This semester was one of our best yet – an exciting time of achievement, growth, and new beginnings. We welcomed back returning students while expanding into new communities and reaching more families than ever. We grew our staff and added more hands-on training and support for our teachers. We worked with music educators across the city and hosted distinguished guests to witness the great strides our students continue to make. And this week, after a season of activity, Harmony Program students at P.S. 129 and the United Palace of Cultural Arts took the stage to perform and share what they’ve learned.
At P.S. 129 yesterday, a group of forty students came together to perform music for small ensembles and orchestra, including some holiday favorites. Before the performance, Principal Odelphia Pierre spoke to the audience about the importance of the Harmony Program to the P.S. 129 community, highlighting the achievements of our students, and congratulating them for their dedication to daily lessons.
And on Monday, beginner students at the UPCA performed for family and friends some familiar tunes, including Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Jingle Bells, and a theme and variations rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Between the formal performances, students presented fun facts about their instruments and demonstrated performance techniques they’ve learned.
It’s agreat to see our students share their achievements with their classmates and families, and this concert was especially exciting for us because it was the first with our new partners at the UPCA. Check out the UPCA blog to learn more.
Thanks again to everyone who took part in the Harmony Program this semester, especially the students, families, teachers, and supporters who make our work possible.