December 5, 2014
We are pleased to announce that the Harmony Program, along with Play on Philly!, has been featured in a documentary film entitled “Crescendo: the Power of Music.” The film, produced by Jamie Bernstein and Elizabeth Kling, premiered in October at the Philadelphia Film Festival, where it won the Pinkenson Award for Best Local Feature, as well as the Audience Award.
The film made its way to New York City for a private screening that took place on December 3rd at Symphony Space. Following the film, there was a brief Q&A session with the producers; Anne Fitzgibbon, Founder/Director of the Harmony Program; and Stanford Thompson, Founder/Director of Play on Philly! The evening concluded with performances by some of our Harmony Program brass students.
For more information about the film, visit www.crescendofilmdoc.com.
November 27, 2014
Through partnerships with high-quality cultural institutions around New York City, the Harmony Program has been able to offer tickets to a variety of concerts to our students and families, free of charge.
Most recently, our Harmony Program families have attended the following performances:
Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall
October 29, 2014
Harlem Chamber Players at Broadway Presbyterian Church
November 9, 2014
New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center
November 16, 2014
Jazz at Lincoln Center Performance
November 17, 2014
Thank you to all of our partners for making these opportunities available to our students!
November 4, 2014
On Monday, Warner Music Group announced the creation of the Warner Music Prize, an annual award that will recognize a professional musician aged 35 or under who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise in the realm of classical music. The nominees for the inaugural award are drawn from the young singers and instrumentalists presented by Carnegie Hall during the 2014-15 concert season.
The Harmony Program is honored to have been selected as one of two beneficiaries of the inaugural Warner Music Prize gala, which will be held on October 27, 2015 at Carnegie Hall. As an organization committed to bringing music making into the city’s under-served communities, the Harmony Program witnesses first-hand the benefits of rigorous classical music instruction, and we are proud to participate in an initiative that cultivates and celebrates musical achievement.
For more on Monday’s announcement, click here.
And for more information on the Warner Music Prize, visit http://warnermusicprize.com/.
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!