On Friday, June 5th, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir concluded their broadcast by naming all of the dedicated students of the Harmony Program as its “Persons of the Week.” The segment focused on a new joint initiative of the Harmony Program and the New York Philharmonic known as the All Star Ensemble.
The Harmony Program’s All Star Ensemble and several other collaborative efforts with the New York Philharmonic are made possible through the Philharmonic Academy Jr., which provides pre-college students with training by Philharmonic musicians.
The inaugural All Star Ensemble consisted of eight Harmony Program students, who were chosen by audition to participate in an 11-day mentorship with the musicians of the New York Philharmonic. The All Stars attended a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert, met with conductor Alan Gilbert, sat in on a closed New York Philharmonic rehearsal, and spent a day rehearsing with six New York Philharmonic musicians to prepare for a side-by-side performance that took place on Wednesday, May 20th in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.
On behalf of the Harmony Program, we would like to extend our gratitude to the New York Philharmonic musicians who participated in this first-ever All Star Ensemble experience: George Curran (trombone), Hae-Young Ham (violin), Anna Rabinova (violin), Qiang Tu (cello), Kyle Zerna (percussion), and Joshua Gersen, the Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor beginning in the 2015-2016 season. We would also like to thank Theodore Wiprud, Vice President, Education, New York Philharmonic, whose ongoing efforts have helped make this and other important educational opportunities possible for our students.
Congratulations to our 2015 Harmony Program All Star Ensemble students: Leslie Alvarez (cello), Christele Cherestal (violin), Wellington Jimenez (viola), Justin Laurenceau (trombone), Sebastian Millien (percussion), Liliana Peeler (viola), Megan Simon (cello), and Mauricio Solis (violin). Congratulations also to all of our Harmony Program students for being named ABC’s “Persons of the Week.” This recognition is a testament to their hard work and dedication to studying music. And finally, thank you to their parents and Harmony Program instructors for the invaluable support and encouragement they give our students every day.