsible citizens and community members. The children who participate in El Sistema Oklahoma receive a world-class musical education with lessons that extend beyond the practice room and into the real world. Research is beginning to show what our teachers and staff strongly believe: what children learn at El Sistema Oklahoma will have a meaningful and profound impact in their daily lives and on our community in the years to come. We take great pride and joy in working with our children.

Currently, El Sistema Oklahoma serves 220 children in third through ninth grades.

El Sistema Okla. was chosen by the OnePledge/Project committee as the recipient of the 16-17 Grant.  We are purchasing a van for their use in transporting their ensembles.

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Lance McDaniel is an Alva native and Stanford University graduate that serves as Executive Director of the deadCenter Film Festival. During his tenure at deadCenter, Lance has grown the audience from 10,000 – 30,000, increased cash income 331%, and launched a statewide education program that reaches 15,000 high school students from Guymon to Durant. Lance is also an independent filmmaker that has worked on 21 feature films. His latest feature film, “O, Brother!” is an outrageous comedy that is currently available on Vimeo/On Demand.

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