The Harmony Program is delighted to announce the arrival of two new staff members:
Director of Education – Norma Núñez-Ruch
Our new Director of Education is a native Venezuelan, who has been involved with Venezuela’s “El Sistema” for more than 20 years. She gained first-hand knowledge of El Sistema pedagogy as a student violist in the Venezuelan program for fourteen years. An accomplished violist, she played with Venezuelan orchestras for a decade beginning at age 10. After graduating from the University of Santa Maria in Caracas, Norma went on to work for the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela for over 7 years, in various administrative roles. Norma was named a Ford Motor Company International Fellow of the 92nd Street Y in 2011, becoming the first and only Venezuelan to receive this award. As an educator, Norma has taught viola in several El Sistema locations in her native Venezuela, and in 2014-2015, while studying for her master’s degree in Cultural Management at Universidad Carlos III, she coached the children of the Jonsui Children’s Orchestra in Madrid, Spain. For the last 3 years, she has been the Program Director of El Sistema Lehigh Valley, a program of the Allentown Symphony Association and also assumed the role of Education Director for the symphony. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Executive Assistant – Sean Craig
Sean comes to the Harmony Program with a passion for music, community, and arts administration. In college, he studied music and theater, with a focus on ethnomusicology and performance’s role in social justice. He immersed himself in the DC arts community, working as a writer and theater practitioner and interning for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. After graduating, Sean worked for a research and consulting start-up in Washington, DC, and he is thrilled to bring his strategic experience to the Harmony Program. Sean graduated from Georgetown University in 2016, with highest honors in American Musical Culture, Theater and Performance Studies, and English. In addition to his work at the Harmony Program, Sean writes freelance music reviews and short fiction.