April 6, 2015
On Thursday, April 2nd, the Harmony Program held its annual gala and honored the New York Philharmonic for supporting the development of young musicians and ensembles. Hosted by PBS NewsHour’s John Merrow, the evening showcased a variety of musical performances, celebrated the achievements of our students, and surpassed its fundraising goals. Below is a video of highlights from the evening:
The Harmony Program gala is always a musical affair. This year we were treated to performances by Ali Bello and his Latin jazz trio; the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, under the direction of David Bernard; and the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinetist, Anthony McGill, violinist, Haeyoung Ham, and teaching artist, Mitchell Lyon. Of course, our gala would not be complete without a performance by our students. We congratulate our Harmony Program orchestra and reserve a special “brava!” for eight-year old violin student, Vanessa Sidemion, who performed an opening duet with Haeyoung Ham.
Our gala evening brought together many of our organizational partners, including representatives of the New York Philharmonic, the City University of New York, the West Point Band, the New York Youth Symphony, G. Schirmer, Warner Music Group, and the schools and community-based organizations that host our after-school programs. We thank them and our parents, teachers, and students for making our work possible and for making the gala evening such a success!
New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist, Anthony McGill, rehearsing alongside Harmony Program clarinetists before their gala performance.
April 1, 2015
Since 2013, the Harmony Program has been partnering with the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), whose members perform for our young students and invite the most advanced among them to participate in side-by-side rehearsals. These opportunities inspire our students to tackle more challenging repertoire and seek advanced performance opportunities.
On March 31st, Harmony Program students at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights rehearsed the first movement of Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik with a chamber ensemble of the New York Youth Symphony. Below is a video that captures the fruits of this valuable collaboration.
March 3, 2015
On Saturday, February 28th, 20 of Harmony’s most advanced students from across the city had the opportunity to audition in front of a panel of musicians from the New York Philharmonic with the hope of earning acceptance into the All-Star Ensemble.
These strings, brass, wind, and percussion students have been preparing since the fall for the chance of a lifetime: a mentorship with members of the New York Philharmonic and an opportunity to perform with their New York Phil mentors in the Atrium at Lincoln Center in May. Students who are selected to be members of this All-Star Ensemble will attend a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert, sit in on a New York Philharmonic rehearsal, and receive a day of coaching and mentoring from New York Philharmonic musicians to prepare for their performance.
We’d like to thank our judges, George Curran, Shanshan Yao, Mindy Kaufman, and Nathan Vickery, from the New York Philharmonic for taking the time to listen to our students and provide them with thoughtful feedback.
Congratulations to all of our students who have been involved in the audition process; we are so proud of your hard work!
February 3, 2015
On Saturday, January 31st, over 100 Harmony Program students from Harlem, Washington Heights, Brooklyn, and Long Island came together at the United Palace Theater for our annual Master Class with members of the New York Philharmonic.
Our students began the day working in sectionals with their Harmony teachers and musicians from the West Point Band. Later they were joined by members of the New York Philharmonic who spent the afternoon coaching them in small group classes before taking the stage for a side-by-side orchestra rehearsal and final public performance.
The Harmony Program thanks all those who made the day such a success, and we congratulate our participating students, some of whom took their seats in the orchestra for the very first time!
Below are video clips of our Master Class performances. To see pictures from our Master Class, please visit our Facebook page.
January 29, 2015
The Harmony Program is pleased to announce that we will be honoring the New York Philharmonic at this year’s annual gala. Through our partnership, the New York Philharmonic donates concert tickets, leads master classes for hundreds of our students, and coaches a city-wide “All Star” ensemble of our most promising young musicians. In short, they demonstrate their commitment to our mission and to fostering young talent by providing access to excellence.
We hope you will consider joining us for what promises to be a memorable evening of music, dancing, and special performances by members of the New York Philharmonic as well as our Harmony Program Orchestra.
For more information on purchasing tickets and tables, please visit our visit our gala webpage, email email@example.com or call (347) 949-8490.
December 29, 2014
The holiday season is one of our busiest here at the Harmony Program. Our students have the chance to take the stage, some of them for the very first time, at our Winter Recitals, which took place throughout the month of December. We heard beginners who have only been studying music for a few months, as well as our more advanced students who have been playing for several years.
Here are a few festive clips from our students’ performances:
December 9, 2014
On December 6th, the Brooklyn Rock Lottery held its 5th annual fundraiser and selected the Harmony Program as its beneficiary. This unusual event challenges 25 local indie-rock musicians to form brand new bands for a day of songwriting and then puts them on stage that same night to perform their compositions.
This year’s event took place at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The newly minted bands performed to a full house, and all of the proceeds from the evening will be given to the Harmony Program.
We thank our friends at the Brooklyn Rock Lottery, the participating musicians, and all their loyal fans for this unique opportunity and for their very generous support.