September 25, 2017
This year the Harmony Program is expanding its reach. Our presence will include 15 after-school programs and Saturday Youth Orchestras across four boroughs and Long Island, serving over 300 students and their broader communities. New sites this year include PS 3 and PS 114 in the Brooklyn communities of Bedford Stuyvesant and Canarsie through a partnership with CAMBA, the Castle Bridge School in Washington Heights, and the Urban Assembly Maker Academy in Lower Manhattan.
September 24, 2017
On September 13th, we gathered supporters, partners, and program participants to celebrate the Harmony Program’s 10th Anniversary!
Our celebration honored the one-and-only Canadian Brass, who charmed our audiences, engaged our young musicians in a lively Q&A session, and performed side-by-side with Harmony Program brass students, Elisha Gomez, Thanddnes Palmer, David Arichavala, and Justin Laurenceau. Harmony string students, Gabriela Bravo, Gabriela Dadie, Genevia Drame, Simeon Drame, Kimberly Morales, Addison Rosenbaum, Hunter Rosenbaum, and Ryan Hau, also performed for our guests, sharing a rousing fiddle tune that opened the evening.
We are grateful to those who attended and to all who have made our organization’s work possible. To view photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.
August 4, 2017
This year’s Harmony Program summer camp served over 130 students from across the city. Students were offered five weeks of music lessons — every day, all day — for the equivalent of a half-year of instruction. In addition to orchestra and choir, students studied music theory, practiced improvisation, learned different musical styles, and attended workshops with musical guests, including Scottish fiddle champion, Lynn Rubier-Capron; composer, bassist, and founder of the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, Jon Deak; and New York Philharmonic violinist, Anna Rabinova.
July 11, 2017
Harmony Program students, Angelo Chery and Justin Laurenceau, were chosen through a highly selective process to join 100 other students from across the country for the week-long National Take a Stand Festival hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in July. The inspiring event culminated in a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall, led by Music & Artistic Director, Gustavo Dudamel, and Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Thomas Wilkins. Music educators gathered at the same time for the Festival’s symposium where Harmony Program Founder and Executive Director, Anne Fitzgibbon, and Myka Miller, Executive Director of YOLA’s Harmony Project, co-presented a workshop on best practices.
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