GLP Missions connect a rising generation of change-makers in music with international social initiatives seeking expert guidance.
GLP Cohort Members take part in 10-day Missions to remote communities, applying Module learnings to real-world settings.
GLP Mission Hosts span the globe — from the most prestigious festivals to grassroots startups and social projects.
Beyond coaching, Mission Participants write Case Studies that diagnose local issues and propose viable solutions.
GLP Missions cultivate leadership skills while opening doors to new cultures and supporting underserved communities.
GLP Missions inject energy, dedication, and confidence into the lives of local youth. Cohort-led workshops, group lessons, and coaching sessions inspire a new generation to follow their footsteps.
% Local Youth report Increased Self-Esteem from Missions
Self-Reported Benefit to Host Community Youth
“Global Leaders Missions helped our Festival get off the ground in Bolivia. We could not have done it without them.”
Bruno Lourensetto, Co-Founder, Sociedad Boliviana de Música de Cámara
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BELIZE, BELIZE CITY
National Institute of Culture & History
National Youth Orchestra & Choir of Belize
NICH is Belize’s premiere cultural institution, dedicated to creating an enabling environment for the development, conservation, promotion, expression, and accessibility of culture in all its diversity. The NYOCB builds civic capacity among the youth of Belize through the arts.
CANADA, NEW BRUNSWICK
Sistema New Brunswick
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra
Sistema New Brunswick operates seven music centers around the province of New Brunswick serving more than 500 students, 5 days a week. It launched the first El Sistema-inspired program in a First Nation territory of Canada.
Mission Host: Midsummer Music Dream Festival
Midsummer Music Dream is a leading music festival in rural Quebec. Its academic component includes a vocal academy, community choir, and chamber orchestra formed with volunteers from the community.
GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA CITY, SACATEPÉQUEZ, & CHIMALTENANGO
Mission Host: Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala (SOG)
Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala is a non-profit musical organization inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema program that aims to promote social development through collective practice of music in choirs, marimba ensembles, and orchestras. SOG currently benefits over 300 students that participate daily in one of the three inclusive music schools located in Guatemala City, Sacatepéquez, and Chimaltenango.
Mission Host: Blume Haiti
For over 25 years, Blume has done a consistent job in nurturing a wide range of annual music camps across Haiti. Camp sites include the Cemuchca Institute of Music, Holy Trinity Music School, Academie Musicale Occide Jeanty, Dessaix-Baptiste Music School, and Catherine Flon Music School, among others.
Encuentro De Cuerdas
Campamento Sinfonico Juvenil Honduras
Encuentro de Cuerdas is a string-focused program dedicated to the development of musical and technical skills of young string players in Honduras. Campamento Sinfonico Juvenil Honduras is an annual initiative run by a coalition of the most important music institutions in Honduras that come together every year to host an orchestral camp. The camp invites youth from across Honduras to participate in artistic training with international mentors.
HONDURAS, TELA, SAN PEDRO SULA, & TEGUCIGALPA
Mission Host: Fundación Artes Educativas, Coros y Orquestas de Honduras (FARECOH)
FARECOH is an NGO based in Honduras dedicated to offering arts and music programs aimed at high-risk youth. The foundation’s programs aim to prevent them from social risk by fostering activities that promote inclusion and education. In addition, FARECOH offers teaching advancement opportunities certified by the Ministry of Education.
MEXICO, BOCA DEL RIO
Mission Host: Orquestando Armonia
Orquestando Armonia is a socio-cultural program that supports at-risk youth in the municipal of Boca del Rio. It uses the transformative power of music as a vehicle to cultivate a positive and creative estate of consciousness full of values and aspirations. Orquestando Armonia is one of the 3 pillars of action of the Philarmonic Boca del Rio.
Mission Host: Universidad Juarez del Estado Durango (UJED)
Universidad Juarez del Estado Durango is one of the leading universities in northern Mexico, offering a variety of majors ranging from sciences to arts. The School of Music frequently hosts residencies of top international visiting artists.
Mission Host: Orquesta Filarmónica Tlaxcallan
Orquesta Filarmónica Tlaxcallan is an initiative that offers an opportunity for orchestral training to students from the region before they become members of professional orchestras around the country.
Mission Host: Festival Allegra
Festival Allegra offers opportunities for Mexican youth to access high-quality musical training by scheduling residencies for artists traveling from abroad at diverse musical institutions across the country. Each year, Festival Allegra hosts an orchestral camp with nearly 100 participants and faculty joining in the activities.
Mission Host: Esperanza Azteca (Fundación Azteca)
Esperanza Azteca is a music organization that offers free music instruction to children ages five to seventeen. It currently runs 86 youth orchestras in three different countries (Mexico, Guatemala, and USA) with 1,300 teachers serving more than 16,000 children.
PANAMA, SANTIAGO & PANAMA CITY
Orquesta Panameña de Vientos
Orquesta Veraguense de Vientos
Orquesta Panameña de Vientos is Panama’s best in the training of symphonic band repertoire. Top talent from around the country is invited to join at intense short-term residencies held at various times during the year in Panama City. As a result of the impact caused by the 2013 YOA Orchestra of the Americas’ residence in Santiago, Orquesta Veraguense de Vientos was launched with a mission to develop the symphonic band and wind ensemble repertoire in a city with a long history of military and marching bands.
PANAMA, PANAMA CITY
Mission Host: Asociación Nacional de Conciertos (ANC)
In over 30 years, the ANC has elevated itself as the most important private organization supporting the nurturing of classical music in the country. In collaboration with Oberlin University, the ANC hosts the annual Campamento Musical Juvenil, an intense orchestral training setting that takes place in Ciudad del Saber, a former US military compound, serving as an opportunity to Panamanian students from all provinces to access orchestral repertoire training.
PANAMA, PANAMA CITY
Mission Host: Escuela Juvenil de Música
Founded in 1975, Escuela Juvenil de Música serves as one of the most important centers in music. It offers private instruction in the majority of the symphonic instruments, as well as instruction in theory, solfège, and orchestral training. The school is host to Taller de Trombones, an international trombone symposium attended by 80 students from around the country featuring great performers and pedagogues from across the Americas.
PANAMA, PANAMA CITY
Mission Host: FUNSINCOPA Panama
FUNSINCOPA’s mission is to enrich and strengthen, through the learning of a musical instrument, the education of youth in Panama that are found in sectors where their rights are vulnerable. The program also offers professional development training to professors to motivate them to continue to grow as pedagogues.
PUERTO RICO, SAN JUAN
Mission Host: Suzuki Violin Association of Puerto Rico
This association was formed in 1981 with the intention of developing and promoting music education in accordance with the Suzuki method and philosophy. Currently, the association comprises approximately 40 families with children ages three and up who study violin with their parents’ participation.
Mission Host: Bravo Waterbury!
Bravo Waterbury! is an intensive after-school music education program for students at Children’s Community School and Brass City Charter School in Waterbury, Connecticut.
USA, NORTH CAROLINA
Mission Host: Kidznotes
Kidznotes is an El Sistema-inspired after-school program serving approximately 330 public school students in grades pre-K through 12. It partners with eight Title I elementary schools in Raleigh and Durham with a racial composition of students in the partner schools of roughly 50% African American, 35% Hispanic, and 15% Caucasian.
Mission Host: Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS)
MYS provides music education and performance opportunities for young musicians of all ages and levels of experience. MYS enrolls over 500 youth from the Portland metro and SW Washington areas in 13 ensembles including orchestra, band, jazz, percussion ensemble, and strings. MYS has a strong financial aid program that welcomes all students regardless of circumstances, and a school outreach program that performs 15 concerts each season to 5,000 local students.
USA, WASHINGTON DC
Mission Host: KIPP DC Charter Schools
KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. The schools have a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.
THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, ST. CROIX
Mission Host: St. Croix Foundation
St. Croix Foundation is an organization set to encourage greater philanthropic activity, to marshal resources, and to act as a catalyst to benefit the people of the US Virgin Islands. With the support of other key local stakeholders, the foundation sponsors a Global Leaders Program-led music camp that involves students from half a dozen local schools.
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ARGENTINA, EL CHACO
Mission Host: Fundación Pradier
Fundación Pradier is a non-profit institution created with the aim of promoting social education through music. Launched in 2007, the foundation supports a variety of ongoing projects ranging from the fabrication of instruments to educational camps.
ARGENTINA, SANTA FE
Mission Host: Trombonanza
Trombonanza began in Santa Fe, Argentina as a regional gathering of South America’s top orchestral trombonists and tubists in 2000. In years since, the annual festival has grown into a week-long celebration of low brass, welcoming more than 150 professionals and students from around the world.
BOLIVIA, LA PAZ
Mission Hosts: Plurinational Conservatory of Music
Founded in 1906, the Plurinational Conservatory of Music offers a variety of programs in the areas of classical and modern music. Its faculty and administrative body is comprised of 135 members serving over 1,000 students. Since 2013, the Conservatory offers a licenciatura in music, positioning itself as the country’s most important center of teachers and professionals in the field of classical music.
Mission Host: NEOJIBÁ
With more than a dozen music centers including its flagship campus in Salvador, NEOJIBÁ serves over 4,600 youth in the state of Bahia through its network of youth orchestra nucleos that provide access to free music lessons and ensemble training.
Mission Host: Juan Noe Crevani Artistic School
The Juan Noe Crevani Artistic School has 500 students with ages ranging from 7 to 18, offering instruction in strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, in addition to choir and classical guitar training.
CHILE, EASTER ISLAND
Mission Host: Toki Rapa Nui
(The Easter Island School of Music & Arts)
The Easter Island School of Music and Arts teaches classical music, including individual instrument instruction and ensemble teaching, as well as offering training in traditional Rapa Nui: ukelele and ancestral song native to Easter Island.
Mission Host: Corporación Cultural Teatro del Lago
A project with local impact and international vision, Teatro del Lago is an artistic and educational center with a mission that seeks to develop and cultivate the personal growth of people through the arts. Its philosophy is rooted in the importance of artistic and cultural activities, as they enrich and improve the quality of life of an entire community. Education and creativity linked to music and art are essential in fostering self-esteem, stimulating concentration, developing the imagination, decreasing aggressiveness, and being in tune with our surroundings.
CHILE, LA SERENA
Colegio de las Artes Pedro Aguirre Cerda
Liceo Gregorio Cordovez, FIMCE Festival
Colegio de las Artes Pedro Aguirre Cerda is a regional school supported by the municipality of La Serena, offering orchestral instruction. Founded in 1821 by Bernando O ́Higgins, Liceo Gregorio Cordovez is the second oldest school in Chile, where 100+ students engage in group music lessons. Centered in La Serena, the FIMCE Festival celebrates with concerts/workshops Jorge Peña Hen’s legacy as a founder in Latin America’s movement of youth orchestras.
Mission Host: Corporación de Adelanto Amigos de Panguipulli
A non-profit institution, the mission of Corporación de Adelanto Amigos de Panguipulli is to support and develop the long-term development of the Panguipulli community and its inhabitants. Among its projects is the music education initiative, Vive la Música, which offers free music training to underserved youth throughout the region, in addition to organizing a series of ongoing music camps.
Mission Host: Filarmónica del Santuario (FES)
Filarmónica del Santuario provides access to music education by means of orchestral practice to children and youth afflicted by the guerrilla war over decades. In little over a year since its foundation, the FES has already offered 30 concerts including an international tour to Mexico.
Mission Host: Gran Encuentro de Chelistas
The Gran Encuentro de Chelistas created Colombia’s largest cello orchestra, taking this instrument to the popular music world and developing new learning methodologies. In nine years, this project has blurred social barriers by integrating youth from diverse social and economic backgrounds.
Mission Host: Somos Capazes
Based in one of Bogotá’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, Somos Capazes is an organization that promotes peace by running free music programs that cultivate teamwork and conflict management, in addition to teaching social and environmental awareness.
Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil del Café
Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil del Cafe offers young musicians an opportunity to receive orchestral training at no cost. It welcomes members from across the “Eje Cafetero” of Colombia, which includes the cities of Manizales, Pareira, and Armenia.
Mission Host: Sonidos de la Tierra
Sonidos de la Tierra is an innovative music program dedicated to social development, known for its impact in rural communities across Paraguay. Sonidos is the founder of the Landfillharmonic Orchestra among other innovative youth orchestras.
Mission Host: Asociación Cultural Arpegio
Arpegio is an organization that provides quality music instruction to the children of Trujillo, Peru, operating five nuclei campuses and running four youth orchestras.
Mission Host: Nationale Volksmuziekschool
(The National People’s Music Academy of Suriname)
The Nationale Volksmuziekschool of Suriname supports the development of Surinamese youth through access to affordable, high-quality musical training. The Music Academy provides lessons and training to more than 250 students.
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Mission Host: Opus Gala
Opus Gala is an association formed to promote art and culture by imparting knowledge through the establishment of institutions and organizing events. During the year masterclasses are organized with renowned visiting artists from abroad.
Mission Host: American Voices, YES Academy
In partnership with the government of Erbil and the youth organizations of Suleimaniya and Rania, American Voices organizes an annual Yes Academy program in Iraq. With a nationwide outreach, over 150 aspiring young musicians receive intensive training over the course of ten days of activities ranging from early music and chamber music to piano and string orchestra. The participants include many Iraqi music teachers as well as students from Iraqi universities, conservatories, and public and private high schools. The finale gala concert at the new Suleimaniya Cultural Hall is broadcast on local tv stations, reaching millions.
Mission Host: American Voices, YES Academy
The YES (Youth Excellence on Stage) Academy Lebanon takes place at the American Community School in Beirut. With a faculty from the United States’ most prestigious universities and cultural institutions and over 200 participants from all corners of Lebanon, the 2009 YES Academy brings quality Western performing arts education to Lebanese youth and young professionals. A cross section of Lebanese talent takes part in the academy. Among the cities and regions represented are Tyre, Zahle, Bekaa Valley, Tripoli, Jounieh, Kaslik, Saida, Beit Meri, and Beirut.
PHILIPPINES, BATAAN PROVINCE
Mission Host: Jose Depiro Youth Orchestra
Jose Depiro Youth Orchestra provides an after-school program for inner-city children, serving approximately 80 students, ages 8 – 24, in locations around Dinalupihan.
SPAIN, CANARY ISLANDS
Mission Host: Orquesta Filarmonica Juvenil de Tenerife Miguel Jauvert
Launched in 2012, the Orquesta Filarmonica Juvenil de Tenerife Miguel Jauvert offers middle and high school age students the opportunity to perform in an orchestral setting. The orchestra gives free concerts to the community, including concerts at children’s hospitals. Theater students sometimes join the performances, combining acting with music.
Mission Host: El Sistema Sweden
El Sistema Sweden has established itself as a leading organization in the realm of music education in Sweden. It operates nuclei in both urban centers and rural regions throughout Sweden, made possible by a wide range of support from government and local communities.
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Mission Host: El Sistema Kenya
El Sistema Kenya (ESK) is a youth music project targeting underserved communities in Kenya’s Kawangware, Juja, and Waithaka slums. ESK incorporates traditional Kenyan folk tunes and classical music with the ideals of El Sistema to create educational opportunities for underprivileged children, enhancing creativity, individualism, teamwork, and critical thinking to help broaden local youth’s education and leadership skills.
Mission Host: Youth Orchestras Of Namibia (YONA)
Youth Orchestras of Namibia has a vision to transform the lives of youth through music. The YONA movement is inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema model – a national system of youth orchestras and choirs advocating for social change. It aims for every child in Namibia to access quality music education regardless of faith, financial standing, gender, race, or tribe.
SIERRA LEONE, FREETOWN
Mission Host: American International School of Freetown
American International School of Freetown opens its door during the summer academic break to welcome youth from underserved communities offering community members free music education.
Mission Host: Arusha Meru International School
Located in the foothills of Mount Meru, the second largest mountain in Tanzania, the school offers an international curriculum serving 245 students from ten different nationalities ranging in ages from 3 to 12. Music is part of the core curriculum.
Mission Host: Let It Shine Arts Initiative
Founded on sistema-inspired values, the Let It Shine Arts Initiative aims to provide access to music education to underserved communities of Arusha, operating in the Peace Matunda Orphanage.
“The Global Leaders Program gave me the skills to take on the world as a citizen musician.”
Aurora Mendez, Violin, Chile (2013 Cohort)
Teaching Artist, Union City Music Project