El Sistema Texas

Changing Lives Through Music

Katy, TX   |

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El Sistema Texas

EIN: 88-3506014


Our mission is to provide an educational music program that fosters the cultural integration of children and young people through the collective practice of music. We believe in the transformative power of this art and its ability to develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills in each participant.

Notes from the nonprofit

El Sistema Texas is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to harnessing the transformative power of music for social change. Through our program, we empower children to embrace core values, achieve their fullest pote Drawing inspiration from the esteemed National System of Children and Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, known as "El Sistema," our mission is to foster initiatives that unite Hispanic, American, and immigrant youths of various nationalities. Through immersive music education and collaborative practice, we aim to elevate the quality of life for our participants and their families.ntial, and create positive societal impacts through collective music practice.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Alvaro Jose Carrillo

Co Principal Officer

Rhomy Esther Lopez

Main address


Katy, TX 77450 USA

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Subject area info

Artists' services




Population served info

Women and girls

Men and boys

People of Latin American descent

Multiracial people

Immigrants and migrants

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NTEE code info

Music (A68)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hispanic Symphony Orchestra

'd like to introduce you to the "Hispanic Symphony Orchestra," a distinguished musical initiative designed to cater to different age groups in our community. Our orchestra is structured into three age-specific categories:

Pre-Children Orchestra: Catering to young children aged 5 to 7, this group provides an introductory experience to music, establishing a foundation for future learning and appreciation.

Children's Orchestra: Targeting kids aged 8 to 14, this segment delivers a more refined musical education, honing skills that will guide them as they move forward within our system.

Youth Orchestra: Our most proficient tier, the Youth Orchestra caters to teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 20. This segment aims to polish talents to potentially professional standards.

Each of these orchestral categories presently includes more than 30 enthusiastic participants. The "Hispanic Symphony Orchestra" is not just a musical education platform but also a community where Hisp

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent

Choral Program, segmented into three distinct age groups to cater to the diverse talents of our young singers. Our choirs are:

Pre-Infant Choir (5 to 7 years old): This ensemble is designed for our youngest vocalists, introducing them to the basics of vocal technique and group singing in a nurturing and fun environment.

Infant Choir (8 to 14 years old): As singers progress, they join this ensemble, where they delve deeper into choral repertoire and hone their skills, fostering a deep appreciation for group harmony and vocal musicianship.

Youth Choir (15 to 20 years old): This is our advanced ensemble, where seasoned singers take on more complex pieces and often collaborate with our orchestras for grand performances.

Each choir is currently comprised of over 30 dedicated young singers who are passionately "Changing Lives Through Music." Through this program, we not only teach the intricacies of vocal performance but also instill values of teamwork, discipline, and cultural appreciat

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Multiracial people

Where we work


Music Fundation Award 2022

Houston Award Program

Music Fundation Award 2023

Houston Award Program

El Sistema Texas Day 2023

The City Of Houston

Yellow Rose of Texas 2023

The State of Texas

Congressional Proclamation 2023

United States Congress

Recognition 2023

Consulate General of Colombia in Houston

Proclamation 2023

County Judge - Lina Hidalgo

Proclamation 2023

Harris County - Adrian Garcia

Affiliations & memberships

TODA 2023


TMEA 2023


Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to use eye-hand coordination, strength, and motor control to use age-appropriate tools and utensils effectively

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hispanic Symphony Orchestra

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Motor Skills Development Metric: Objective: Monitor the progression of students' motor skills to ensure they are equipped to handle musical instruments efficiently.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

El Sistema Texas aims to:

Develop Musical Potential: By offering quality orchestra and choir programs, it seeks to discover and nurture the inherent musical talent in youth.

Social Change Through Music: Beyond just musically educating youth, it uses music as a tool to instill values, discipline, and teamwork.

Build Community: Focusing on the Hispanic and Venezuelan communities in Texas, it seeks to strengthen community ties and celebrate rich cultural heritage.

Inclusivity and Diversity: With 90% of participants of Venezuelan and Hispanic origin, El Sistema Texas values diversity and works towards being inclusive, offering opportunities to youths from all backgrounds and ages.

Expansion and Growth: Having several orchestra and choir programs, El Sistema Texas aims to continue expanding and reaching more youths, thereby promoting musical education and its benefits across more areas of the state.

In summary, El Sistema Texas not only aims to promote musical education among the youth but also to use it as a tool for personal development, community building, and social change.

For El Sistema Texas to achieve its objectives, the following strategies may be employed:

Community Engagement: Building strong relationships with local communities, schools, and other institutions to create awareness and garner support.

Partnerships: Collaborate with local businesses, music institutions, and cultural organizations to amplify reach and resources.

Inclusive Programming: Develop curriculum and programs tailored to different age groups, ensuring that every participant gets age-appropriate training.

Diverse Representation: Continually reaching out to the Venezuelan and Hispanic communities in Texas, ensuring their stories and cultures are reflected in the music and performances.

Quality Education: Employ experienced music educators and trainers who can impart top-notch musical training and foster a nurturing environment for students.

Performance Opportunities: Regularly organize concerts, recitals, and performances to provide students with real-world experience and showcase their skills to the community.

Financial Assistance: Ensure that lack of funds doesn't deter talented individuals. Offer scholarships, sponsorships, and other financial aids to those in need.

Regular Feedback and Assessment: Continuously evaluate and refine the programs based on feedback from students, parents, instructors, and the community.

Expand Reach: Actively work on expanding the reach of programs, setting up more training centers, and bringing the joy of music to more communities.

Promote Values: Beyond musical training, embed values of discipline, teamwork, and respect in every aspect of the programs.

By leveraging these strategies, El Sistema Texas aims to touch more lives, change them through the power of music, and build a harmonious and inclusive community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


El Sistema Texas


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Principal Officer

Alvaro Jose Carrillo

Co Principal Officer

Rhomy Lopez

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

El Sistema Texas

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Alvaro Carrillo

Board co-chair

Rhomy Lopez

El Sistema Texas

Term: 2022 - 2026

Alvaro Jose Carrillo

El Sistema Texas

Rhomy Esther Lopez

El Sistema Texas

Jessica Gabriela Colmenares

El Sistema Texas

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/28/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.