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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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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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.
Who We Are
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 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.
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”).
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.
Bethany Wyshak has worked in arts administration in New York City for nearly a decade. Committed to bringing music education to the city’s underserved communities, Bethany is thrilled to be part of the Harmony…Read More ›
Bethany Wyshak has worked in arts administration in New York City for nearly a decade. Committed to bringing music education to the city’s underserved communities, Bethany is thrilled to be part of the Harmony Program team. Prior to joining Harmony, Bethany worked in Operations and Artistic Planning at the New York Philharmonic and in the President’s Office at Manhattan School of Music, where she also earned her Master’s degree in Classical Voice. An experienced choral singer, Bethany performed with the National Chorale at David Geffen Hall during the 2008-‘09 and ‘09-‘10 seasons. Bethany holds Music and English Literature undergraduate degrees from the George Washington University, where she garnered honors for her capstone thesis, The Grand Travesty: Playing Gender on the Opera Stage. In her spare time, Bethany enjoys performing with Wandering Downhome, an indie-folk band.
Business Development Manager & Assistant to the Executive Director
Dan 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 major national and international law firms. 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.
Communications and Program Assistant
Elaheh Farmand comes to the Harmony Program with a background in web content analysis, writing, and a passion for our mission…Read More ›
Elaheh Farmand comes to the Harmony Program with a background in web content analysis, writing, and a passion for our mission. Before joining the Harmony staff, she worked in the IT department at J.Crew. She helped manage the website and ensured that content publishes ran smoothly. She received her B.A. in English at New York University with a minor in Creative Writing.
In addition to her work at Harmony Program, Elaheh runs a project entitled Immigrants and Exile: Stories of Nostalgia & Longing where she brings together storytellers, artists, poets, musicians, and comedians from all around the world to share their experiences of immigration. She also loves to sing.
Yasmine has worked to build capacity at non-profits across New York for over a decade. She began her career in fundraising at the acclaimed Public Theater and later served as the Director of Development…Read More ›
Yasmine has worked to build capacity at non-profits across New York for over a decade. She began her career in fundraising at the acclaimed Public Theater and later served as the Director of Development for The Film Society of Lincoln Center, a constituent organization of one of the world’s foremost performing arts institutions, where she led the public portion of a $40 million capital campaign. Since founding Advance NYC in 2011, she has provided strategic vision and fundraising support for a variety of non-profit organizations.
Our Board of Directors
Barbara Daniel, Treasurer
Roy Niederhoffer, Chairman
Dr. Kalmon Post
Our Junior Board
Dan Jeon, Secretary
Elise Schmidt, President
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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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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