November 3, 2014
In the Bronx, upper Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island, Harmony Program students have begun their classes this year. In fact, today is our new trumpet students’ first day of class at PS 166 in Manhattan.
We thank our partners, including the YMCA, the United Palace of Cultural Arts, the D’Addario Foundation, and the Success Academy Charter School Network, for helping us expand opportunities for young people to pick up their instruments — often for the first time — and play!
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Silvers.
October 30, 2014
This year, the Harmony Program and the New York Philharmonic will be partners in the newly established Philharmonic Academy, Jr., as announced in recent press. This partnership will provide young Harmony Program students with the invaluable opportunity to study and perform with the New York Philharmonic’s world-class musicians.
On January 31st, Harmony Program students from New York City and Long Island will participate in our fourth master class led by Philharmonic members. Our students will spend the day with their Philharmonic colleagues in sectional and orchestral rehearsals and top things off with a side-by-side public performance. In addition to our master class, this year the Harmony Program is creating a selective All Star Ensemble of its most accomplished young musicians. Members of the New York Philharmonic will help adjudicate the student auditions, host ensemble members at a Young People’s Concert and special reception, and train them for a public performance on May 20th.
The Harmony Program thanks the New York Philharmonic for helping to make these special opportunities possible!
October 24, 2014
On Tuesday, October 21st, the Harmony Program gathered supporters, partners, teachers and parents to celebrate the start of the school year. The event featured performances by the Morningside Trio; virtuosic pianist, Kariné Poghosyan; and performances by Harmony’s talented young musicians.
You can check out some photos from the celebration on our Facebook page. Below is a video clip of Justin Laurenceau, one of Harmony’s most accomplished students who began with us as a 3rd grader, and Achilles Liarmakopoulos, a former Harmony Program teacher and current member of the Canadian Brass, performing a duet at the event. Don’t they sound fantastic? We’re so proud of Justin and so grateful to Achilles for taking the time to work with one of our talented young musicians!
September 23, 2014
Our annual teacher training began last week with 18 hours of professional development led by Harmony’s Director of Education, Paula Nemerson, and guest lecturers. Topics included classroom management, lesson planning, and rehearsal techniques, among many other subjects relevant to our teachers’ experience with us.
As always, our teachers bring to the Harmony Program extraordinary musical talent; they are graduates of top music schools, including Juilliard, Eastman and the Manhattan School of Music. Our teachers boast extensive performance careers in many different countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and China, but they all have in common a commitment to sharing their gifts with others. As one of our cello teachers, Melody, explained in her application essay, “My goal as a teacher is to instill an appreciation of music and communicate the importance of music as a connector of all people.”
Thank you, Harmony Program teachers, for your dedication to our mission and for the difference you make in our students’ lives!
September 6, 2014
Now that the summer is coming to a close, we are pleased to announce that through our new and existing organizational partnerships, the Harmony Program expects to serve 200 students during the 2014-2015 academic year at a total of nine sites in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
Through a new partnership with the Success Academy Charter School Network, we are providing violin, viola, and cello instruction at two of their schools in East and West Harlem. Building on our partnership with the YMCA, we are establishing a trumpet program for students at PS 166 in Manhattan. And, through our partnership with PS 107 in the Bronx, we are launching a winds program of after-school flute and clarinet classes.
We are grateful to our new partners for helping to make these opportunities possible for our young musicians and look forward to welcoming all of our new students into our growing Harmony Program community.
August 12, 2014
On Saturday, August 9, 2014, Harmony Program students from our summer program in Brooklyn brought their music outside as part of the NYC Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets. This outdoor celebration is an annual event in which almost seven miles of NYC streets are closed to traffic and instead used as open space for people to play, run, walk, and bike. The Harmony Program was fortunate enough to be invited to perform at Foley Square as one of the local musical performances that passersby could enjoy.
Musicians from our Brooklyn Orchestra had a blast performing a few selections of classical and pop music, including an arrangement of “Let’s Get Loud.” Check out a clip from their performance!
July 29, 2014
Two of our young cellists from Washington Heights, Paul and Jackson, and their teacher, David Wiley, spent the afternoon performing for young people at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on Monday, July 28th.
Paul and Jackson played some of the music they had been working on this summer for young patients in the hospital. David Wiley, who has been coaching these two all summer said, “The entire show went so smoothly and they were so well prepared that they didn’t even look nervous. They performed well, as always, and really proved themselves to be miniature professionals.”
We are so proud of these young musicians for sharing the gift of music with those who need it most. What an awesome thing to do!