January 30, 2014
Thank you again to everyone who came out to Capitale on Tuesday night for our Winter Gala! The evening was a celebration of music and an experience that none of us will soon forget.
We were honored to host Grammy Award-winning violinist, Joshua Bell, who is not only a world-renowned musician, but a longtime advocate of music education. His dedication both to music and community reflects the Harmony Program’s priorities and the values we hope to instill in our students, and it was an honor to celebrate with him and our supporters, teachers, and students.
Mr. Bell met and rehearsed with our students before performing for our audience of supporters, teachers, and families. He then sat in with the Harmony youth orchestra, performing Strauss’s Radetzky March with over 60 young musicians from Brooklyn, Harlem, and Washington Heights. After the performance, he spoke about his favorite teachers and his most memorable performances, and answered questions from interested students.
We are proud to showcase our student’s achievements, and this night was truly special. Thanks again to everyone who made it possible, including the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Bob McGrath, the Alexander Maxwell Grant Foundation, and our many generous supporters.
January 27, 2014
We believe that music should be an integral part of every child’s education, and this year we’ve partnered with the D’Addario Foundation to create an after-school music program for young people from schools on Long Island who haven’t had a strings program in over 30 years.
After a period of planning and recruitment, we celebrated the start of the program on January 8th and began classes on January 24th. This three-year collaborative effort will provide twenty-six third- and fourth-grade students, from the Deauville East and West Elementary Schools, with musical instruments, transportation to the D’Addario facility after school, and six hours a week of instruction on violin, viola and cello, provided by teachers who are local professionals and music education students at nearby Hofstra University.
Check out pictures from the first week of classes on Facebook. We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing their progress in the coming months!
December 13, 2013
Here’s the Harmony Program string orchestra from the United Palace of Cultural Arts performing “Russian Sailor’s Dance” at the Plaza Hotel last Friday!
November 11, 2013
We are delighted to announce our upcoming Winter Gala on Tuesday, January 28th. The evening will honor Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and feature performances by Harmony Program students and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. It is sure to be a celebration you won’t want to miss! Visit the new Gala page on our website and feel free to contact us with any questions.
We hope to see you there!
November 4, 2013
This weekend, for the second time this year, we teamed up with the New York Philharmonic for a full day of lessons, rehearsals, and performances that brought together Harmony Program students from across the city.
Over sixty young musicians turned out to study and work with members of the Philharmonic, including Marc Ginsberg, Anna Rabinova, Judith Nelson, and Mindy Kaufman. To close out the day, the group assembled on stage and perfected their performance techniques with Philharmonic staff conductor, Michael Adelson, who told the students that, by learning to play music and performing as an orchestra, they’ve joined a long lineage of great musicians before them.
The Master Class is one of our favorite events of the year. It gives our students the unique opportunity to collaborate with gifted professionals who have traveled the world, performed on the largest stages, and mastered their craft through years of hard work and dedication. It’s truly an inspirational experience and one that we look forward to continuing in the months and years ahead.
October 16, 2013
We were joined last night by friends, supporters, and families for a celebration and special performance to mark the start of 2013 school year.
Check out this clip of two of our very talented cello students from Washington Heights, Paul and Wagner. It’s hard to believe that they’ve been playing for less than a year!
September 27, 2013
For the past two weeks, our teachers have participated in professional development workshops on topics ranging from lesson planning and assessment to cognitive development and classroom methods.
One of our newest teachers, Angela Shankar, told us, “I’ve learned several new strategies from the teacher training program that have provided me with concrete ideas to implement in my classroom.”
This year’s workshops were was our most comprehensive yet. Nearly 30 teachers received over 25 hours of training, which they’ll soon put to use in classrooms across the city.