• Summer Camp in Four Boroughs

    August 24, 2018

    This year’s Harmony Program summer camp was the best yet! Nearly 200 of our students in four boroughs received four weeks of music lessons – all day, every day. Our full-day program included orchestra, band, and choir rehearsals, group instrument lessons, music theory and composition classes, and fiddling/improvisation ensembles. We also presented a guest artist series, featuring musicians from different backgrounds performing a variety of genres. Highlights included New York Philharmonic violinist, Anna Rabinova; Juilliard violinist, Jonathan Miron; professional tap dancer and hip hop artist, Leo Manzari; and electro-acoustic violist, Martha Mooke.

    We thank all of our participating students, teachers, and families for an exciting and productive summer season!

  • Playing Under Gustavo Dudamel at the National Take A Stand Festival in Los Angeles

    August 24, 2018

    Four of our Harmony Program students – on violin, cello, bass, and trombone – qualified this year for the National Take A Stand Festival of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The National Take A Stand Festival is an opportunity for students from El Sistema-inspired programs throughout the US to perform as part of a top-tier national youth orchestra. This year’s festival also included a teaching intensive and symposium, which four Harmony Program teachers attended on full scholarship. The Festival concluded with a performance by the 140-member student orchestra of Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico Tico,” conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.

  • Harmony Students Excel at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp

    August 24, 2018

    Six Harmony Program students received full scholarships to attend the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts for the first time this summer. Among these talented students, one was chosen as Concert Mistress, two earned principal chairs, and one was placed in an advanced ensemble. We are so very proud of these talented students and look forward to sending more of our young Harmony musicians to Interlochen in the years ahead.

  • Harmony Welcomes New Staff!

    August 24, 2018

    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.

  • Spring Recital Season

    July 16, 2018

    Another successful Harmony Program year has concluded with student recitals across the city, featuring a broad array of performances such as Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “The Great Gate of Kiev” from Pictures at an Exhibition, and “New York, New York” — a fitting salute to our city. As we wrap up the year and prepare for our summer season, we reflect on the recent spring recitals with enormous gratitude for the dedication of our teachers, the hard work of our students, and the indispensable support of their families. Bravi tutti!

  • Welcoming Jackie Levine, Program Assistant!

    July 16, 2018

    We are excited to welcome Jackie Levine to our staff as Harmony’s new full-time Program Assistant. Jackie joins us with a longstanding interest in El Sistema-inspired music education organizations. As an undergraduate, she spent the summer of 2015 teaching violin and conducting ensembles with Arpégio, Peru. Additionally, she organized and led a student trip to visit similar programs in the Baltimore/DC area. Just prior to joining us, Jackie was Assistant Editor of music textbooks in the Higher Education Division at Oxford University Press, and is looking forward to applying her experience developing music-related educational content to her work at the Harmony Program. Jackie graduated from Princeton University with high honors in musicology and orchestral conducting performance.

  • Harmony Students Shine in Fourth Annual All-Stars Performance with the New York Philharmonic

    July 16, 2018

    Our All Stars concert with Harmony students and members of the New York Philharmonic is a highly anticipated event. This year’s fourth annual performance of our All Stars took place on May 30th in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.

    The 2018 Harmony Program All Stars Ensemble consisted of four high school students and fourteen elementary and middle school students from twelve different schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Long Island. Seven students made their All Star debuts, while eleven had been involved with this event in past years as well. All of them were selected as All Stars through a competitive audition process.

    Please enjoy a clip from the concert featuring Telemann’s Concerto for Four Violins in D Major, performed by Harmony violinists Angelo Chery, Christele Cherestal, and Luigi Auquilla, and New York Philharmonic violinist, Hae-Young Ham.