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!
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.