Calgary Multicultural Orchestra

Calgary Multicultural Orchestra (CMO) is our flagship program, offering free after-school music lessons to children ages 6 -17. Children learn a musical instrument, play in an orchestra, and perform in community concerts and recitals throughout the year.

CMO uses a proven social-change model called ‘el sistema’ that originated in 1975 in Venezuela. El sistema has since been adopted in over 40 countries worldwide, and has helped thousands upon thousands of children build:

  • Leadership skills
  • sense of accomplishment
  • sense of community
  • self esteem.

Click here to learn more about el Sistema and our Music Director, José Duque

Please note: We are full for Winter 2017! 

To be added to our waiting list, or to learn more about the CMO, please contact:

José Duque | Music Director – (

Book a Performance with the CMO

CMO performs (by donation) in seniors’ homes, public libraries, and other community events throughout the city. Contact our Program Administrator – Amédée Waters  – (


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