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

We believe that music should be an integral part of every child’s education and that great expectations lead to even greater achievement. By training young musicians and building youth orchestras in underserved neighborhoods, we work not only to shape the lives of our children but also to engage and inspire their parents and their broader communities.

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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

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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Andrea Sisco

ANDREA SISCO

Communications Manager

Andrea comes to the Harmony Program after working for several years as a counselor and manager at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has also been actively engaged in community-building…Read More ›

Andrea comes to the Harmony Program after working for several years as a counselor and manager at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has also been actively engaged in community-building through music as a participant in Community MusicWorks’ Institute for Musicianship and Public Service and through outreach programs with the Vassar College student-run contemporary music group, Mahagonny Ensemble.

Andrea graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Music and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College. As an active clarinetist for the past 14 years, Andrea has a dynamic musical background in both classical and modern music ensembles and has appeared as a soloist with the Vassar College Orchestra.

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Paula Nemerson

PAULA NEMERSON

Director of Education

Paula is a passionate educator who has taught K-12 general music, chorus, and percussion ensemble, most recently in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. She has experience with diverse… Read More ›

Paula is a passionate educator who has taught K-12 general music, chorus, and percussion ensemble, most recently in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. She has experience with diverse methods of instruction, such as Kodaly and Dalcroze, and she is certified in Orff Schulwerk. A graduate of George Mason University, Paula earned her B.M. in Music Education, summa cum laude, is a certified music educator. Paula recently completed her Master’s degree in Music Education and is currently studying Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Baruch College.

In addition to her work at the Harmony Program, Paula also maintains a piano studio for private instruction and sings with the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus.

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Yasmine Falk

YASMINE FALK

Strategy and Development Consultant

Yasmine Falk 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… Read More ›

Yasmine Falk 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.

Since founding the consulting firm Advance NYC in 2011, she has partnered with a variety of non-profit organizations, including Pilobolus Dance Theater, ArtsConnection, The Harmony Program, Labyrinth Theater Company, A.R.T./New York, Room to Grow, and The New York Academy of Art among many others. Prior to discovering her passion for nonprofit management, Ms. Falk studied classical voice at New York University.

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Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh

ALYSSA KAYSER-HIRSH

Executive Assistant

Alyssa comes to the Harmony Program after working with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, a touring ensemble created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. She has worked…Read More ›

Alyssa comes to the Harmony Program after working with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, a touring ensemble created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. She has worked as a teacher and administrator for several years at the summer music programs SING! and Strings@Amherst and served as President of the Wellesley College Choir.

Alyssa recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College where she earned her B.A. in Music and American Studies. She is a pianist and cellist and enjoys performing as a chamber and orchestral musician.

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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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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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