Jose Luis is the James and Mary Barnes Foundation Director of Sistema Tulsa, a social change through music program of the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in concert with community partners in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2015 he completed "Leading Change in Education Systems," a professional program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and made his Caracas debut conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV). Jose Luis earned degrees in music at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas Pan-American. He was an orchestral conducting fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music and received post-graduate training in piano at the Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona. In 2012, he became part of a visionary TED Prize wish and joined the Sistema Fellows program at the New England Conservatory in Boston. A multifaceted and creative thinker, he has presented at the League of American Orchestras national conference, led educational projects at public schools for the Van Cliburn Foundation, and published "Aesthetics of Generosity," a book on El Sistema, music education, and social change. He votes for the annual classical Grammy Awards and has performed live on Chicago’s classical radio powerhouse WFMT.  He is a guest clinician/conductor for numerous festivals, performances, and workshops. 

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Hear Jose Luis on NPR as he speaks (on El Sistema) "both eloquently and incisively about the profound ways in which music can enrich the lives of students -- as well as the families and communities of those students." 

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