We’re a nonprofit organization that brings intensive after-school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education.

We’re a nonprofit organization that brings intensive after-school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education.


Our Work

OUR MISSION

At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day. Through collective music making, children from underserved communities explore new avenues and realize their full potential. Our specially trained teachers guide students from beginner group instruction to orchestral performance, building life skills and community from a shared love of music.

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OUR MODEL

We partner with schools and community centers to create intensive after-school programs that teach children to read music, play orchestral instruments, and perform in ensembles. Our instruction follows an established curriculum, and we regularly assess and evaluate all of our programs to ensure high-quality learning experiences for all.

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Our History

The Harmony Program began as a pilot program in the New York City Mayor’s Office in 2003 and was incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization the following year. In 2008, Harmony established an institutional partnership with the City University of New York, and was re-launched in its current model with an emphasis on intensive instruction, ensemble performance, and teacher training.

The Harmony Program was founded by Anne Fitzgibbon, who studied and worked with Venezuela’s national youth orchestra system, El Sistema, on a year-long Fulbright Fellowship. We’ve adapted the model and philosophy of El Sistema to the unique needs of our communities, and every day we create supportive environments for learning, instill life skills through music making, and encourage cooperation and responsibility through ensemble training.

Since 2008, we have collaborated with neighborhood schools, community-based organizations, cultural institutions, and universities. These partnerships continue to strengthen our capacity to deliver instrumental music education to children who might not otherwise discover the joy and many benefits of making music.

Our institutional partnership with the City University of New York provides us with essential in-kind administrative support that allows us to do more for the students, teachers, and communities we serve.

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Who We Are

Students learn music together after school.

OUR STUDENTS

Our students are in elementary and middle school and begin the Harmony Program with little to no prior experience studying music. Each student receives a free instrument, comprehensive instruction, books, supplies, and tickets to concerts and cultural events throughout New York City.

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OUR TEACHERS

Our teachers are students and alumni of music performance and music education programs. We provide our teachers with pre-service training, ongoing professional development, and a curriculum to guide their instruction. In addition to classroom experience and training, our teachers receive competitive hourly stipends for their work.

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The vision of a better world made possible through music continues to guide our work, inform our mission, and shape the experiences of our students, teachers, and staff.


OUR STAFF

Anne Fitzgibbon

Executive Director

Anne Fitzgibbon is founder and Executive Director of the Harmony Program. Prior to founding the Harmony Program, Ms. Fitzgibbon worked for five years as a policy advisor in the Mayoral administrations… Read More ›

Anne Fitzgibbon is founder and Executive Director of the Harmony Program. Prior to founding the Harmony Program, Ms. Fitzgibbon worked for five years as a policy advisor in the Mayoral administrations of Michael R. Bloomberg and Rudolph W. Giuliani, focusing principally on social services, youth programs, and education.

Ms. Fitzgibbon holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She graduated from Barnard College and studied clarinet at the Juilliard School.

In 2007-2008, Ms. Fitzgibbon was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work with the Venezuelan National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras (“El Sistema”).

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Beth Guerriero, Ph.D.

Director of Education

Beth has a passion for our mission as well as an extensive background that encompasses both music performance and music education. She holds a Ph.D. in music education from…Read More ›

Beth has a passion for our mission as well as an extensive background that encompasses both music performance and music education. She holds a Ph.D. in music education from Penn State University, an M.M. in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, and a B.M. in violin performance from the Hartt School of Music. Beth previously served on the faculties of Rider University (strings) and Montgomery County Community College (strings and orchestra) and has taught applied violin and music education courses at the Westminster Choir College, University of Denver, and Penn State University.

In addition to work at the Harmony Program, Beth plays folk guitar and is a great cook, an avid reader, and a chess aficionado.

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Daniel Jeon

Executive Assistant

Dan Jeon comes to the Harmony Program with a background in operations and a passion for music. Before joining the Harmony staff, he was a Lead Operations Associate at TSG Reporting, a company that…Read More ›

Dan Jeon comes to the Harmony Program with a background in operations and a passion for music. Before joining the Harmony staff, he was a Lead Operations Associate at TSG Reporting, a company that provides legal services to some of the largest law firms in the world. He received his B.A. in Economics at Brown University, where he served as the Music Director of his a cappella group for three years, as Editor of the Brown Daily Herald and as an Economics Research Assistant.

In addition to his work at the Harmony Program, Dan is a member of the Down Town Glee Club and an avid multi-instrumentalist.

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Morgan Pappas

Program Manager

A native of New York, Morgan is an active flutist and music educator who is passionate about the performing arts and its ability to unite cultures and communities. Morgan received her undergraduate degree in music education…Read More ›

A native of New York, Morgan is an active flutist and music educator who is passionate about the performing arts and its ability to unite cultures and communities.

Morgan received her undergraduate degree in music education from New York University, and her Masters in flute performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Morgan was previously employed by the Multicultural Music Group as a teaching artist and band director in lower Manhattan and continues to operate a private studio of flute and beginner piano students. In addition to her music education background, she performs regularly with various chamber and wind ensembles as well as regional orchestras.

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Chris Tokar

Grant Writer

Chris has over 25 years of on-staff and consulting experience raising funds and managing New York City social service, arts and environmental organizations. She has also served as a nonprofit…Read More ›

Chris has over 25 years of on-staff and consulting experience raising funds and managing New York City social service, arts and environmental organizations. She has also served as a nonprofit board member, co-founded a literary magazine, produced performing arts and literary events, and is raising two boys in the Bronx with her piano-playing husband. She holds a BA from Hamilton College and and an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.

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Melanie Smith

Program Intern

Mel comes to the Harmony Program from an NJ community organization called the Coalition on Race, where she developed a targeted marketing plan based on demographic research…Read More ›

Mel comes to the Harmony Program from an NJ community organization called the Coalition on Race, where she developed a targeted marketing plan based on demographic research. Mel is very passionate about music and social justice and loves any opportunity for them to intersect. She graduated summa cum laude from Allegheny College, with a BA in psychology and a double minor in music performance and political science. Though her minor was in piano, Mel also played clarinet in five ensembles in college.

In addition to her work at the Harmony Program, Mel teaches piano in New Jersey and serves as a church youth group leader.

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Our Board of Directors

Daniela Bedoni

Richard Casavechia

Barbara Daniel

Anne Fitzgibbon

Nancy Hager

Douglas Henck

Keri Kunzle

George Melas

Roy Niederhoffer

Stephen Pile

Millie Shen



Our Junior Board

Elise Schmidt

Jonathan DePeri

Megan McGill

Jessica McJunkins

Taylor Pile

Brooke Stoddard

Gabriella Sultanik

Stephanie Yoshida

Dan Jeon




Play Your Part

Our students and teachers make a tremendous commitment to learning music, but it’s your commitment as a Harmony Program supporter that makes it possible. Donate today and help change lives through music.

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Apply To Teach

If you’re passionate about making a difference through music, we want to hear from you. Apply to teach with the Harmony Program and share your talents while developing new skills.

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Contact Us

Want to get involved? Whether you’re an educator, community partner, parent, or friend, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us to learn more, share ideas, or just say hello.

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