June 25, 2017
On Friday, June 23rd, 30 of our Harmony Program students spent the day on the set of Mozart in the Jungle, an award-winning comedy-drama web television series, entering its fourth season. Without revealing any spoilers, we can share that our students are playing the roles of brand new youth orchestra members during the show’s upcoming season. We’ll let you know when the season will air, and like us, you’ll have to tune in to see how the story unfolds! Thanks to the cast and crew of Amazon Studios for this opportunity and for making our students feel so welcome.
June 4, 2017
On Saturday, June 3rd, our 2017 Harmony Program All Stars performed alongside their New York Philharmonic mentors at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. This year’s 17 All Stars were selected through a competitive audition process adjudicated by New York Philharmonic musicians. As All Stars, they were matched with musicians of the Philharmonic, including violinists Shanshan Yao and Anna Rabinova, violist Peter Kenote, and horn player Richard Deane, and teaching artists, cellist Wendy Law and bassist Brian Ellingsen. Their collaborative culminating concert followed months of coaching by their Philharmonic mentors and featured the world premiere of Two Peruvian Dances for String Orchestra composed for them by Gabriela Lena Frank through the Harmony Program’s partnership with music publishers G. Schirmer. The piece was directed by Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen. We thank our partners who make this annual event possible and congratulate our young All Stars on their hard work and accomplishments.
Watch this video of the world premiere of Two Peruvian Dances for String Orchestra, composed by Gabriela Lena Frank:
May 18, 2017
The Harmony Program is pleased to be expanding its summer programming this year. We will be providing all of our students from across the City and Long Island with access to musical training every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for six weeks during July and August! Our expanded offerings will include group instrumental instruction, orchestra rehearsals, music history, theory, and improvisation as well as feature guest artist and special performances.
In addition to playing with the Harmony Program, many of our students and alumni will be participating in other impressive programs this summer. Below are just a few of these selective opportunities:
- National Take a Stand Festival in Los Angeles (performing under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel) – trombonist, Justin Laurenceau, and violinist, Angelo Chery, both from Brooklyn
- El Sistema Europe – Double bass player, Ryan Hau, from Brooklyn
- Leadership Ambassador Summit at Harvard University – violinist, Kierah Harris, from Long Island
- Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp (with scholarship) – cellist, Tamika Merise, and violinist, Baldwin Cyriaque, from Brooklyn
- Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp – Bassist, Paul Holguin, from Washington Heights
May 18, 2017
On April 5th the Harmony Program held its annual spring gala at the Tribeca Rooftop. Hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight, the event honored Latin jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner, Paquito D’Rivera, and featured solo and ensemble performances by Harmony students from across the City and Long Island.
The Harmony Program thanks Mr. D’Rivera, Terrance McKnight, conductor David Bard, and our entire community of teachers, parents, students, and supporters for such a successful and memorable evening
April 2, 2017
On April 1st, the Harmony Program held its fifth annual Youth Orchestra Day with the New York Philharmonic at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights. The event gathered over 80 beginner string students from across the City and Long Island for a full day of coaching by teaching artists of the New York Philharmonic and introduced many of our young musicians to the orchestral experience for the very first time. The day culminated in a joyful side-by-side performance for family, friends, and community members.
The Harmony Program thanks our New York Philharmonic colleagues, including Ted Wiprud, Debora Kang, Stanichika Dimitrova, Janey Choi, Caeli Smith, and Arlen Hlusko; conductor David Barg; the United Palace of Cultural Arts; and our parents and students for a beautiful day of music-making.
February 25, 2017
The Harmony Program and our partners at the New York Philharmonic have selected this year’s All Stars! Over the next five months, these 18 promising young musicians, chosen after two rounds of auditions, will be mentored and trained by musicians of the Philharmonic. Their work together will culminate in a public side-by-side performance on Saturday, June 3rd. We thank our colleagues at the Philharmonic for inspiring our students year after year and congratulate our All Stars on their achievement!
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!