Sistema Winnipeg is a daily, intensive, program that uses music as a tool for social change. The program delivers musical training every day after school, at no cost to participating families.

Sistema Winnipeg is a partnership between the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), Seven Oaks School Division (SOSD) and Winnipeg School Division (WSD). In 2019-20 Sistema Winnipeg engaged 120 children in grades 2-10 at two school locations, Elwick School (SOSD) and King Edward School (WSD). Programming includes general music, instrumental sectionals, full orchestra and choir rehearsals, and other activities for violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, and trumpet.


Latest News & Updates

A Day at Sistema

We celebrated our March Family Night by creating this video that will show you what ‘A Day at Sistema’ is like at both of our main school sites, Elwick Community School & King Edward Community School. You will meet many of the wonderful people who help make Sistema what it is, and of course we will feature many of our students speaking, and performing for you.

Sistema Winnipeg Elwick Student Keisha Giesbrecht featured in episode of CBC’s Now or Never: The musical instrument that changed my life

“13-year-old Keisha Giesbrecht tells us how love of her violin and K-pop is helping her through isolation.”

Sistema places 3rd in 2020-21 CBC Music Class Challenge

We are very excited to announce our submission to the 2020 CBC Music Class Challenge has placed 3rd in Category 5: Junior Instrumental (grades 7 – 10). Watch it below!

Sistema in the Media

How a local string program keeps playing

Past Events

On May 31st, 2021 we celebrated 10 years of making a difference in children’s lives through music through the virtual Michael Nozick Spring Family Night concert event. Our students were so excited to share a fun-filled variety of repertoire performed jointly and separately by all students in the Sistema programs across Winnipeg at Elwick Community School, King Edward Community School, Isaac Newton School and St. John’s High School. These students, aged 7-17, are in our Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven and Dvořák orchestras and are very excited to show you what they’ve been working on! This virtual concert is completely free to watch, though donations are encouraged to help sustain Sistema and the important work the program is able to do in the school communities it serves.

2020 Tannis M. Richardson Sistema Winter Family Night

The Tannis M. Richardson Winter Family Night virtual concert (premiered December 16 at 6:30pm CT;  available until January 3, 2021). Sistema Winnipeg made its public YouTube debut with the 2021 Tannis M. Richardson Winter Family night. Students from all Sistema Winnipeg sites performed in-person and from home to create this virtual Winter Family Night concert which we were so excited to share. While the the full version of the performance is no longer available, check back soon for a highlights video to be posted. Download concert program


For questions or comments, please contact:

Jeffrey Acosta, Sistema & Education Manager Email:

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