December 12, 2016
Bethany Wyshak has recently joined the Harmony Program as our full-time Program Manager. Bethany comes to us from the New York Philharmonic, where she spent seven years in the areas of operations and artistic planning. She earned her Masters Degree in classical voice from the Manhattan School of Music and is an accomplished choral and folk singer. She is passionate about our mission of bringing music education into under-served communities, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our team!
December 12, 2016
Our Harmony Program Youth Orchestra (HPYO) South, led by Larry Markiewicz, meets in Lower Manhattan and serves students from our sites in Long Island, Brooklyn, Chinatown, and Lower Manhattan. Our HPYO North, led by Eric Mahl, meets in Washington Heights and serves students from our sites in the Bronx, Upper Manhattan, and Queens.
In addition to serving young musicians of the Harmony Program, the HPYO North and South are open to all students in grades 4-12 who have played an instrument for at least one year. Interested students can sign up here.
Please help us spread the word among interested young musicians!
November 7, 2016
What a night! On Wednesday, October 19th, over 100 guests gathered at Ginny’s Supper Club inside the Red Rooster in Harlem for the Harmony Program Fall Benefit honoring the great Wynton Marsalis. Throughout the evening Wynton entertained our guests with stories of his own musical experiences, shared helpful and inspiring words of encouragement with our students, and treated us all to a mini-master class in the art of improvisation.
Several students from our sites in Chinatown, upper Manhattan, and Brooklyn had the thrill of performing for him and asking him questions on everything from his early musical memories and important influences to instrumental technique and performance.
We are so grateful to Wynton for the warmth and enthusiasm he expressed toward our students and to our guests for their generous support. And we congratulate our teachers and students on their beautiful performances.
For additional pictures from the Harmony Program Fall Benefit with Wynton Marsalis, click here.
November 7, 2016
On Wednesday, October 5th, some of our Harmony Program students took part in an orchestral performance to celebrate the launch of Playing for their Lives: the Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change through Music!, a book by Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth on the world-wide expansion of Venezuela’s famous music education system, El Sistema.
In addition to readings of excerpts from the book, our students took the stage with young musicians from five other area El Sistema-inspired organizations and provided guests with a first hand taste of what El Sistema’s influence has helped foster right here in New York City.
If you are interested in learning more about El Sistema’s global reach, Playing for their Lives can be purchased here.
August 17, 2016
On July 11th, the Harmony Program launched its third year of intensive summer programming at five locations across New York City and on Long Island. The importance of this opportunity cannot be overemphasized; the summer season represents an important time for students to continue to build on the social and musical skills they have developed during the school year.
All of our students were encouraged to participate in eight weeks of lessons (up to 10 hours per week of instruction), and our summer students will cap off the season with public performances during the week of August 22nd. It has been a fun and productive summer so far, and we look forward to sharing our students’ accomplishments.
August 17, 2016
The Harmony Program is pleased to announce Eliah Seton as the newest member of our Board of Directors. Eliah is currently the President of Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) Worldwide, the independent distribution and services arm of Warner Music Group. He previously served as Senior Vice President of International Strategy & Operations at Warner Recorded Music. In that role, he was responsible for growing the company’s global footprint and creating new opportunities for its artists. Eliah joined WMG in 2009 as Vice President, Office of the CEO (a team he helped build) where he contributed to a wide variety of strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining WMG, Eliah worked at Goldman Sachs and Portfolio Logic. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated from Harvard College.
May 19, 2016
On Tuesday, April 26th, the Harmony Program and the New York Philharmonic hosted their second annual All Star event in the David Rubenstein Atrium of Lincoln Center. Selected through a competitive audition process, nine Harmony Program All Stars had the opportunity to be coached in small ensembles by members of the New York Philharmonic in preparation for their public performance before an audience of over 300 guests. This year’s concert featured, among other selections, the world premiere of a string quartet, Lucy’s Aria, written expressly for our Harmony Program All Stars by renowned American composer, John Corigliano, who was in attendance that evening.
The All Star experience was powerful for mentors, students, and families alike. One All Star, Chris Quezada, had six family members in the audience, all of whom were beaming with pride after the concert. “It was very emotional. It was my first time to see my nephew perform,” said Chris’ aunt. Chris’ sister Christina, who was spending her birthday at the concert, said, “Chris was like, ‘Christina! We’re going to play this song for you.’ That was a warm moment for me.”
The Harmony Program thanks the New York Philharmonic for making this special opportunity possible for our All Stars and classical music publishers, G. Schirmer, for commissioning original works for our students through our Living Harmony partnership. And, of course, we congratulate our Harmony Program All Stars on their impressive achievements!