Garcia had a well paying job in communications at Clinton Foundation’s Sustainable Growth Initiative, but she was unhappy about spending so much time away from her daughter. And then in 2010, she saw a video from Dudamel where he talked about wanting to bring El Sistema to the U.S.

“That ignited a fire,” said Garcia. “I really wanted this to come to Jersey. But then I thought if they brought it to Jersey they would not bring it to Union City. I said to myself, ‘I may just do this myself.’”