Robyn Hilger of El Sistema, Speaker

Robyn Hilger, executive director of El Sistema Oklahoma, positively exuded enthusiasm about and passion for El Sistema. This is true every time we have heard her speak around the city. Robyn is exactly in the right place at the right time.

Robyn's Bio

Robyn Hilger, a native Oklahoman and clarinetist, attended Oklahoma City University, graduating summa cum laude in 1999 with her bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education. She completed her master’s degree in School Administration in 2010 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

From 1999 until 2007, she served as the Fine Arts Team Leader and Band and Orchestra Director at Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School in Oklahoma City before joining the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools as Chief Programs Officer in 2007.

Hilger is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence/Young Adult Music with specialization in Band. She was honored as the Oklahoma City Public Schools District Teacher of the Year in 2005 and Oklahoma Teacher of the Year 2006.

What is El Sistema Oklahoma?

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. The mission of El Sistema Oklahoma is to serve the community by engaging children within an ensemble-based music program so they can share the joy of music making and grow as responsible citizens.

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 eighth grade.